Appleton Farms

Appleton Farms in Ipswich, Ma is America’s oldest continuously operating farm.

This 658 acre estate offers rolling grasslands, grazing livestock, stone walls, and historic farm buildings are part of this pastoral landscape – a rare glimpse into New England’s agricultural past. A gift of Colonel Francis R. Appleton, Jr., and his wife Joan, Appleton Farms is one of the oldest continuously operating farms in the country, established and maintained by nine generations of the Appleton family. Miles of trails wind through area of grassy field, farm land and forest, and are perfect for walking and horseback riding.

America’s oldest continuously operating farm, Appleton Farms was founded in 1636 by Samuel Appleton and helped to introduce dairy farming to the American colonies.  Subsequent generations of the Appleton family worked the farm until 1998, when Joan Appleton donated the property to The Trustees of Reservations. With the support of dedicated volunteers and donors, The Trustees spent years rebuilding the farm’s infrastructure.

In addition to the dairy, the farm is home to one of New England’s most successful community-supported agriculture programs, which provides fresh, local vegetables to approximately 800 families with full or partial shares.


Appleton Farms Highland Street Parking
Highland Street
Hamilton, MA

Phone: 978.356.5728

Coordinates: 42° 38' 57.966" N, 70° 52' 10.9848" W
Appleton Farms
Route 1A
Ipswich , MA

Phone: 978.356.5728

Coordinates: 42° 38' 51.8892" N, 70° 51' 3.1032" W
Appleton Farms Waldingfield Road Parking
Waldingfield Road and Route 1A
Ipswich , MA

Phone: 978.356.5728

Coordinates: 42° 39' 21.546" N, 70° 50' 44.2356" W
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Upcoming Events at This Location


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Arts & Crafts for Little Ones with Colleen Apostolos

Art Classes for children with Colleen Apostolos
Certified Montessori teacher, artist and local mother, Colleen Apostolos-Marsh will guide your young artist in an exploration of color, shape, and texture. Using a variety of media, your child will be free to express their in a beautiful space while socializing and engaging in cooperative play....
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Valentine Cookie Decorating for Teens

Teens are invited to try their hand at cookie decorating at Hamilton Wenham Public Library
Try your hand at cookie decorating using pink, red and white frostings in small piping bags along with little confections and a slew of embellishments. You will have 5 heart-shaped cookies of varying sizes to decorate.
2:30 pm to 3:30 pm

Knitting Club at Essex Library

Come try your hand at knitting at the Essex Library! Ages 6 and up
The TOHP Burnham Public Library in Essex hosts a knitting club for anybody aged 6 and up! Children ages 6 years and older with an adult-Learn the basics of knitting AND sewing with Ms. Christine. No experience necessary! Build hand strength and dexterity which will support fine motor skills....
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Volunteer Fari at the Community House

Volunteer Fair hosted by the League of Women Voters of Hamilton-Wenham at the Hamilton Wenham Community House
Come one, come all! Hamilton-Wenham Volunteer Fair - Wednesday, February 8th @ The Community House. Sponsored by League of Women Voters of Hamilton-Wenham, MA and The Community House. FREE and open to all. Come find your volunteer opportunity with over 40 local organizations under one roof!
5:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Saturday, February 11

Salem Flea Winter Market

Salem Flea Winter Market at Ames Memorial Hall in Salem Massachusetts
The Salem Flea will host their winter markets indoors at Ames Memorial Hall!
Where: Ames Hall
10:00 am to 5:00 pm

Seaside Saturday at MPL

Seaside Saturday Storytime and Craft Sessions at the Manchester Massachusetts Public Library
Join Ms. Julie for Seaside Saturday at the Library every 2nd Saturday, where participants will enjoy themed stories, activities and crafts! This program will be outside or in the Children's Room depending on the weather. Please register on their website or call: / 978...
10:00 am to 11:00 am

CAM Kids: Be Mine Valentine

CAM Kids: Valentine Workshop Second Saturday in Gloucester Massachusetts
Warm your hearts in chilly February by making a handmade love letter from new and recycled papers. Participants are invited to bring their own recycled papers or choose from the many beautiful papers in the CAM Studio. A friend, a loved one, a special sweetheart or a place, like Cape Ann -- who you...
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Second Saturdays at Cape Ann Museum

Second Saturdays mean free admission for local Families at Cape Ann Museum!
The Museum is free all day for Cape Ann residents on the second Saturday of every month in 2021! The second Saturday of every month is free for Cape Ann families. Pre-registration and timed tickets are required.
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Befriend the Barnyard

Befriend the Barnyard is a great chance to get close to our Appleton Farms stars in a relaxed and educational setting.
Come discover our special barnyard animals! Our Angora rabbits Violet and Vanilla, Nubian goats Merlin, Maeve, Morgana, and Mordred, and our friendly flock of heritage chickens will take center stage as we learn about what makes them so unique. Befriend the Barnyard is a hands-on barnyard...
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Second Saturday at Lynn Museum

Lynn Museum in Massachusetts offers free admission on the second Saturday of each month.
Join the Lynn Museum and Historical Society for FREE family fun. Join us the second Saturday of each month from 10 am – 2 pm for free admission to the Museum! View our latest exhibitions, grab a take-home art kit for the family, enjoy special activities, and purchase one-of-a-kind Lynn merchandise...
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Farmhouse Café at Appleton Farms

Farmhouse Café at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts
During your day of exploring the farm & hiking and skiing the trails, join us at the farmhouse for Appleton signature baked goods, farm vegetable soup, gourmet hot chocolate, tea and snacks. Our menu will change seasonally, and all items will be available to purchase a la carte.
10:00 am to 2:00 pm

Saturday Family Farm Chores at Appleton Farms

Join The Trustees of Reservations at Appleton Farms for our special, hands-on Family Farm Chores program held on Fridays & Saturdays
Every day is full of a list of barnyard chores we need to get down to make sure our farmyard friends are happy and healthy! Let’s get to work.
10:00 am to 4:30 pm

Sunday, February 12

Salem's So Sweet Festival

Salem Massachusetts' retailers have some sweet surprises in store during the Salem's So Sweet Weekend Festival
Don't miss historic downtown Salem's sweetest event of the year. Salem Main Streets, the Salem Chamber of Commerce, Destination Salem, and local retailers, restaurants, and businesses invite you to attend the 17th annual Salem’s So Sweet Chocolate & Ice Sculpture Festival. A decadent tradition...
9:00 am to 10:00 pm

AJH: Newborn Care Class

Anna Jaques Hospital Parent Support Group Newborn Care Class
The Newborn Care class will cover practical baby care topics that will help you to feel more confident in your ability to care for your newborn. Classes are on Sundays from 9:00am-12:00am in the Higgins Conference Room at Anna Jaques Hospital.
9:00 am to 12:00 pm