Island Facts: Grape Island
Wander peaceful trails, explore the rocky beaches, and enjoy camping in wooded campsites.
Today, 54-acre Grape Island is a wildlife haven. Wild berries can be found in abundance, providing food for a wide variety of birds. The island almost doubles in size to 101 acres at low tide. Grape Island also features camp sites, picnic areas, wooded trails and guided walks. Special events include "wild edibles" tours.
The island may have been cultivated prior to European colonization. Euro-Americans farmed and grazed the island for three hundred years, up until the 1940s. Since the abandonment of agricultural use in the 1940s, the natural succession of vegetation has created a wooded and shrubby landscape. Grape never hosted any military fortifications, though in 1775 it was a site of a skirmish over hay during the War of Independence known as the "Battle of Grape Island" or "Grape Island Alarm."
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