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The Land Preservation Society of Norton acknowledges that it owns land which was once a part of the original Wampanoag territory when explorers and settlers arrived in the 17th century. Known as a place for hunting and fishing, arrowheads and other artifacts have been found near Winnecunnet Pond. Two sites important to Wampanoag history are on Land Preservation land. One is
King Philip's Cave. Legend tells us it was a lookout and a place of refuge for Metacomet (King Philip), the Wampanoag sachem, during King Philip's war. Lockety Neck, where the Rumford and Wading Rivers join on Woodward Forest land was an early battleground in the war. Descendants of the tribe still remain in the area.
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The Land Preservation Society of Norton (LPS)

The Land Preservation Society is a non-profit, independent conservation group chartered in 1970 by the State of Massachusetts. We are dedicated to keeping a variety of types of land wild for the conservation of plant and animal species. Our first purchase was funded by a loan from the Nature Conservancy in 1971, and was one of many that help protect wetlands and Norton's water supply. We also conduct occasional walks on our property and work with other groups to educate people about the environment and conservation. Currently we hold over 1000 acres of land in Norton. Although much of our land is not easily reached, or lacks paths, and is purely for conservation and wetland protection, over half of our land is very accessible for walking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and bird watching. Land beside town roads and with some paths includes the 150-acre Woodward Woods off Gateway Lane, the Henrich Woods and Johnson Woods off North Washington Street, the Reinhard Pasture beside North Washington Street, the Clapp Wildlife Preserve on Oak Street at Walker Street, and our original holdings along the Canoe River on both sides of Red Mill Road. We welcome new members. Click here for information.