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Employees

  • Full-time staff positions: 290
  • Part-time staff positions: 95
  • Seasonal staff positions: 509

Special Places at a Glance

  • 26,985 acres (118 reservations) owned, managed, and permanently protected
  • 20,500 acres (410 parcels) held under conservation restrictions (CRs); largest owner of CRs in MA
  • 24,651 acres (145 projects) protected through assistance

Milestones

First Property Acquired
Virginia Woods, Stoneham (20 acres, acquired 1892, transferred to Metropolitan District Commission in 1923)

Oldest Currently Owned Properties
Mount Ann Park, Gloucester and Rocky Narrows, Sherborn (both 1897)

First Historic House property
The William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington (1927)

Largest Reservation
Notchview, Windsor (3,108 acres)

Smallest Reservation
Redemption Rock, Princeton (¼ acre)

First Trustees-held Conservation Restriction
Charles River, Sherborn (81 acres, 1972)

Largest Trustees-held Conservation Restriction
Nashawena Island, Gosnold (1,900 acres, 1976)

Largest Cluster of Trustees-held Conservation Restrictions
North Road, Monterey and New Marlborough (2,396 acres)

Newest Reservation
Gerry Island, Marblehead

Coastlines & Beaches

  • 120 miles of coastline protected
    • 75 miles on our reservations
    • 45 miles through conservation restrictions (CRs)
  • Largest private owner of coastline in MA

Public beaches

  • Crane Beach, Ipswich
  • Long Point, Martha’s Vineyard
  • Norton Point, Martha’s Vineyard
  • Wasque, Martha’s Vineyard (Chappaquiddick)
  • Cape Poge, Martha’s Vineyard (Chappaquiddick)
  • Coskata Coatue, Nantucket

Farms, Food, & Community Gardens

Over the last 15 years, we have increased our focus on agriculture, reactivating working farms and community gardens.

Farms

  • 2,000+ agricultural acres (among largest private owners of MA farmland)
  • 5 community farms (open to the public)
  • 2 production farms
  • 4 vegetable CSA (community supported agriculture) programs
  • 1 meat CSA program
  • 550,000+ visitors annually
  • 1,300 CSA members
  • 3 farm stands
  • 1 dairy operation (milk and cheese production)

Community farms

  • Appleton Farms, Ipswich (oldest continually operating farm in North America)
  • Chestnut Hill Farm, Southborough
  • Powisset Farm, Dover
  • Weir River Farm, Hingham
  • The FARM Institute, Martha’s Vineyard

Production farms

  • Moose Hill Farm, Sharon

Selected Trustees farm leases

  • Land of Providence, Holyoke (Nuestras Raices, nonprofit farm and farmer training programs)
  • The Eleanor Bradley Cabot Estate, Canton (non-profit Brookwood Community Farm)
  • The Stevens-Coolidge Place, North Andover (graduates of New Entry Sustainable Farming Project farmer training program)
  • Moraine Farm, Beverly (Headquarters for New Entry Sustainable Farming Project)
  • Fork Factory Brook, Medfield (Neighborhood Farm)

Community gardens & urban food systems

Community gardens

  • 56 community gardens
  • 8 neighborhoods with gardens
  • 1,575 garden plots
  • 10,000 Boston residents served
  • 60,000 pounds (estimated) of produce every year
  • 20,000 pounds of food donated to food pantries

Mobile Farmers Market

  • 1,500+ customers in low-income urban areas served (accepts SNAP/EBT)
  • 3,000 pounds of produce sold

Recreation

  • 14 parks
  • 350 miles of hiking trails
  • Trail connections:
    • Appalachian Trail
    • Bay Circuit Trail
    • Cape Cod Pathways
    • Charles River Trail
    • Mid-State Trail, New England
    • Southeastern Massachusetts Bioreserve

Ecology

  • 6,400 acres (80 sites) of ecological landscapes
  • 496 acres of grassland habitat
  • 175+ endangered or rare species live on our properties
  • Designated Core Habitats as identified by MassWildlife BioMap and Living Waters: 12,292 acres on 68 reservations
  • Documented Vernal Pools: 18 certified and 114 potential
  • Acres of Areas of Critical Environmental Concern (ACEC) protected by The Trustees of Reservations: 2,923
  • Priority Community Types Occurring on Trustees Properties as listed by the Massachusetts Natural Heritage and Endangered Species Program: 18
  • Properties where prescribed fire is used to restore and maintain critical habitats: 5

Programs & Education

  • 5,000+ annual programs
  • 7 summer camps
  • 1 nature preschool

Cultural Preservation

  • 24 designed landscapes
  • 11 public gardens
  • 6 National Historic Landmarks
  • 1 National Natural Landmark
  • 10 National Register of Historic Places sites
  • 340 buildings (11 historic homesteads, most of which are open to the public seasonally)
  • 1,600+ land conservation trusts in the U.S. based on The Trustees, including the National Trust for Historic Preservation

