The Hawthorne Wildlife Sanctuary, outlined in red, abuts Conservation Land 9 (Provincetown Conservation Trust), at 26 Aunt Sukey’s Way.
Hawthorne Wildlife Sanctuary. This three-acre tract — mixed wooded upland, wooded dune, and wetlands — was the last private property in the Jimmy’s Pond area, according to the Massachusetts Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs, and its establishment in 2011 completed a 17-acre conservation area, adding to the Provincetown Greenway wildlife migration corridor. It abuts Conservation Land 9, at 26 Aunt Sukey’s Way.
The property was owned from 1971 to 2010 by Caro Campbell Hawthorne, a clinical social worker and therapist who is a granddaughter of the painters Charles Webster Hawthorne and Marion Campbell Hawthorne. Caro’s parents were Joseph Campbell Hawthorne (1908-1994), a well-known conductor and musical director, and Hazel Russell (Wragg) Hawthorne (1913-2012), a professional librarian. They were married in 1949.
The purchase price was $660,000. As the sign notes, the sanctuary was a cooperative project between the Town of Provincetown and the Massachusetts Local Acquisitions for Natural Diversity (LAND) Grant Program. It also benefited from the Community Preservation Act and the Cape Cod Land Bank program, both of which have allowed towns, at their discretion, to assess a three-percent surcharge on real-estate taxes for the acquisition of open spaces.
15 Aunt Sukey’s Way on the Town Map, showing property lines.
¶ Last updated on 19 January 2022.