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Join us as we celebrate the addition of Gerry Island to The Trustees roster of special places that will be protected forever.
Saturday, June 15 from 3:30–5PM
Rain Date Sunday, June 16 from 4:30–6PM
Gerry Island, access via Gashouse Lane, Marblehead, MA 01945
The event will include brief remarks and a ribbon-cutting ceremony. There will also be opportunities to learn about coastal waters and the ecology of the island’s rocky intertidal habitat.
Please note that there is no dedicated parking lot at this property. Street parking is available on many public roads within a 10-minute walk of the site. Please leave plenty of time to park and find your way to the event.
We regret that there are no public restrooms at Gerry Island or Gashouse Beach. Please plan your visit accordingly.
Other relevant details
For your safety, we advise visitors to wear footwear suitable for walking across an uneven and slippery rocky shore. Unfortunately, due to the terrain and the slope leading up to the island, Gerry Island is not wheelchair accessible.
For more information
Please contact Carole at 978-356-4351, x4050 or firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or concerns.
Space is limited, so please RSVP at your earliest convenience.
Situated in Marblehead’s scenic Little Harbor, Gerry Island is a beloved and iconic feature of the area’s coastal landscape, and neighbor to The Trustees’ Crowninshield Island. Together, these make up a modest portion of the Town’s open space, and afford stunning views of quintessential New England rocky coastline. Recreationalists can explore this special place on foot by walking across a rocky tombolo, or spit of land, which is accessible only around low tide. Likewise, paddlers and boaters can duck into pictureesque coves on either side of the island, and beachgoers enjoy views of the island from the Town’s Gashouse Beach.
Gerry Island is uniquely situated at the end of a naturally occurring gravel land-bridge exposed at low tide, allowing visits by foot. Visible from historic Fort Sewall and the town’s Gas House Beach, it is a popular destination for those seeking to explore the intertidal zone, enjoy unique views of the historic Marblehead shoreline, or visit by canoe or SUP.
Referenced in early records as Maverick's Island, the island was owned in the mid-18th century by Thomas Gerry, whose son Elbridge Gerry rose to prominence as a signatory to the Declaration of Independence, Governor of the Commonwealth, and Vice President to James Madison. He inspired the term “gerrymandering,” which was coined after Gerry signed into law a re-districting bill that favored his party.
With 120 miles of Massachusetts coastline under its protection, The Trustees is a leader in shoreline conservation, and in promoting the care of the Commonwealth’s coastal resources. Permanent protection for this Island will ensure public access to this iconic island, augmenting the recreational appeal of Marblehead's Little Harbor. Our proposed stewardship will focus on creating a welcoming destination from which to enjoy views of Marblehead's historic coastline, including benches and signs to welcome the visitor.