Sites and special designations

Historic Homes and Homesteads (Open to the public seasonally or periodically)

  • Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Ipswich
  • The Stevens-Coolidge Place, North Andover
  • The Paine House at Greenwood Farm, Ipswich
  • The Old Manse, Concord
  • The Eleanor Bradley Cabot Estate, Canton
  • The William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington
  • Naumkeag, Stockbridge
  • The Mission House, Stockbridge
  • The Ashley House, Sheffield
  • The Folly at Field Farm, Williamstown (Massachusetts’ youngest historic house museum)
  • The Farmhouse at Fruitlands Museum, Harvard

National Historic Landmarks

  • The William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington (1966)
  • The Old Manse, Concord (1966)
  • The Mission House, Stockbridge (1968)
  • Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Ipswich (1998)
  • Naumkeag, Stockbridge (2007)
  • The Charles Lane Farmhouse at Fruitlands Museum,
  • Harvard (1974)
  • Wauwinet Wildlife Refuge Reception Station, Coskata-
  • Coatue Wildlife Refuge, Nantucket (1966)

National Natural Landmarks

  • Bartholomew’s Cobble, Sheffield (1971)

Museums

  • Fruitlands Museum, Harvard
  • deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, Lincoln

National Register of Historic Places

  • The Ashley House, Sheffield (1975)
  • Naumkeag, Stockbridge (1975)
  • The Stevens-Coolidge Place, North Andover (1979)
  • North Common Meadow, Petersham (1982)
  • Tantiusques, Sturbridge (1983)
  • Cape Poge Lighthouse at Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, Martha’s Vineyard (1987)
  • The Paine House at Greenwood Farm, Ipswich (1990)
  • Fruitlands Museum (a National Register District), Harvard (1997)
  • Governor Oliver Ames Estate (National Register District), Easton (1972)
  • E. Albee House, Cormier Woods, Uxbridge (1983)

Public Gardens

  • Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, Ipswich
  • The Stevens-Coolidge Place, North Andover
  • Long Hill, Beverly
  • The Eleanor Bradley Cabot Estate, Canton
  • Gov. Oliver Ames Estate, Easton
  • Naumkeag, Stockbridge
  • The Mission House, Stockbridge
  • Ashintully, Tyringham
  • Allen C. Haskell Public Gardens, New Bedford
  • Mytoi, Martha’s Vineyard (Chappaquiddick)
  • Farandnear, Shirley

Historic Houses and Structures

  • The Colonel John Ashley House, Sheffield
  • The Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate, Canton
  • Brooks Law Office at North Common Meadow, Petersham
  • The William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington
  • Cape Poge Lighthouse, Cape Poge Wildlife Refuge, Martha's Vineyard
  • Castle Hill, Ipswich
  • The Inn at Castle Hill, Ipswich
  • Choate House at the Crane Wildlife Refuge, Essex
  • The Folly at Field Farm, Williamstown
  • The Guest House at Field Farm, Williamstown
  • Great Point Lighthouse, Coskata-Coatue Wildlife Refuge, Nantucket Island
  • The Paine House at Greenwood Farm, Ipswich
  • Long Hill, Beverly
  • The Mission House, Stockbridge
  • Naumkeag, Stockbridge
  • The Old Manse, Concord
  • The Stevens-Coolidge Place, North Andover
  • The Farmhouse at Fruitlands Museum, Harvard

Gorges and Waterfalls

  • Bear’s Den, New Salem
  • Chapelbrook, Ashfield
  • Chesterfield Gorge, Chesterfield
  • Doane’s Falls, Royalston
  • Glendale Falls, Middlefield
  • Spirit Falls at Jacobs Hill, Royalston
  • Royalston Falls, Royalston

Large Woodlands (500 acres+)

  • Brooks Woodland Preserve and Swift River Reservation, Petersham
  • Copicut Woods, Fall River
  • Noanet Woodlands, Dover
  • Notchview, Windsoe 
  • Ravenswood Park, Gloucester
  • Rocky Woods, Medfield
  • Ward Reservation, Andover and North Andover
  • Whitney and Thayer Woods, Hingham and Cohasset

Working Landscapes

  • Appleton Farms, Ipswich
  • The William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington
  • Charles River Peninsula, Needham
  • Chestnut Hill Farm, Southborough
  • Field Farm, Williamstown
  • Fork Factory Brook, Medfield
  • Powisset Farm at Noanet Woodlands, Dover
  • The Stevens-Coolidge Place, North Andover
  • Tyringham Cobble, Tyringham
  • Weir River Farm, Hingham

Early Industrial Sites

  • Doane’s Falls, Royalston
  • Fork Factory Brook, Medfield
  • Halibut Point Reservation, Rockport
  • Noanet Woodlands, Dover
  • Tantiusques, Sturbridge

