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The Trustees of Reservations invites you to spend an afternoon celebrating the arrival of fall and farm traditions at Appleton Farms’ annual Family Farm Day event on Sunday, September 16th from 10am-3pm (RAIN OR SHINE).

The family and environmentally friendly event features local healthy foods, music by Ben Rudnick and Friends, barnyard animals, a 4-H Calf Show, and traditional farm crafts and activities including pumpkin painting, pony rides and a hay obstacle course!


10-3 Activities, Demonstrations, Barnyard Animals Dairy Store Hours

10:30-2:30 Pony Rides

11-3 Old House Visitor Center

11-2:30 Food Court

11:30-12:30 & Music: Jim Rudnick & Friends

12:30 & 1:30 pm 4-H Calf Show

Appleton Farms is located off or Route 1A in Ipswich, 219 County Road. For details call 978.356.5728 or visit Members $20/per car. Nonmembers $25/car.

About Appleton Farms Appleton Farms is one of 106 properties owned and operated by The Trustees of Reservations. Rolling grasslands, grazing livestock, stone walls, extensive forests and historic farm buildings are part of Appleton Farms’ 1,000-acre pastoral landscape that sits a mere 25 miles north of Boston. Founded in 1636 by Samuel Appleton and farmed by nine successive generations of Appleton’s, Appleton Farms is the oldest continuously operating farm in America. Colonel Francis R. Appleton, Jr. and his wife, Joan, donated the property to The Trustees in 1998. Over the last 14 years The Trustees restored the farms’ centuries-old infrastructure and developed a suite of sustainable agricultural enterprises, including grass-based beef and dairy operations, a dairy store, and a 550-share Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. The farm manages more than 12 miles of trails ideal for recreation, has a year-round visitor cell, and offers a suite of year-round farm-based education workshops, special events and volunteer opportunities for adults, families and children.

About The Trustees of Reservations The Trustees of Reservations is the nation’s oldest, statewide land conservation organization founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891 to “hold in trust,” and care for properties of scenic, cultural and natural significance for current and future generations to enjoy.  Supported by members, donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 106 spectacular “reservations” located on more than 26,000 acres in 75 communities throughout Massachusetts.  The Trustees work to promote healthy, active, green communities locally and around the state by providing hundreds of year-round programs, events and engagement opportunities for all ages. Most property entry fees, programs and events are free-of-charge or heavily discounted for members.

Accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, The Trustees are an established leader in the conservation movement and model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. To find out more about membership, volunteer, job and other engagement opportunities with The Trustees visit