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

Sat 04.27.2024 11:00 am
Sat 04.27.2024 3:00 pm
Sun 04.28.2024 11:00 am
Tue 04.30.2024 10:30 am



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Inclyousion Sports at North Shore Children's Museum

Inclyousion Paly Session at the North Shore Children's Museum in Peabody Massachusetts
Join coaches from Inclyousion Sports at 10 AM to learn and play. Inclyousion Sports provides inclusive sports enrichment programs to children in Massachusetts, using innovative behavioral methods to teach sports, fitness, and social skills.
10:00 am to 11:00 am

LEGO Club at Newbury Library

Kids are invited to a freestyle LEGO buiild session at the Newbury Town Library!
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3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Friday 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 & Sundays
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3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

STEM Club at MPL

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Sing & Dance with the Music Man

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Tuesday, April 16

April Vacation at CAM | Celebrate Spring

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CraneExplorer: Navigate the Estate

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10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Curious Creatures at NSCM

Curious Creatures live animal presentation at the North Shore Children's Museum in Peabody Massachusetts
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Barnyard Story Hour at Appleton Farms

Kids can meet the barnyard animals and hear a story at Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts.
Barnyard stories really come alive when you get to see the main characters in real life! Bring the kids down to Appleton Farms for our farm-fresh version of story time. Explore the farmstead, visit our learning garden, see our cows and rabbits, and find a spot to play under a shady tree in our...
10:30 am to 11:30 am

Slime Program at NTL

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