VINCENTOWN’S EAGLE WALK
A Green Acres site between 30 and 52 Mill St., Vincentown
For several years Boy Scouts of Southampton’s Troop 31 have been working on the Green Acres plot on Mill Street, Vincentown, known to old-timers as “Camp Woods.” They’ve cleared a hiking trail and installed 12 marker posts representing the 12 points of the Scout Law: Trustworthy, Loyal, Helpful, Friendly, Courteous, Kind, Obedient, Cheerful, Thrifty, Brave, Clean and Reverent. They also constructed a foot bridge over a small ravine and benches carved from tree trunks.
The trail is located along the Mill Race on Mill Street in one of Vincentowns most historic areas — between the historic Burr-Irick House (opposite Red Lion Road) and Irick Hall (located on the west side of Trinity Church). Southampton Township purchased the property in 1986 as a part of its Green Acres preservation initiative.
The entrance to the trail is at the site of Vincentowns Grist Mill. The foundation walls of the historic mill are still visible along the banks of the Mill Race at this spot. The scouts decided to call the trail Eagle Walk because several scouts used the project as a part of their quest for their Eagle badge. In 2009, a kiosk was constructed at the entrance by scout Zack Bryceland, as an Eagles badge project.
A sign dedicated to the memory of Joseph Griner, Southampton’s long-time advocate for open space preservation, was installed at the dedication ceremony on May 2, 2009 and the new kiosk was unveiled. The Southampton Historical Society introduced the prototype of a new historic marker to be erected at the site showing the Burr-Irick House, the Grist Mill, Irick Hall and the Miller’s House. In the summer of 2009, scout Steven Hoffman earned his Eagle rank by adding an additional path tagged with Blue Blazes marking a very long trail that takes the public closer to the creek at the north side of the property. This path passes several noteworthy sites with historical significance associated with Camp Woods.