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Central MA

Farandnear

Shirley

89 acres

Close enough for regular visits but conjuring a feeling of remoteness, Farandnear lives up to its name.

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

Overview

Farandnear was the summer home of the Banks family for several generations, with Arthur Banks—an accomplished political scientist and professor—its most recent resident. Banks’s grandfather, Charles Goodspeed, named the property because, at 50 miles from his home in Wollaston, it was “far” enough to require a two-day journey by horse to reach, but “near” enough to be a vacation home. The park-like grounds at Farandnear are perfect for playing, picnicking, relaxing, and more.

Along its easy wooded trails, you’ll find fields of wildflowers, an arboretum full of more than 80 cool conifer trees, the remnants of an old cranberry bog, and Paradise, a 10-acre parcel where huge hemlocks grow. Keep your ears open throughout your journey: you’ll hear lots of birds calling, including black-capped chickadees, catbirds, and barred owls.

Ideas for Your Visit

Along its easy wooded trails, you’ll find fields of wildflowers, an arboretum full of more than 80 cool conifer trees, the remnants of an old cranberry bog, and Paradise, a 10-acre parcel where huge hemlocks grow. Keep your ears open throughout your journey: you’ll hear lots of birds calling, including black-capped chickadees, catbirds, and barred owls.

Admission & Hours

FREE to all.

Directions

Center Road, Shirley, MA 01464
Telephone: 978.840.4446
E-mail: information@thetrustees.org

Get directions on Google Maps.

From Points East
From I-495 S take exit 29B to merge onto MA-2 W toward Leominster. Take exit 36 toward Shirley Road/Shirley. Merge onto Fort Pond Road (0.1 mi). Turn left onto Shirley Road (0.9 mi) and continue onto Lancaster Road (1.2 mi). Take a slight left onto Center Road (1.6 mi) and parking for Farandnear will be on your left.

From Points West
From MA-2 E take exit 36 toward Shirley Road. Keep right at the fork, follow signs for Shirley Road/Shirley/Ayer and merge onto Shirley Road (1.0 mi). Continue onto Lancaster Road (1.2 mi). Take a slight left onto Center Road (1.6 mi) and parking for Farandnear will be on your left.

 

Facilities

Seasonal Bathrooms

Venue Rental

Enjoy your wedding, rehearsal dinner, special occasion, or corporate event with the Bull Run Restaurant on the beautiful grounds of Farandnear.

For more information and bookings, please visit https://www.bullrunrestaurant.com/farandnear

Property Map

Free trail map distributed from 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 here, before you head out.

Trail Note: Distance from the parking to the blue trail is .03miles and distance between the blue trail and yellow trail is .073 miles. Blue trail total is .75 miles, and yellow trail is 1 mile.

Regulations & Advisories

  • Dogs must be leashed at all times
  • Disturbing, removing, defacing, cutting or otherwise causing damage to vegetation or any natural feature, sign, poster, barrier, building, or
  • All fires are prohibited
  • Camping is prohibited.
  • Hunting and firearms are prohibited.
  • Mountain biking is prohibited.
  • The reservation is open from sunrise to sunset.
  • Horseback riding is prohibited.
  • The Trustees reserves the right to photograph or video visitors and program participants for promotional use, and usage of our properties implies consent. Please read our photo and video policy.
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History

In 1902, Charles E. Goodspeed bought 3 acres and built a shingle-style summer cottage. He dubbed the home “Farandnear” because at a distance of 50 miles, it was a far distance to travel from Boston, but near enough to enjoy as a seasonal residence. Goodspeed’s family expanded the property, eventually creating a year-round home, a small golf course, and a pine arboretum, or “pinetum.”

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See What People Say

This is a fantastic place for all ages! An enclosed, fenced in arboretum, it's home to many different trees. With trails that encircle the area, it's a great place to walk. Trails are all fairly easy and manageable.

Chuck L, TripAdvisor

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