Weir River Farm
Hingham, MA
75 acres
Bird Watching Cross-country skiing/Snowshoeing Hunting Mountain Biking Not Permitted Walking/Hiking (Easy) Walking/Hiking (Moderate) Picnicking Dog Walking Not Permitted Public Transportation Farm

About Weir River Farm

This family-friendly farm, one of the last farms in Hingham, will enthrall visitors with its own “family” of horses, pigs, cows, chickens, and sheep.

What makes Weir River Farm a special place?
Originally part of a picturesque, early-20th-century country estate, Weir River Farm today is a 75-acre working farm comprised of fields and pastures surrounded by oak and red cedar woodlands. The farm supports diverse wildlife habitats, including upland grasslands, which are in rapid decline in the Commonwealth. Weir River passes through the farm at its northwest edge.

From the entrance at the top of Turkey Hill, a footpath meanders downhill through open fields and woods. At a fork in the trail, you can follow one path to the barnyard and visit with the horses, pigs, and chickens. The other path takes you across a grassy avenue before entering “The Grove,” woods with an open understory reminiscent of a British woodland. A “Garden Path,” bordered by flowering shrubs and flowers, within the Grove, creates a serene and pretty sanctuary for visitors.

From the trails on Weir River Farm, you can get to adjacent Whitney and Thayer Woods, whose trails are connected to those in Wompatuck State Park and the town’s Triphammer Conservation Area. This extensive trail network provides you with access to the largest contiguous tract of open space on the South Shore – nearly 5,000 acres in all.

Trails
1.5-mile loop trail. Moderate walking.

When to Visit
Trails open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. The barnyard is open seasonally only. Please see Programs link on the left for details. Allow a minimum of 1 hour, 3 hours if also visiting Whitney and Thayer Woods. Call for information on educational programs.

Facilities
Seasonal portable toilet is located on grassy path at barnyard entrace. Please note that there is no access to barn buildings or barn parking lots except for special events or for purchasing eggs.

Regulations & Advisories

As a working farm, there are things to consider when visiting this unique property.

  • Please keep to trails.
  • Please do not open gates, disturb livestock, or interrupt farm operations.
  • For health and safety reasons, please do not feed the animals.
  • Dogs are not permitted anywhere at Weir River Farm or the trails surrounding the farm. Weir River Farm is adjacent to Turkey Hill and Whitney & Thayer Woods, which do welcome dogs.
  • Hikers should be aware of the farm’s use of 
electric fencing around the perimeter 
of the livestock acreage.

The barnyard is open to visitors only in season, May through October, on Saturdays from 10AM to 2PM and during other special events throughout the year. Learn more about Open Barnyard and other events >> 

We invite your family to enter the barnyard area only during these scheduled programs. Entering pastures, pens or other livestock areas without farm staff is strictly prohibited and can be extremely unsafe.

In cooperation with the Town of Hingham authorized bow hunting is allowed at this reservation. Authorized hunting is permitted from ½ hour before sunrise all day until ½ hour after sunset Monday through Saturday. Hunting is not allowed on Sundays. Signage is posted at the property listing safety precautions, requirements, and rules. Learn more about hunting on Trustees reservations >>

    The Trustees reserves the right to photograph or video visitors and program participants for promotional use, and usage of our properties implies consent. Find the full policy here.

    Directions

    Turkey Hill Lane
    Hingham, MA 02043
    Telephone: 781.740.7233
    Email: weirriverfarm@thetrustees.org

    Latitude: 42.239
    Longitude: -70.835

    Get directions on Google Maps.

    Please note that there are two parking lots to access Weir River Farm:

    Weir River Farm Barnyard Parking Area: From Rt. 228, turn right onto Leavitt St. just before the Hingham Town Library. Follow for 0.6 mi.; bear left onto Turkey Hill Lane. Lot is on right, just past New England Friends Home and across from 160 Turkey Hill Lane (please do not park in the driveway of 160 Turkey Hill Lane as this is a private residence). This is the closest lot to our barnyard and Market Garden. To access the barnyard, cross the street carefully, then walk the grassy "chute" path down the hill towards the big red barn.

    Top of Turkey Hill: Follow directions above, but go past lower lot to dead end. Entrance and parking (5 cars) on left.

    Admission

    When to Visit
    Trails open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Barnyard open seasonally for viewing. Allow a minimum of 1 hour, 3 hours if also visiting Whitney and Thayer Woods. Call for information on educational programs.

    Admission Fees
    Small admission fee for nonmembers to access barnyard. No fees for trails.

    Property History

    Weir River Farm was the former home of Polly Thayer Starr, whose paintings and drawings have been exhibited and admired at museums in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia for more than 70 years.

    Property Acquisition History
    Gift of Polly Thayer Starr in 1999.

    Archival Collections
    Archival material related to Weir River Farm is available to researchers at the Archives & Research Center in Sharon, Massachusetts.

    Victoria Thayer Starr Collection (16.0 linear feet)
    Regarding Victoria Thayer Starr, daughter of American artist Polly Thayer Starr, who lived at Weir River Farm with the bulk of the material from 1980-2004, entire collection spans 1815-2013.


    The Archives & Research Center welcomes donations of documents, manuscripts, records, photographs, maps and memorabilia that pertain to a particular property. Please contact us at 781.784.8200 or arc@thetrustees.org.

    Programs

    Summer Camp Registration Now Open
    Check out the camp and register today >

    Events and Things to do
    Check out what's going on at the farm and attend one of our events.
    Check out our events calendar >>

    Children's Programs
    In season, we invite you to visit the barnyard during weekly "Open Barnyard" hours. We host “Open Barnyard” Saturdays from May through October from 10AM-2PM.

