Hingham Land Trust to Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Jacobs Meadow at May 6 Annual Meeting

Stone at Jacobs Meadow installed at the parkland’s dedication in May 1991. Photo from HLCT archives.

April 19, 2021, Submitted by Eileen McIntyre, Chair, Hingham Land Conservation Trust

The Hingham Land Conservation Trust will celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Jacobs Meadow, a HLCT conservation area and parkland in South Hingham, at the trust’s Thursday, May 6 annual meeting. The program starts at 7pm via ZOOM.

After a brief business meeting conducted by Vice Chair Art Collins, including the election of the HLCT board slate for 2021, HLCT Chair Eileen McIntyre will begin the Jacobs Meadow anniversary festivities by sharing fascinating history about the meadowland and adjacent Glad Tidings Plain Historic District. This history will highlight the lasting legacy of Hingham’s Jacobs family – descendants of 1633 English immigrant Nicholas Jacob (no “s” then.) The program also provides an opportunity to recall Helen Burns, a founding HLCT trustee, whose gifts of multiple parcels to the HLCT and the Hingham Conservation Commission created this remarkable conservation and parkland. Ms. Burns died in 1993.

At the May 11, 1991, official opening of Jacobs Meadow, Phil Swanson and Helen Burns shared a celebratory toast. Phil and Helen, both now deceased, were among the founding board members of the Hingham Land Conservation Trust in 1972. Photo from HLCT archives.

HLCT board member Zak Mertz will continue the evening’s festivities with the online premiere of the HLCT’s Spring 2021 Walk—“A Walk at Jacobs Meadow.” This virtual walk features the popular South Shore guide and wetlands expert Steve Ivas, who will describe some of the special features of Jacobs Meadow that walkers can enjoy on future visits to the property.

A vista at Jacobs Meadow showing some of the walking trails after seasonal mowing last
Spring. Photo by Rick Rohleder, member HLCT Board of Trustees.

The 30-acre Jacobs Meadow is part of 100 acres of contiguous open space and protected wetlands, including the 50-acre town-owned Lehner Conservation Area and additional Hingham Conservation Commission parcels. Visitors to Jacobs Meadow can park behind Wilder Memorial Nursery School on weekends, or when the school is closed, and enter the property via the Jacobs Meadow gate.

To register for the free ZOOM program on May 6, send an email request to: [email protected].

To learn more about the Hingham Land Conservation Trust, go to www.hinghamlandtrust.org

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