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Appleton Farms

Hamilton & Ipswich

658 acres

Appleton Farm from the paddock

Wander past crop fields and cow pastures at one of the country’s oldest continuously operating farms.

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Plan Your Visit
  • Overview
  • Ideas for Your Visit
  • Admission & Fees
  • Directions
  • Facilities
  • Venue Rental
  • Property Map
  • Regulations & Advisories

Overview

Rolling grasslands, grazing livestock, stone walls, and historic farm buildings comprise this 1,000-acre pastoral landscape, offering a rare glimpse into New England’s agricultural past. A gift of Colonel Francis R. Appleton, Jr., and his wife Joan, Appleton Farms is one of the oldest continuously operating farms in the country, established and maintained by nine generations of the Appleton family. Cows graze out on pasture and are milked each day; their milk is used to make aged and fresh cheeses on-site at our cheese kitchen. Fresh eggs are collected daily from the chickens, while a free-range grass-fed beef herd grazes in the Great Pasture.

Grasslands here harbor one of New England’s largest populations of bobolinks and meadowlarks. Wetlands provide important spring feeding stops for migrating marsh birds and are home to frogs and salamanders, including the rare blue- and yellow-spotted salamander. Deer, fox, coyote, and mink are found in the fields, while the elusive fisher is common in the woodlands. Fall brings migrating hawks, and pine stands shelter owls in winter.

Ideas for Your Visit

Six miles of footpaths, bridle paths, and farm roads—some of which are part of the Bay Circuit Trail—crisscross the farm. Start your visit at Jimmy’s Barn where you will find our Farm Store, plenty of parking, and maps to lead you through the farm. Head out past the store and through the farm fields toward the barns to say hello to the friendly Jersey cows, goats, sheep, and chickens. Bring a picnic or pick up some provisions at our farm store and enjoy an afternoon in the gorgeous Stone Paddock across from the Carriage Barn. During the growing season, Appleton Farms operates a community supported agriculture program.

Admission & Fees

Nonmember parking fee: $5 weekdays/$10 weekends and holidays.

Members always park for FREE.

Directions

219 County Road
Ipswich, MA 01938
Telephone: 978.356.5728
Email: appletonfarms@thetrustees.org

Get directions on Google Maps

From Rt. 128, take Exit 20A, Rt. 1A North. Travel about 6.5 miles north on Rt. 1A and turn left at the Appleton Farms entrance sign (about 1/4 mile after the entering Ipswich sign on your left). Once inside the property, after the welcome gate, bear to the left for the CSA barn and bear to the right for the farm offices, farm store curbside pickup, trails, and public events and programs.

Facilities

Restroom facilities are available at the Carriage Barn.

Venue Rental

Appleton Farms is an exceptional venue for weddings and other private events. Please contact us at appletonfarms@thetrustees.org for more information.

Property Map

Free trail maps are distributed from a bulletin board in the parking area. Please understand that supplies periodically run out.

We recommend that you take a photo of the map on your phone so you can refer to it during your visit, or download a trail map before you head out.

Regulations & Advisories

  • Authorized hunting is allowed on this reservation. Signage is posted at the property listing safety precautions, requirements, and rules. Regulations: Please stay on marked trails and avoid non-public areas.
  • Please do not open gates, disturb livestock, or interrupt farming operations.
  • Please be aware of – and respect – electric fencing and lines.
  • Dog walking is not permitted at Appleton Farms, but it is allowed at the adjacent Appleton Farms Grass Rides.
  • The reservation closes at sunset.
  • Public vehicles are allowed on main entrance driveways only.
  • Please respect the speed limit and yield to pedestrians and animals.
  • Please observe all posted signs.
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Advance passes are required for the weekends only at Appleton Farms.
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Appleton Farms History

Appleton Farms is one of the oldest continuously operating farms in America. Established in 1638 by Samuel Appleton, who emigrated from Little Waldingfield, England, the farm is among the most influential in America’s agricultural history. For nearly four centuries, and over nine generations, the Appletons preserved their farm and maintained a successful agricultural operation.

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What a great place to walk. Simply beautiful. Working farm as well, and farm store with the best milk you will get anywhere.

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