    We are also open every Wednesday from June through October from 10-11AM for Barnyard Story Hour (best suited for preschool age children). Learn more about Open Barnyard and other events >>

    We invite your family to enter the barnyard area only during these scheduled programs. Entering pastures, pens or other livestock areas without farm staff is strictly prohibited and can be extremely unsafe.

    Experience life on a farm through programs, events, and workshops at Weir River Farm, Hingham's last working farm.

    We're not just about providing healthy food for the community here at Weir River Farm – we want to help people learn about where their food comes from. From our "Open Barnyard" and "Story Hour" to guided programs for toddlers to adults, we offer a variety of programs and events, such as:

    • Preschool Farm Explorers:
      Parents and their preschoolers (ages 2 years 9 months – 4 years old) can learn the ins and outs of life on the farm. Through age appropriate activities such as farm stories, animals dress up, farm-themed crafts, and barnyard “chores” with the animals, young children experience life as a farmer. This program runs in 4 week series, with once a week hour long sessions. This is a program designed for young children to experience the farm with a chaperone, it is not a drop off program. These programs are offered seasonally in the fall, winter, and spring and preregistration is required.


    • February and April Vacation Week programs:
      Vacation week doesn’t mean a break from adventures. We enjoy seasonal activities like collecting chicken eggs, starting seeds for the summer garden, feeding the animals, farmyard crafts, and more. These programs run Tuesday through Thursday during school vacation weeks for half-day sessions.


    • Weir River Farm Summer Camp:
      In this program designed for ages 5–13, your child will gain a new level of confidence and connection to the farm. Daily activities include mucking out stalls, working in the garden, grooming ponies, and learning more about the food that we put into our bodies. This program is offered in half-day and full day week-long sessions from late June through mid August.


    • Adult workshops:
      Want to learn more about food and farming? We offer homesteading workshops such as “Backyard Chickens,” “The Basics of Beekeeping,” “Soap Making,” and “Sheep to Shawl: Spinning Wool into Yarn.”  These programs are offered seasonally and more details can be found on our events page.


    • Field Trips:
      Weir River Farm offers field trips for children from preschool through middle school. Experience the farm with your class through field trips designed to teach children about life on a working farm with lessons tailored to teach concepts in MA science standards. Contact Ashley for more information and to schedule: achapman@thetrustees.org.

    Conservation and Stewardship

    Management Planning for Our Properties
 


    Since 1891, The Trustees of Reservations have worked to protect special places in Massachusetts and maintain them to the highest standards. To ensure these standards are met, a program of careful planning and sound management is essential. Comprehensive property management plans are created for each reservation and are completely updated approximately every ten years. We often work with volunteers, property users, and members of the community to carry out this planning, which typically involves several steps:
 


    • Describing in detail the site’s natural, scenic, and historical resources; identifying management issues related to the protection of those resources.
    • Describing how visitors use the property; outlining the opportunities that the property provides for people to become involved in the work of conservation and caring for their community.

    • Developing a detailed list of management recommendations, a work plan, and a description of financial needs for implementing the actions.

    • Developing a prescribed routine management program for the reservation that will guide staff work plans, volunteer involvement, and the allocation of human and financial resources.


    View Weir River Farm management plan.

    Maps and Resources

    Printed trail maps are distributed free from the bulletin board in the parking area. Please understand that supplies periodically run out. We recommend that you download a trail map before you visit.



    Private Functions & Photography

    Private Events
    This Reservation is owned by The Trustees, which is a non-profit, member supported organization. Our mission is to “…Preserve, for public use and enjoyment, properties of exceptional scenic, historic, and ecological value in Massachusetts.” As such, we do not offer exclusive or private event space at this reservation, as that would not be in the spirit of maintaining it as a publicly accessible reservation. While it is a beautiful location, the Trustees do not allow for weddings, private parties, or any other private gathering here. If your group is interested in having a wedding at a Trustees property, we suggest the Bradley Estate in Canton, MA, the Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA, or Fruitlands Museum in Harvard, MA.

    Photography
    We welcome photographers on the property, but please be aware that this is a public space and there may be programs or events running at the same time. Requirements for all photographers include, but are not limited to:

    • All photographers must maintain a current annual Trustees membership at the Supporting Level or higher (click here for details) link to supporting level mem page
    • All photographers must schedule their sessions well in advance of arrival to the property, allow 5-7 days for approval
    • Photography sessions are strictly limited to: 9AM to posted closing time (property generally closes 15 minutes before sunset)
    • All photographers are required to read and complete our photography use agreement

    Photographers must present a completed photography use agreement form to property staff prior to their session. A new supporting membership may be purchased at the property prior to the session. Photographers must receive a photo credential lanyard from property staff and wear it at all times when on the property. Photographers are not allowed to set up equipment that interferes with property maintenance or stewardship operations or shoot inside of any of our structures. Please call the South Shore office at 781.740.7233 for more information.

    Planning Your Visit

    Before You Go
    We encourage you to visit as many Trustees properties as you can.

    Wherever your travels take you, please observe all posted regulations, follow special instructions from property staff, and keep in mind the Stewardship Code:

    • Protect wildlife and plants.
    • Guard against all risk of fire.
    • Help keep air and water clean.
    • Carry out what you carry in.
    • Use marked footpaths and bridle paths.
    • Leave livestock, crops, and machinery alone.
    • Respect the privacy of neighboring land.
    • Enjoy and share the landscape with others.

    Click on links below for further visitor information:

    Before Setting Out

    Enjoying Trustees Reservations

    Safety

    About Hunting on Trustees of Reservations Land