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The Trustees 125th Fall Brings New Properties, New Programs and New Ways to Enjoy Autumn in New England

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Appleton Farms in Fall

Boston, MA—September 2016—Fall at The Trustees’ agricultural, cultural, and recreational properties is traditionally filled with a wide assortment of farm festivals, stunning foliage hikes, harvest events, cooking classes, and Halloween happenings to chose from. This year, as The Trustees continues to celebrate its 125th anniversary as Massachusetts’s oldest conservation organization, the organization is expanding its fall line-up with special free-entry days, contests and promotions, and nearly double the programs (over 1,000 statewide) to choose from, many of which are perfect for families.

“The fall of our 125th year is an extra special time at The Trustees, so we’ve expanded our line up of events and activities to encourage even more people to get out and experience our diverse properties around the state,” says Trustees Director of Programming Kristen Swanberg. “We encourage our visitors and members to hang on to that ‘unplugged’ summer feeling throughout the fall by joining our Hike 125 challenge, taking advantage of our free entry days like Green Friday, and experiencing our new outdoor art installations and fun fall programs.”

Early registration is encouraged as many Trustees events do sell out, but with 116 properties and over 5,000 programs a year, there’s always something new to experience with The Trustees. For a complete list of Trustees programs, visit To learn more about The Trustees’ 125th anniversary celebration and activities, visit

Tour Trustees Properties on Free Entry Days 

After 125 years of conservation, The Trustees now protects 116 properties for you to explore, from farms and forests to designed gardens, beaches and campgrounds to historic homes and more. Most Trustees properties are open year-round, sunrise to sunset. While 85% of Trustees properties are free each and every day, several are gated and/or charge an entry fee. This fall, The Trustees is offering three special free entry days. On Columbus Day, Monday, October 10th, admission to all Trustees properties is free for Massachusetts residents.* On Veteran’s Day, Friday, November 11th, admission to Trustees properties is free to veterans, active and retired military, and their families.* Check out properties like Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich, Stevens-Coolidge Place in Andover, the Old Manse in Concord, the Bradley Estate in Canton, Naumkeag in the Berkshires and Bryant Homestead in Cummington, on The Trustees *Parking fees, where applicable, still apply to nonmembers. Trustees members always park for free.

On Green Friday, the day after Thanksgiving (Friday, November 25), back by popular demand after last year’s record turnout, The Trustees will also offer free entry to all at outdoor properties with admission or parking fees, including Crane Beach in Ipswich, World’s End in Hingham, Bartholomew’s Cobble in Sheffield, Monument Mountain in Great Barrington, Ward Reservation in Andover, Appleton Grass Rides in Hamilton, and Rocky Woods in Medfield. Skip the shopping and get outside with family and friends!

Join The Trustees’ Hike 125 Challenge

The Trustees’ statewide hiking challenge, Hike 125, which launched this summer, continues until December 31st, so join in the fun or continue to get those miles in and be entered to win prizes from Trustees partner REI Co-Op. Prizes will be awarded for mileage achievements at 25, 50, 75, 100 and, of course, 125 miles. Since the promotion began in May, over 1,000 hikers have logged over 9,500 miles, and 9 hikers have already hit 125 miles!

Some of our favorite peaks include include Monument Mountain in Great Barrington, inspiration to legendary authors Herman Melville and Nathanial Hawthorne, Peaked Mountain, with views stretching to Vermont, and Pegan Hill, the highest point in Natick offering a panoramic view of Mount Monadnock and Mount Waschuset. This challenge is not just for the experienced hiker, however. Many Trustees properties feature easy walking footpaths and trails that are stroller-friendly. Visit Best First Hikes, Stroller Friendly Trails and Picnic Spots pages on The Trustees’ website for more ideas on how to get started. Guided hikes and walks are also available through the Hike 125 challenge period, with upcoming events featured on the Hike 125 website throughout the promotion. Create your hiker handle and get started at

Heat up in the Kitchen for Harvest Time

If you’re looking to get out and try your hand at cooking, or escape from your own kitchen, consider visiting a Trustees farm and taking a cooking class in one of our state of the art farm kitchens. Take in the beautiful pastures, meet the animals, and come home with a new skill or recipe. Appleton Farms is known for it’s great Appleton Cooks! classes like From Culture to Rinds: Cheese Making Fundamentals and Pumpkin and Squash: Crop to Kitchen. Powisset Farm in Dover offers Indian Cooking Class, a Sukkot Festival, a Kids Pumpkin Workshop and more this fall. Both Appleton and Powisset offer popular farm dinners throughout the season that sell out fast so be sure to reserve your spot!

The Trustees also runs culinary programs in the Boston Public Market KITCHEN where you can take a Fall Harvest Workshop Class, attend a Family Dinner Night on Fridays throughout the fall, or just come for a morning yoga class with REI!  And for the many cheese lovers among us, The Trustees’ Appleton Farms booth at the Boston Public Market offers the largest selection of Massachusetts-made cheeses available in one place. Thanks to a partnership with the MA Cheese Guild, the booth sells cheeses from 18 different local cheese makers, including cheese from Appleton Farms itself, the oldest continuously operating farm in the country. New this fall, the booth has goat cheese and kefir, grab-and-go cheese plates and will soon be announcing a catering program, just in time for the holidays. Follow @AppletonBPM on Twitter for details on new cheeses, special tastings and events!

Fall into Art…

Brand new this fall are The Trustees’ first two outdoor art installations, part of a new public art initiative called Art and The Landscape. Close to Boston in Hingham and in Concord, these two installations will provide two very different, immersive experiences. 

