Knob Property History
The Carey family originally acquired the land which now embraces all of the properties on Carey Land, the Quissett Harbor House lots and the Knob in the late 1870’s. The family operated the Quissett Harbor House as a summer hotel for approximately 100 years. The Knob portion was preserved in its natural state, although there are stories that the Carey’s rejected some substantial offers to purchase it for a hotel development. Eventually, this whole property, among others, came into joint ownership of Steven W. Carey III and his sister, Miss Cornelia L. Carey. Then on March 4, 1963, a subdivision plan was filed with the Land Court creating a separate Knob lot of 12.94 acres. Cornelia eventually bought out her brother’s interest in the Knob lot which had long been subject to erosion. She contracted to have repairs made to the pre-existing stone armor at her expense by adding extensive riprap work. The work was done during the time she was suffering from a terminal illness and she lived just long enough to see the job completed. Cornelia Cary passed away in September of 1973. However, years prior to her passing on January 18, 1966 she signed her will, which included:
“Article Eleventh. I give and devise to Massachusetts Audubon Society my property known as The Knob Point in Quissett, to be used in conjunction with other property controlled by Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries, Inc. However, if the Audubon Society doesn’t wish to accept the property, I then give it to Salt Pond Areas Bird Sanctuaries, Inc.”
Mass. Audubon elected not to accept the property, and so Salt Pond, a Massachusetts non-profit conservation group, accepted the gift and became the owner of the Knob lot. Cornelia Carey, in her gift of the outer Knob, left a legacy and the Knob has become a popular destination year round.