Sadly the Baxendales’ one great desire was not to be fulfilled. Inscribed inside one of the bridge towers is “A Message to Our Successors,” written by Mrs. Baxendale. Quoting from the document; “We admonish all who may come after us to have respect and love the ‘Island Home’ which we have loved, and above all to deal tenderly with the dumb and helpless creatures who may seek refuge here.”
With the closing of the school, little remains of the Baxendales’ Legacy. Public access to the “Sunset Terrace” mausoleum is now closed. A portion of Lawrence Island was sold to the Bourne Conservation Trust in 1985. The Bourne Conservation Trust has preserved the land and built nature trails.
Today Amrita Certified Pure® Coffee is working towards preserving the Baxendales’ intent of animal education and protecting the area’s environmental resources.
While we can’t take back the seven magnificent cottages, bathing pavilions, carriage house and endowment dollars spent or the closing of the popular summer camp, we can strive to preserve the remaining 20 plus acres of land and ensure access to the “sunset terrace” mausoleum in a manner that is aligned with the Baxendales’ wishes.
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