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 05.28.2022 11:00 am
Sat 05.28.2022 12:00 pm
Sat 05.28.2022 1:00 pm



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Babson Farm Quarry Self-guided Walking Tour at Halibut Point

Kids will enjoy this tour of the Halibut Point State Park and Quarry with a focus on its stone-cutting history!
Take a self guided tour at one of Massachusetts most beautiful locations!
7:00 am to 6:00 pm

"It's Spring" Self-Guided Story Walk

Birds nest from the cover of It's Spring by Linda Glaser, the focus of a StoryWalk at Maudslay State Park in Newburyport.
It’s Spring! by Linda Glaser is the spring break StoryWalk® at Maudslay State Park. What a great way to combine reading, exercise, and family fun! It's Spring! celebrates the coming of spring and all that happens in our natural world during this important season.
7:00 am to 7:00 pm

Arts and 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....
10:15 am to 11:15 am

Afternoon Adventures Drop-In Spring Series

Appleton Farms' popular Afternoon Adventures program now has a drop-in option on Wednesdays in Ipswich Massachusetts.
New this spring, the Trustee's popular Afternoon Adventures program now has a drop-in option on Wednesdays! Bring a friend, pick and choose the days you’d like to attend, or try it out for the first time. This 2.5-hour drop-off program on Wednesday afternoons provides your child with immersive,...
2:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Amesbury Farmers Market

The Amesbury Farmers Market happens every Wednesday at Barewolf Brewing in Amesbury, Massachusetts.
The Amesbury Farmers' Market is a local community farmers’ and artisans’ market located in the heart of the historic mills of Amesbury, Massachusetts at BareWolf Brewing. We are a regularly scheduled community market supporting our local food system, small businesses and neighborhood community...
3:00 pm to 7:00 pm

Read with Gus at MPL

Read with Gus, a certified reading therapy dog, at the Manchester Public Library
Deb Kaneb and Gus are back and looking forward to reading with you!  A Certified Reading Partner helps to build reading confidence by providing a safe, nonjudgmental space to practice, plus it's so much fun. Sign up early!  Please call 978-526-7711 for your 15 minute appointment or register online.
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Farmhouse Culinary Workshop: Farm to Kitchen

Join Chef Liz Walkowicz in this lively, hands-on cooking class in the Kitchen at the Trustees of Reservations' Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts.
Join Chef Liz Walkowicz in this lively, hands-on cooking class. Participants will learn how to utilize seasonal ingredients from our farm and other local farmers to create an exciting multi-course meal. The menu changes seasonally and each class will provide an opportunity for participants to...
6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Evening Stroll at Maudslay

Enjoy and evening stroll with the park interpreter at Maudlsay State Park in Newburyport
Join the park interpreter for a moderately paced walk to view different areas of the park and experience the changes at Maudslay over the spring, summer and fall.  Rain or shine. For ages 6 and up.  Wear walking shoes, and bug spray is recommended.
6:30 pm to 7:30 pm

High School Juniors - Jumpstart Your College Essays

JFK Had to write a college essay for Harvard, just like everybody else.
Writing an excellent college application essay doesn’t have to hurt. If you start early and give yourself time to think and plan, it can actually be an interesting writing experience. Expressing yourself clearly is not a matter of magic or luck. It’s just about allowing yourself a little guidance...
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm

Saturday, May 21

Weekend Wonder Walks: Salamander Meander

What kind of Salamanders will we find at Mass Audubon's Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary?
In spring frogs, toads, and salamanders return to watery places to lay their eggs. Meander along the sanctuary's wetland and woodlands trails for salamanders and other amphibians on the move. If we're lucky, we'll catch a few amphibians to observe up close and then release. We'll also swing by a...
10:00 am to 11:30 am

Birds, Bees & Butterflies

Families will learn about garden friendly insects and birds with ECGA at Cox Reservation! Photo: Bill O'Connor
Join ECGA to peek inside the beehives at Cox Reservation from the safety of a screened-in tent! This show and tell introduces children of all ages to the importance of bees and other pollinators. In addition to the hive opening, we'll have snacks and activities scattered around the property....
10:00 am to 1:00 pm

Newburyport Big Wheels 500

Come to the BigWheel 500 at Cushing part hosted by the Newburyport Recreation Department.
Just a week before the Indianapolis 500- Newburyport will see a fierce competition of our own! Participants ages 2-5 years old will race around our track on Big Wheel bicycles, dodging obstacles along the way, while trying to win the top spot on the podium!
10:00 am to 11:30 am

CraneExplorer: Shipwreck Scholar

Families will be guided on a Castle Hill hike through the salt marsh, dunes, and beach, while learning about local nautical history in Ipswich Massachusetts
Coastal views with a side of shipwreck! Families will be guided on a Castle Hill hike through the salt marsh, dunes, and beach, while learning about local nautical history, including the role of Fox Creek Canal and Robinson Boat Yard in the area’s shipbuilding legacy, and the fascinating tale of...
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Slightly Spooky Salem Tours for Kids & Families

Kids will love this slightly spooky walking tour in Downtown Salem, Massachusetts!
This tour combines true tales from Salem’s past with some mild ghost stories just for kids.  Our aim is not to scare the heck out of your kids, but to provide a little shiver and bit of mystery for kids who like ghost stories.  This tour follows a route that is near the downtown, but it’s a little...
10:00 am

Garden Explorers: Butterflies and Bugs

Long Hill Gardens in Beverly Massachusetts is a great place to learn about the nattural world and the creatures that live in it!
  Activate the young explorer within your child on the Trustees' Garden Explorers programs, a series of drop-in activities held each month on different themes. These programs are a great way for children to learn more about the natural world around us. Join us anytime between 11AM and 1PM and stay...
11:00 am to 1:00 pm

Appleton Farms Pinnacles Hike

Learn about the pinnacles at appleton Farm in Ipswich Massachusetts on this Trustees-hosted walk.
Have you noticed the four mysterious, tall stone structures that dot the property? Have you wondered what they are and why they’re at Appleton Farms? They are called pinnacles and they have a fascinating history and connection to the Appleton family. Join us for a guided hike to visit all four of...
11:00 am to 2:30 pm

Appleton Farms Guided Tour

Join the Trustees for a guided tour to explore Appleton Farm's beauty and  history firsthand
Rolling grasslands, grazing livestock, agricultural fields, stone walls, and historic farm buildings are part of this 1,000-acre 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...
12:00 pm to 4:00 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 play with Angora rabbits Violet and Vanilla, Nubian goats Merlin, Maeve, Morgan, and Mordred, and our friendly flock of heritage chickens! Befriend the Barnyard is a hands-on barnyard experience that lets you and your family approach our barnyard buddies under the guidance of a professional...
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm

Teen Naturalist Training at Joppa Flats

Join Mass Audubon for a volunteer training opportunity for teens at Joppa Flats Education Center in Newburyport Massachusetts!
Are you a young person who loves being outdoors, cares about the environment, and wants to share your knowledge with others? Take your first step toward becoming a Teen Naturalist volunteer with these trainings. You'll work with our staff and other youth exploring local habitats, collecting...
1:00 pm to 4:00 pm