Native American History

  • Rock House Reservation, West Brookfield
  • Pegan Hill, Dover & Natick
  • Redemption Rock, Princeton
  • Tantiusques, Sturbridge
  • The Mission House, Stockbridge

Literary Connections

  • The William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington
  • Old Manse, Concord (Ralph Waldo Emerson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Henry David Thoreau)
  • Monument Mountain, Great Barrington (Herman Melville and Nathaniel Hawthorne)

Reservations that are part of Designated Scenic Rivers

  • Westfield River (national): Glendale Falls, Middlefield; Chesterfield Gorge, Chesterfield; Notchview, Windsor
  • Concord, Sudbury, and Assabet Rivers (national): The Old Manse, Concord
  • North River (state): Norris Reservation, Norwell; Two Mile Reservation, Marshfield

Massachusetts Archaeological/Historic Landmark

  • The Old Manse, Concord (1966)
  • The Mission House, Stockbridge (1966)
  • The William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington (1977)

Local Historic District

  • North Common Meadow, Petersham (1966)
  • The Old Manse, Concord (1973)
  • The Colonel John Ashley House, Sheffield (1980)
  • The Stevens-Coolidge Place, North Andover (1987)

Historic Resources

Notable Architects Associated with Trustees Historic Houses

  • David Adler (Castle Hill, Ipswich)
  • Edward Burnett (Castle Hill, Ipswich)
  • Joseph Everett Chandler (The Stevens-Coolidge Place, North Andover)
  • George Francis Dow (Choate House at Crane Wildlife Refuge, Essex)
  • Ulrich Franzen (The Folly at Field Farm, Williamstown)
  • Edwin Goodell (Field Farm, Williamstown)
  • Charles Platt (The Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate, Canton)
  • Richardson, Barrott & Richardson (Long Hill, Beverly)
  • Shepley, Rutan & Coolidge (Castle Hill, Ipswich)
  • Stanford White of McKim, Mead & White (Naumkeag, Stockbridge)

Landscape Architects and Horticulturists associated with Trustees Historic Landscapes

  • Nathan Barrett (Naumkeag, Stockbridge)
  • Ernest Bowditch (Castle Hill, Ipswich)
  • Joseph Edward Chandler (The Stevens-Coolidge Place, North Andover)Harriett Foote (Castle Hill, Ipswich)
  • Olmsted Brothers (Castle Hill, Ipswich)
  • Mabel Cabot Sedgwick (Long Hill, Beverly)
  • Marjorie Russell Sedgwick (Long Hill, Beverly)
  • Arthur Shurcliffe (Castle Hill, Ipswich)
  • Fletcher Steele (Naumkeag and The Mission House, Stockbridge; Peters Reservation, Dover)

Painters Represented in Trustees Historic Collections

  • Frank Weston Benson (The Stevens-Coolidge Place, North Andover)
  • Lydia Field Emmett (Castle Hill, Ipswich)
  • Walter Gay (The Stevens-Coolidge Place, North Andover)
  • Eastman Johnson (The William Cullen Bryant Homestead, Cummington & Appleton Farms, Ipswich)
  • Abram Poole (Castle Hill, Ipswich)
  • Ellen Emmett Rand (Naumkeag, Stockbridge)
  • John Singer Sargent (Castle Hill, Ipswich and Naumkeag, Stockbridge)
  • Edward Simmons (The Old Manse, Concord)
  • Mabel Sturgis (Long Hill, Beverly)
  • Anders Zorn (Castle Hill, Ipswich)

Sculptors Represented in Trustees Historic Collections

  • Herbert Ferber (Field Farm, Williamstown)
  • Grinling Gibbons (Castle Hill, Ipswich)
  • Frederick MacMonnies (Naumkeag, Stockbridge)
  • Paul Manship (Castle Hill, Ipswich)
  • Augustus Saint-Gaudens (Naumkeag, Stockbridge)

Trail Systems

Miles of trails represented by all reservations: 270+

Reservations linking the Appalachian Trail

  • Tyringham Cobble, Tyringham

Reservations Linking the Bay Circuit Trail

  • Castle Hill, Ipswich
  • Crane Beach, Ispwich
  • Old Town Hill, Newbury
  • Ward Reservation, Andover and North Andover
  • The Old Manse, Concord
  • Noon Hill, Medfield
  • Rocky Narrows, Sherborn

Reservations Linking the Mid-State Trail

  • Redemption Rock, Princeton

Reservations Linking the Metacomet-Monadnock Trail (now the New England Scenic Trail)

  • Royalston Falls, Royalston

Reservations Linking the Tully Trail

  • Doane's Falls, Royalston
  • Royalston Falls, Royalston
  • Jacobs Hill, Royalston

Reservations linking Cape Cod Pathways

  • Mashpee River Reservation, Mashpee
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