Field Farm
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Field Farm Williamstown, MA
316 acres

About Field Farm

Explore four miles of trails past fields, wander through manicured gardens graced by modern sculptures, and discover New England's youngest historic house museum.

What makes Field Farm a special place?
The northern Berkshires provide a perfect natural backdrop to the pair of Modernist homes that are the showpieces of this singular property. Surrounding the two architectural gems (one is now a bed-and-breakfast and one is open for guided tours) are more than 300 acres of open fields, woods and wetlands, through which four miles of footpaths meander.

The two houses here are terrific illustrations of trends in post-World War II architecture. The main house – now the Guest House at Field Farm, a six-room bed & breakfast with period art and furniture and mountain views – evokes the International style with its straight lines and extensive use of glass. The Folly consists of curves centered on a central silo. Take a tour inside to discover its playful organic design, with elements of Shingle-style architecture, and its site overlooking a pond recalls its use for skating and swimming parties held by the Bloedel family. Thirteen modern sculptures, including works by Richard M. Miller and Herbert Ferber, are sited in the garden.

The diversity of natural “architecture”  here is as impressive as these two striking houses, which were designed to blend into their surroundings. The broad fields and uplands provide habitat for white-tail deer, coyote, and the secretive bobcat. The wetlands are home to an active beaver colony, turtles, snakes and salamanders, as well as a wide variety of marsh-nesting birds and waders. Look for red-winged blackbirds with their scarlet epaulets, kingfishers darting and swooping above the water’s surface, and regal great blue heron stalking the shallows. Red-tailed hawks and northern harriers waft silently above the meadows.
 
Nestled against the eastern slope of the Taconic Range near the New York border, the geologic foundation of Field Farm is marble and schist, emblematic of the wrenching earth forces, and later glacial action, that crafted this beautiful corner of New England many millennia ago. And don’t be surprised to discover a cave or two.

Trails
Enjoy more than four miles of moderate hiking. Beyond the manicured landscape, follow the popular mile-long North Trail, which circles the centrally located pasture in a wide loop and affords mountain views in all directions.

Pick up the Oak Loop trail and wander for another half mile across a flowing stream and abundant ferns in the mature oak forest.

Continue on the Caves Trail loop, another half mile, to explore small streams that disappear into a series of underground channels and caves carved over the millennia from limestone bedrock.

When to Visit
Grounds: Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1½ hours for the trails.

Facilities
The Guest House at Field Farm offers bed & breakfast accommodations in six spacious, finely appointed rooms, all with mountain views. Picnic tables are available for day visitors.

Regulations & Advisories

  • Mountain biking is not allowed.

  • Dogs must be kept on leash at all times.


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Directions

554 Sloan Road
Williamstown, MA 01267
Telephone 413.298.3239; (Guest House) 413.458.3135
E-mail: westregion@ttor.org
E-mail: fieldfarm@ttor.org

Latitude: 42.6646
Longitude: -73.2617

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From Williamstown Center, follow Rt. 7 South towards South Williamstown. At intersection with Rt. 43, take Rt. 43 West and immediately take a right onto Sloan Rd. Proceed 1 mi. to entrance on right.

Admission

When to Visit
Grounds: Open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1½ hours for the trails.

Fees and Permits
Grounds: FREE to all. On-site donation welcome from nonmembers.

Property History

What is now Field Farm was an agricultural property dating back to the mid-18th century, as colonists cleared the lower slopes of the Berkshires and Taconic ranges for crop fields, livestock pastures, and houses and outbuildings. Previous to European settlement, Mohican and Mohawk tribes were on this land.

After Lawrence Bloedel returned from World War II and purchased the former Nathan Field farm, he had two distinctive houses built, both in mid-century Modern style. The family home, which also became a repository for the burgeoning Bloedel collection of contemporary art, featured redwood siding, a flat roof – and multiple windows and doors and decks to take advantage of fine views of Mount Greylock, rising across the Green River Valley.

Today the home, known as the Guest House at Field Farm, welcomes overnight visitors. The second house, designed in the 1960s, represents an amalgamation of styles and references—including a grain silo and propellers – and was whimsically named The Folly, and is available for tours June-October. Visitor will also find formal gardens and wide expanses of manicured lawn.

To insure that a sense of rural continuity is maintained, The Trustees operate almost 80 acres for crops and pastures on the reservation.

Property Acquisition History
Original acreage a bequest, with endowment, of Mrs. Lawrence H. Bloedel in 1984. Additional land given in 1990 by Nancy, Freeman, and Sally Foote. Additional land purchased in 1994.

Archival Collections
Archival material related to Field Farm is available to researchers at the Archives & Research Center in Sharon, Massachusetts.

Field FarmField Farm Collection
(5.0 linear feet)
Regarding Lawrence Hotchkiss Bloedel and Eleanore Palmedo Bloedel and their houses, Field Farm and The Folly, 1953–2000.


The Archives & Research Center welcomes donations of documents, manuscripts, records, photographs, maps and memorabilia that pertain to a particular property. Please contact us at 781.784.8200 or arc@ttor.org.

Programs

Tours of Field Farm’s inn, the Guest House at Field Farm, by appointment only; call 413.298.8123.

For more programs and activities at Field Farm and our other Berkshires reservations, check our events calendar.

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Conservation and Stewardship

Management Planning for Our Properties
 


Since 1891, The Trustees of Reservations have worked to protect special places in Massachusetts and maintain them to the highest standards. To ensure these standards are met, a program of careful planning and sound management is essential. Comprehensive property management plans are created for each reservation and are completely updated approximately every ten years. We often work with volunteers, property users, and members of the community to carry out this planning, which typically involves several steps:
 


  • Describing in detail the site’s natural, scenic, and historical resources; identifying management issues related to the protection of those resources. 

  • Describing how visitors use the property; outlining the opportunities that the property provides for people to become involved in the work of conservation and caring for their community.

  • Developing a detailed list of management recommendations, a work plan, and a description of financial needs for implementing the actions.

  • Developing a prescribed routine management program for the reservation that will guide staff work plans, volunteer involvement, and the allocation of human and financial resources.


View Field Farm management plan.

Maps and Resources

Printed trail maps are distributed free from bulletin board in parking area. Please understand that supplies periodically run out. We recommend that you download a trail map before you visit.



Planning Your Visit

Travel Links
Mohawk Trail

Before You Go
We encourage you to visit as many Trustees properties as you can.

Wherever your travels take you, please observe all posted regulations, follow special instructions from property staff, and keep in mind the Stewardship Code:

  • Protect wildlife and plants.
  • Guard against all risk of fire.
  • Help keep air and water clean.
  • Carry out what you carry in.
  • Use marked footpaths and bridle paths.
  • Leave livestock, crops, and machinery alone.
  • Respect the privacy of neighboring land.
  • Enjoy and share the landscape with others.

Click on links below for further visitor information:

Before Setting Out

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Tell Us What You Think

We’d love to hear about your visit! Here are three easy ways to let us know what you think:

  1. Take our visitor survey. If you have a question for us, you can ask us in the survey and we’ll get back to you.

  2. Post a comment about your visit on our Facebook page.

  3. Share your experiences with other visitors on our website. Simply fill out the form below, and we’ll post your comment right here on this page.


Submitted by Barbara on: August 25, 2012
We took the noon tour today and found it enormously informative and interesting. A delight to see two modern homes in the Berkshires. The guide was super.



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