We have a powerful combination!
Our grassroots initiative
to purchase the Ruth Gardner Property
Dollar for Dollar Matching Grant
for up to $400,000 on gifts received since January 2019.
That’s a potential of $800,000 total towards making
a treasured asset for our community.
This generous donor wants us to reach our full share,
we can still match $260,500 in new donor gifts,
before closing on the purchase.
We have over 335 donor households
already standing with you.
That’s a lot of energy!
We must keep this momentum rolling!
Every gift moves us closer
to acquiring the full match.
Donate Now – Thank you!
• Create a common space for community engagement
• Preserve the historic character and cultural legacy of Southport Island
• Assure public access and use of Hendricks Head Cove,
for generations to come
Southport Island is a place that we hold dear to our hearts … your support of the grassroots initiative to purchase the Gardner Property is needed and gratefully appreciated. Working together we will “Make Ruth’s House Happen”. We must complete this project this summer! What we make possible now will be here for the generations to follow.
Preserving Southport Island’s Sense of Place
Southport Island, former summer home and outdoor laboratory for environmentalist Rachel Carson, the place that inspired her to write “Silent Spring”.
Rachel Carson planned to develop a foundation for the preservation of the forest and coastline near her home. As she walked the forest paths and along the rocky shores, Rachel dreamed of one day having this space protected for everyone to enjoy, forever.
Set back a bit in time this quiet island is a unique place that continues to attract writers, scientists, and artists.
Please support Land for Southport’s Future’s initiative to purchase and protect our forests and our shoreline, to maintain public access and use of coastal land forever. Your gift is urgently needed and will be gratefully appreciated.
Click to read the interview with Rachel Carson’s nephew, Roger.
Also to read the email from Mac MacKusick regarding the importance of purchasing “Ruth’s House”
Land For Southport’s Future
Land For Southport’s Future is a non-profit corporation, created and staffed by Southport residents. Our goal is to establish, through individual tax deductible gifts, a sustainable fund to buy and preserve land on Southport Island for use by the entire community and the generations who follow.
We know that we are not alone in the belief that working together, community members can preserve their local culture and heritage and protect their land and resources from over development.
Land for Southport’s Future has the ambitious goal of raising $800,000 for the immediate purchase of the Gardiner property and the initial rehabilitation of the primary public spaces. With your help, this will happen!
Your donations, of any amount, will help us to reach our goal. We encourage you to share with us the responsibility to protect our Island’s natural beauty and accessibility for all to enjoy, now and forever.