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Moraine Farm

Beverly

37 acres

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

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Overview

When Frederick Law Olmsted originally designed Moraine Farm in 1880, he integrated the latest advances in farming and forestry with a landscape of leisure, all on 275 acres owned by John C. Phillips along the shores of Lake Wenham. Olmsted created lawns, hedges, rustic stone walls, and a magnificent meadow—ideas and elements he’d echo and embellish in future projects—and collaborated with Boston architects Peabody and Stearns to design a massive stone terrace facing the lake, extending the shingle-and-stone house into the landscape.

The entire Moraine Farm property, which includes a 40-acre farm, is co-owned as part of a groundbreaking partnership between The Trustees, Project Adventure, and the Cape Ann Waldorf School. Sixteen acres is 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 the preservation of the farm’s unique Olmsted heritage.

Note: Moraine Farm is currently not open for visitation. 

Regulations & Advisories

Moraine Farm is not currently open for visitation.

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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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