Goldthwait Reservation

Welcome to Goldthwait Reservation

The Goldthwait Reservation is a private, non-profit land trust created in 1947 by Dr. Joel Goldthwait to preserve and maintain the natural setting of approximately 12 acres of coastal property, comprised of Goldthwait Beach, the surrounding land area, and the salt marsh. Though urged to sell this land as parcels for development, Dr. Goldthwait took action to preserve this private property in the public trust for the recreation and enjoyment of all the townspeople of Marblehead.

Donate

We would like to say thank you to those who have generously given donations to help restore the Goldthwait salt marsh. See the recent Marblehead Reporter article for details on the project and how you can still donate to help us reach our goals.

Nature Sightings

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News & Events

  • Support Goldthwait Reservation by shopping at AmazonSmile here!
  • The 2015 Annual Report, including a letter from the director, is now available.

Help us update our archives. Check out this file of past and present Goldthwait Officers and contact the Goldthwait Treasurer to fill in the blanks!

Our Mission

Goldthwait Reservation Inc. is a registered 501(c)(3) organization managed by an annually-elected volunteer Board of Directors and Officers. Our mission is to support Dr. Goldthwait's vision to protect this special area for the recreation and enjoyment of the townspeople. Our responsibilities include the day-to-day management and maintenance of the property, as well as fundraising efforts to support the protection and restoration of the reservation. The reservation is not subsidized or maintained in any way by the Town of Marblehead. A lifelong elected Board of Trustees are responsible for the long-range planning and vision and ensuring that the management of Goldthwait Reservation holds true to its founder's original charter.

Wth the help of neighbors and citizens, we seek to preserve:
  • the natural beauty and character of the area to be used for outdoor education, recreation, and the enjoyment of Marblehead residents.
  • the ecological integrity of the salt marsh, including the native plant species that grow there and the fish and wildlife that use the marsh for food, shelter, and nursery grounds; and
  • the reservation as a fun and safe place to host gatherings, events, and educational activities.