Enjoy views of the Neponset River marshes and Boston Harbor from the hilltop site of the estate of the last Massachusetts Colonial governor.
In 1734, Gov. Thomas Hutchinson, the last royal Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, built a country estate on Milton Hill. His zealous loyalty to the crown made him an object of popular ridicule in the years leading up to the Revolutionary War, and, in 1774, shortly after the Boston Tea Party, Hutchinson fled to England.
The site of his former estate, of which only the ha-ha (sunken fence) survives, boasts spectacular views of the Neponset River and its tidal salt marshes, the Boston skyline, and the Boston Harbor Islands.
Take a short walk around the property; from the field, you can access the adjacent Pierce Reservation, a four-acre parcel of grassy slopes that runs down to the tidal marshes that border the Neponset River—an easy quarter-mile trail runs along the river embankment. The Pierce Reservation sits behind a private residence; please respect the privacy of our neighbor.
Admission is FREE to all.
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1/2 hour.
Milton, MA 02186
From Points North: I-93/Rt. 3 South to Exit 10. Go 0.2 mi. At stop sign, turn right onto Adams St. Follow for 1.2 mi. to top of Milton Hill; entrance is on right.
From Points South: I-93/Rt. 3 North to Exit 9, Granite Ave. Follow north for 1.5 mi. through two sets of traffic lights. Turn left and drive over expressway bridge to stop sign. Turn right onto Adams St. Follow to top of Milton Hill; entrance is on right.
From Dorchester: Take Dorchester Ave. to Adams St. and follow up Milton Hill; entrance is on the left.
MBTA: Governor Hutchinson’s Field is MBTA accessible – take the Redline to Milton Station, exit the station to Adams Street, walk uphill along Adams Street and the field is approximately 1/4 mile up on the left.
This is an open field with a couple of shade trees and picnic tables. Restroom facilities are not available.
There is no trail map available for download at this time.
There is no designated parking area and road-side parking is not permitted. Just down the hill at Lower Mills, there is on-street parking within a 5-minute walk
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Governor Thomas Hutchinson was the last Royal Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. Born in Boston in 1711 and educated at Harvard, he was a prominent conservative, powerful and devoutly loyal to the British Crown. His over royalist leanings made him the object of public ridicule in the years leading up to the Revolutionary War. He found himself at great odds with the radical revolutionaries (soon to be patriots) of the day, namely Samuel Adams who, with others, mockingly dubbed him “Tommy Skin-and-Bones” Hutchinson presumably because of his gaunt appearance.
There are quite a few places where one can get a good view of Boston and the Harbor; this is one of them. There are trails through the fields and joining woods and it is a great place for a nice roll (down the hill) and a picnic!
– Veronica, TripAdvisor
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