Wander through an open field and enjoy a bucolic view of the historic Paine House, with the broad estuary of the Ipswich River extending beyond.
Soon after arriving at the open pastures at Greenwood Farms, its history as a saltwater farm comes into focus. The reservation takes its name from Thomas S. Greenwood, who farmed this property from 1828-1883 and built the white farmhouse. To its rear is the 1694 Paine House, a yellow-clapboard saltbox, which is a rare example of First Period architecture (1625-1725) in its original rural location. Six generations of the Paine family made their home here, including Robert Paine, foreman of the Salem witch trial jury. From 1916, the Robert Gray Dodge family of Boston enjoyed Greenwood Farm as their summer retreat. They restored the Paine House in Colonial Revival style and used it as their guesthouse, filled with a fine collection of American antiques.
Two and a half miles of trails are a gateway to the wonders of the reservation. On a typical summer day, you may see swallows, waxwings, and dragonflies swooping over the fields, hear the soft hooting of a great horned owl, or glimpse great blue herons and snowy and American egrets wading through the marsh.
This property is open during normal hours. The Trustees asks that visitors follow social distancing guidelines for the health and safety of all. Please note: all buildings and inside areas are remain closed on all properties. For more information about our response to COVID-19, please click here.
When to Visit
Grounds: year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour.
47 Jeffrey’s Neck Road
Ipswich, MA 01938
From Rt. 128 Exit 20A, follow Rt. 1A North to the Ipswich Town Green, continue straight onto County Rd. (turns into East St.). Follow for 0.9 mi., bear left onto Jeffrey’s Neck Rd., and follow for 0.7 mi. to entrance on right and parking (10 cars) is 1/4 mile down driveway, on left.
From Rt.1A/133 South at Lord’s Square in Ipswich, continue straight onto High St. and turn left onto East St. at stop sign. Follow for 0.4 mi. and bear left onto Jeffrey’s Neck Rd. Continue as above.
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.
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Settled shortly after the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, the property was part of a land grant from the Town of Ipswich to Robert Paine, and soon became known as the Paine Farm. Robert Paine, Jr., graduated Harvard in 1656. He served as jury foreman for the Salem witch trials in 1692. He is believed to be the first occupant of the Paine House.
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