In 2023, Hopkinton approved the purchase of a 42-acre lot, the Jenner property, for preservation and trail expansion. But a site survey revealed a discrepancy in the parcel’s demarcation on different maps, triggering extensive deed history research by OSPC Chair Ed Harrow.
Did a zealous cartographer in the 1980’s ignore previous maps and merge one family’s property with another, effectively taking it? With no transfer records, and ambiguous parcel descriptions, the town may not be able to complete the purchase of the property, and we are left with several questions about how big the lot truly is and who legally owns it.
With the help of friends and local historians, HopNews dives into the complicated story of ownership for the land in question.