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South of Boston

Holmes Reservation

Plymouth

26 acres

From this broad, sloping field just outside downtown Plymouth, gaze across the historic harbor the Pilgrims entered four centuries ago.

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

Overview

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.

Ideas for Your Visit

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 abandoned tracks of the Old Colony Railroad, and the nearby beach is a great spot for kids to explore.

Admission & Hours

Admission
FREE to all.

When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of .5 hour.

Directions

Court Street and Robbins Road
Plymouth, MA 02360
Telephone: 781.740.7233
Email: southshore@thetrustees.org

Get directions on Google Maps.

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.

Venue Rental

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 southshore@thetrustees.org if you are interested in hosting an event.

Property Map

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.

Regulations & Advisories

  • There is no formal parking lot for the property. Parking is available on adjoining side streets.
  • 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.
Before Setting Out
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Drive in Movies at Holmes Reservation

This summer we’re excited to offer Friday-night drive-in movies starting at Holmes Field in Plymouth.

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History

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 Miss Helen M. Holmes in 1944. Additional land given by Plymouth Cordage Co. in 1955. Additional land purchased in 1959.

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