Wander past crop fields and cow pastures at one of the country’s oldest continuously operating farms.
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.
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.
Nonmember parking fee: $5 weekdays/$10 weekends and holidays.
Members always park for FREE.
219 County Road
Ipswich, MA 01938
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.
Restroom facilities are available at the Carriage Barn.
Appleton Farms is an exceptional venue for weddings and other private events. Please contact us at email@example.com for more information.
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.
To connect people with the rich history of farming at Appleton, a vegetable Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program was established in 2002.
Appleton Farms Camp will introduce your children to our working farm through fun, engaging, and educational activities
Featuring Trustees-grown produce, meat, and eggs as well as local, organic food from the highest-quality producers.
Appleton Farms Education Programs – Inspiring the Next Generation of Conservationists
Castle Hill Illuminated allows you to imagine yourself a guest at the Crane family’s famed summer home in 1929.
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.
What a great place to walk. Simply beautiful. Working farm as well, and farm store with the best milk you will get anywhere.
– B H, Trip Advisor Review
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