From this broad, sloping field just outside downtown Plymouth, gaze across the historic harbor the Pilgrims entered four centuries ago.
Before the Revolutionary War, a section of field at Holmes Reservation was part of a famous “Muster Ground.” Plymouth farms in the militia would gather here to practice shooting their muskets and marching in formation. Today, this open, grassy field is a treasured oasis of open space in an otherwise developed city center.
From the top of the field, take in distant views of Plymouth Harbor and Duxbury Beach. At the foot of the field, you’ll see a small woodland bounded by the Old Colony Rail Trail, and the nearby beach is a great spot for kids to explore.
FREE to all.
When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset.
Court Street and Robbins Road
Plymouth, MA 02360
From Rt. 3, take Exit 7. Turn right onto Cherry St. traveling east toward Plymouth Harbor. Follow for 0.7 mi. and turn right onto Court St. (Rt. 3A). Follow for 0.4 mi. Reservation is on left. Just before the Reservation, turn left onto Robbins Rd. and park along roadside.
Holmes Field is open to the public and is not generally available for private rentals. However, small gatherings or ceremonies can sometimes be accommodated. Email email@example.com if you are interested in hosting an event.
There is a trail map on a bulletin board in the parking area.
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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Before the Revolutionary War, a section of the Reservation’s field was part of a famous “Muster Ground.” Plymouth farmers in the militia would gather here to practice shooting their muskets and marching in formation.
The Reservation is named for the Holmes family, who owned the land for many years before donating it to The Trustees of Reservations.
Property Acquisition History
Original acreage a gift, with endowment, of Francis C. and Helen M. Holmes in 1944. Additional land given by Plymouth Cordage Co. in 1955. Additional land purchased in 1959.
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