Sipson Island seen from the air off the coast of Cape Cod.
CNN  — 

For the first time in 300 years, an island off the coast of Cape Cod is open to the public.

Sipson Island has been privately owned since 1711, when it was sold by the Monomoyick people to White settlers. Now, the newly minted Sipson Island Trust, with the help of a local non-profit, hopes to restore and care for the island using the Native American value to see land as a gift for all to use.

“It is really important for us as an organization and community to be able to communicate the importance of this indigenous history, and teach the values of those that lived on the island before 1711,” Sipson Island Trust President Tasia Blough told CNN.