The Meeting House, a striking, temporary pavilion-like structure built to resemble the homes of the first emancipated slaves, now sits on the North Field of the Old Manse in Concord until the end of October, surrounded by thought-provoking signs about the infrequently discussed role of slaves in the North. This National Historic Landmark is where the Revolutionary War began and where years later Massachusetts’ most famous literati drew inspiration. The installation features a complimentary exhibition inside and several events and and programs to chose from outside on the subject of racial justice. World’s End in Hingham with its rolling hills, carriage trails, and iconic views of the Boston skyline will be home for a year to A New End, a labyrinth of mirrors at the base of the sand bar where you can lose (or find!) yourself in the moment. Curator walks will take place throughout the next year, with the first in October. 

Have Some Halloween Fun

The Trustees began offering a wide variety of kid-friendly Halloween events a few years ago like Weir River Farm in Hingham’s Boo in the Barnyard, the Not Too Scary Ghostly Gathering & Pumpkin Roll! at the Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate in Canton, and Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough’s The Great Pumpkin Chuck (for green disposal of your soggy pumpkins!). Due to the popularity of Halloween events among all ages, The Trustees has expanded its line up of offerings for adults as well. Castle Hill will be hosting its second annual Live Action Clue for Adults and, new this year, will be presenting The Great House of Frankenstein, where guests, in suggested 20’s and 30’s attire of course, will enjoy cocktails and hors d’oeuvres as this great horror tale unfolds around them. And new this year in Stockbridge, Gilded Age cottage Naumkeag will be haunted during Halloween week. Enter if you dare!

Celebrate Fall with Festival Season

Fall is chock full of festivals, from our farms and museums to the streets of Boston! The first weekend in October brings the Fall Festival at Weir River Farm and the Annual Town Farm Harvest Festival at Westport Town Farm. Next up are the Harvest Festivals at Fruitlands in Harvard and Chestnut Hill Farm in Southborough, as well as a Fall Foliage Festival at Farandnear in Shirley. The Boston Agricultural Expo on Sunday, October 16th, presented by The Trustees for the first time, will feature a whole day of exhibits, activities, and education devoted to the celebration and enjoyment of community gardening, backyard growing, and local agriculture and will also include guest appearances from some Trustees’ favorite farm animal friends. 

Explore a New Trustees Property

The Trustees was delighted to welcome Fruitlands Museum in Harvard and The FARM Institute in Edgartown on Martha’s Vineyard in 2016. The Farm Institute, located on historic Katama Farm, dates back to the early 1900’s and is an extremely rare habitat: a sandplain grassland. Its 162 acres are home to a breeding herd of 23 cows, 45 breeding ewes, 300 laying hens and 50 Heritage Breed Turkeys. Easy-walking trails are stroller and outdoor wheelchair-friendly and the farmstand is open year-round! This fall, check out the Haunted Hay Ride or take a class like Turkey to Table or Sheep to Stocking.  

For a heaping serving of culture, Fruitlands Museum, a National Historic Landmark features three museum collections of significant Shaker, Native American, and American art and artifacts, as well as a historic farmhouse that was once home to the family of Louisa May Alcott, not to mention gorgeous views and 210 acres of protected meadows and woods. Don’t miss the spooky storytelling along candle-lit paths at the Haunted Hillside event or the artisanal crafts classes like Pastel Painting, Felted Wool Jewelry and Bias Weave Basket Workshop. 

More ways to “fall into” The Trustees’ 125th Anniversary Celebration!

Help The Trustees celebrate 125 years of conservation with family fun activities that have prizes attached!The Trustees’ BinGO 125 is a game designed for those who attend Trustees events throughout the year. Ongoing through next May 2017, participants who attend a Trustees event can get their BinGO 125 card stickered for each one attended. Earn five stickers in a row then mail the card back to The Trustees and be entered to win one of 125 prizes. Participants will be notified at the end of the promotion. BinGO cards are available on Trustees properties.

For those looking to volunteer and give back, The Trustees is offering a special promotion through May 20th, 2017, called Serve 1-2-5. All volunteers who serve at one Trustees property, for two or more hours, five separate times will receive a commemorative patch to celebrate their service and also be entered to win a variety of great prizes in periodic drawings throughout the year. For more information visit and sign up at When you sign up to volunteer, you’ll be automatically signed up for Serve 1-2-5. 


The Trustees preserves and cares for some of Massachusetts’ most treasured natural, scenic, and historic sites for public use and enjoyment. Founded in 1891 and celebrating our 125th Anniversary in 2016, we are the world’s first land preservation nonprofit and the Commonwealth’s largest conservation and preservation organization. We believe in protecting the irreplaceable for everyone, forever.  Our passion is to connect more people to outdoor recreation, culture, agriculture, and healthy, active living by using our 116 diverse properties, community spaces, and over 5,000 annual programs as a powerful and compelling platform.  Located within minutes of every resident and visited by 1.6 million people in 2015, our properties span more than 26,000 acres across the state – from working farms, landscaped and urban gardens, and community parks, to barrier beaches, forests, campgrounds, inns and historic sites, many of which are National Historic Landmarks. In addition to our properties, we are also an active leader in land conservation. We hold conservation restrictions on more than 20,000 acres and have worked with community partners to help protect another 25,000 acres across the state. In 2014 we became a founding partner of the Boston Public Market, the first all locally-sourced indoor market of its kind in the nation where we operate our Appleton Farms vendor booth and serve as the educational programming partner for the Market’s demonstration KITCHEN.  Funded by our nearly 125,000 members and supporters, we invite you to get out, get inspired, and find magic in the moment at a Trustees property near you:

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