Tucked away on the north end of St. Simons Island stands the stunning yet secretive Musgrove Plantation. The 450-acre property, the former home of Nancy Reynolds Bagley and of her son, Smith Bagley, is a hidden treasure of outdoor beauty — but it won’t be hidden for long.

In the first of three phases, the St. Simons Land Trust has purchsed a portion of the acreage in the hopes of both introducing the public to the beautiful and historic property in the future and preserving its stunning scenery for years to come.

The first parcel, 58 acres of the total 260 planned, includes 1,000 feet of deep-water frontage on Musgrove Creek. The purchase was made possible in part thanks to a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Coastal Wetlands Grant program.

The land trust will continually raise funds toward its ultimate goal as it works towards opening its portions of Musgrove to the public. The property won’t open until all purchasing is complete. Chairing the campaign is Greer Brown, also former land trust board chair.

In total, the land trust is hoping to raise $11 million to help with all three phases and future maintenance and preservation. Monetary commitments from board members and donors already total more than half of the $10.65 million sale price of the land parcels; after the purchase of all three, the sellers, the Brenn Foundation, will return some $1.5 million to the land trust to create a stewardship endowment for maintaining the property.