Northeast

Moraine Farm

Beverly

78 acres

Photo by Krista Photography

Designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, several thriving organizations operate alongside a large parcel of beautiful open space.

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

Overview

Moraine Farm opens on Thursday, June 6! Plan your visit this summer. 

Drawing its name from a geographical ‘moraine’ created by moving glaciers forming swells and valleys in the landscape, this Frederick Law Olmsted-designed property along the shores of Wenham Lake capitalizes on this ancient topography. Rustic stone walls, lawns, ledges, meadows, forests, and vistas are incorporated among a 40-acre farm, estate house, and gardens. 

Completed in 1882, Olmsted integrated the latest advances in farming and forestry with a landscape of leisure to be something you explore, with views at each turn of the road on the 275 acres owned by businessman and merchant John C. Phillips. Today, with the fields, forests, and estate grounds clearly defined, Olmsted’s three carriage loops are now walking trails for visitors. 

Olmsted & The Trustees

Moraine Farm is co-owned as part of a groundbreaking partnership between The Trustees and the Cape Ann Waldorf School. Sixteen acres are also currently farmed by New Entry Sustainable Farming Project, an initiative of Tufts University’s Friedman School of Nutrition Science and Policy, which works locally, regionally, and across the country to strengthen local food systems by supporting new farmers.   

The property is permanently protected, thanks to the generosity and foresight of the family that has owned the land since the late 1920s. Two other nonprofit organizations that share a stewardship interest in Moraine Farm are Essex County Greenbelt Association, which monitors the conservation restriction on the property, and the Friends of the Olmsted Landscape, a volunteer group dedicated to preserving the farm’s unique Olmsted heritage.

Ideas for Your Visit

Stroll along the carriage paths and forested trails to discover the beautiful Olmsted landscape, complete with rustic stone walls, rolling meadows, Wenham Lake views, cultivated gardens, and an estate house.  

Walking trails connect to the City of Beverly’s John C. Phillips Nature Preserve, which abuts Moraine Farm, so you can continue your journey to varying vistas of the lake. Bring your dog or pack a picnic, but be aware that the property is carry-in, carry-out related to litter and personal items.  

Lake Wenham is a public reservoir, so please take care to protect this critical resource by not swimming or wading, and do not allow dogs to wade or swim in the water either. The area around the estate house also has limited public access, so please follow the designated signs. 

Admission & Hours

Moraine Farm opens on Thursday, June 6! Plan your visit this summer. 

When to Visit
Open year-round, daily, from sunrise to sunset. All other times are for the wildlife only. 

Admission
FREE to all visitors. 

Directions & Contact Info

779 Cabot St.
Beverely, MA 01915
Telephone: 978.689.9105 

Get directions on Google Maps. 

From Rt. 128 (exit 45), take Cabot St. (Route 97) north for about one mile. Go past the entrances to both the Cape Ann Waldorf School and New Entry Sustainable Farming Project before finding the parking lot entrance on your right at 779 Cabot St.

Venue Rental

The ground floor and grounds surrounding the main house may be rented for weddings and other private functions. Please contact us for further information by visiting our website.

Property Map

There is a trail map posted on a kiosk in the parking area. 

Take a photo of the map on your phone to refer to during your visit or download a trail map before you head out. 

There are over 4 miles of paths and trails at Moraine Farm and the adjoining John C. Phillips Nature Preserve owned by the City of Beverly. 

Regulations & Advisories

  • Property is carry in, carry out related to litter and personal items.
  • Dog walking is allowed on-leash.
  • Wenham Lake is a public drinking water supply. Swimming, wading, and dog access restricted.
  • Wild fires are not uncommon. Please do not drop cigarette butts or use fire in any form.
  • Hunting is not permitted at this reservation. Learn more about hunting on Trustees properties.
  • ATVs/UTVs, motor bikes, and other motorized vehicles are not permitted.
  • Use of metal detectors, and associated digging and removal of items from the property is not permitted.
  • Smoking and alcohol are not allowed anywhere on the property.
  • PHOTOGRAPHY: We ask that photographers or their clients become Supporting Level Members before conducting portrait sessions at this property.  Click here for more information, and to request permission for any portrait sessions. The Trustees of Reservations reserves the right, and may give permission to, its designated photographers and videographers, or to outside media, to photograph or video visitors and program participants at all its facilities and properties.
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History

Originally designed in 1880, Moraine Farm has been hailed as “the finest existing example of Olmsted’s approach to planning a country estate” by pre-eminent Olmsted scholar Charles E. Beveridge, and it was a testing ground for ideas the noted landscape architect would later execute on a grander scale at the Biltmore Estate in North Carolina and at Brooklyn’s Prospect Park.

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