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.

Locations

Appleton Farms Highland Street Parking
Highland Street
Hamilton, MA
01936

Phone: 978.356.5728

Coordinates: 42° 38' 57.966" N, 70° 52' 10.9848" W
Appleton Farms
Route 1A
Ipswich , MA
01938

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
01938

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

Thursday, February 16

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

Friday, February 17

The Merrimack River Eagle Festival

Come celebrate the return of the Eagles to the Merrimack Estuary! Photo: Eagle on Ice by Bill O'Connor
When winter returns to the lower Merrimack Valley, so do Bald Eagles and Snowy Owls and other exciting winter wildlife. Every year we host a grand event marking their return.
8:30 am to 8:30 pm

Eagle Festival: Everything Eagles

Kids will learn about eagles, their migrations and varied habitat at Joppa Flats
During Eagle Festival Week, join North Shore Field Teachers at a popular viewing area to spot Bald Eagles along the Merrimack River and learn about behaviors such as soaring, fishing, and showing courtship displays. Using sound effects, props, and group role play, you'll stay active and warm...
10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Winter DROP IN Preschool Farm Explorers

Farm Explorers is a great way for preschoolers to explore Appleton Farms in Ipswich Massachusetts!
Winter is in the air and the animals of the farm and woods have prepared themselves for winter. Can we find their signs, like homes, tracks, and caches of food? What happens in winter around the farm? We invite little farmers to experience life at the farm in winter. Through farm “chores,” age-...
10:00 am to 11:00 am

Friday Family Farm Chores at Appleton Farms

Join Thbe Trustees of Reservations at Appleton Farms for our special, hands-on Family Farm Chores program held on Fridays and 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.
3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Saturday, February 18

The Merrimack River Eagle Festival

Come celebrate the return of the Eagles to the Merrimack Estuary! Photo: Eagle on Ice by Bill O'Connor
When winter returns to the lower Merrimack Valley, so do Bald Eagles and Snowy Owls and other exciting winter wildlife. Every year we host a grand event marking their return.
8:30 am to 8:30 pm

Eagle Festival Field Trips

Families are invited to take a field trip with Joppa Flats naturalists to search for Bald Eagles in the Newburyport area
Bald Eagles are our goal as we search the skies and trees near the mouth of the Merrimack River on Eagle Festival Saturday. Choose among eight opportunities to join us to observe the surprises among all our winter-visiting birds, including many species of raptors, ducks, and more. Families with...
9:30 am to 2:00 pm

Sing & Dance with the Music Man

Sing & Dance with the Music Man Brian Doser in Hamilton visit Massachusetts
Come join the fun at Community House Of Hamilton & Wenham Monday, Thursday and Saturday mornings at 10am for 30 - 45 minutes of great music with Brian Doser! Sing and dance with the Music Man during a family concert, featuring familiar and original tunes, performed by local dad and musician,...
10:00 am to 10:45 am

Eagle Festival: Everything Eagles

Kids will learn about eagles, their migrations and varied habitat at Joppa Flats
During Eagle Festival Week, join North Shore Field Teachers at a popular viewing area to spot Bald Eagles along the Merrimack River and learn about behaviors such as soaring, fishing, and showing courtship displays. Using sound effects, props, and group role play, you'll stay active and warm...
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