Governor Oliver Ames Estate
Easton, MA
36 acres
Bird Watching Dog Walking Walking/Hiking (Easy) Picnicking

About Governor Oliver Ames Estate

Explore a part of Massachusetts history on this bucolic estate, first settled by Oliver Ames, who served as the Governor of the Commonwealth in the early 19th century.

What makes Governor Oliver Ames Estate A Special Place?
Set in the quiet town of Easton 30 miles outside of Boston, the historic 36-acre Governor Oliver Ames Estate features rolling hills, meadows, ponds, and a host of lovely and mature trees, as well as remnants of a storied and prominent past – all within walking distance of the North Easton National Historic District. Come to walk the gentle hills, picnic with friends, or just enjoy some quiet time among the centuries-old trees that dot the property.

The Ames family’s industrial and cultural contributions have helped shape Easton since the early 19th century. Their national renown and success was built on a shovel manufacturing company that supplied tools for, among other important American events, the Civil War and the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. The property was first home to Oliver Ames, who served as Massachusetts’ governor from 1887–1890.

The family’s influence is still very much in evidence; among other things, their name graces the town library and high school, as well as the imposing Oakes Ames Memorial Hall, one of five H.H. Richardson-designed structures in North Easton village.

Trails
At this time, the portions of the property owned by The Trustees are open for the public to visit. More plans are underway, and we hope to open more areas of the property soon. With private landowners adjacent to the property and many partners owning contiguous tracts of land, it’s important that our visitors respect private property on and adjacent to the estate.

When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1/2 hour.

Regulations & Advisories

We hope you enjoy your visit. For your safety, and to help protect this unique resource, we ask that you please comply with the following regulations:

  1. Please respect the tranquility of this park and others’ enjoyment of their visit here.
  2. Dogs are welcome, but on-leash only.
  3. Governor Oliver Ames Estate is open from sunrise to sunset. Entering or returning to the property after that time is prohibited.
  4. The following are prohibited at the estate:
    • Consuming or possessing alcoholic beverages
    • Fires, camping, littering or dumping
    • Motorized vehicles (except for authorized management purposes)
    • Golfing
    • Cutting or removing vegetation
    • Disturbing, removing, defacing, cutting, or otherwise causing damage to a natural feature, sign, poster, barrier, building, or other property in the estate.

The Trustees reserves the right to photograph or video visitors and program participants for promotional use, and usage of our properties implies consent. Find the full policy here.

Directions

35 Oliver St.
Easton, MA 02356
Telephone: 781.784.0567
E-mail: greaterboston@thetrustees.org

Latitude: 42.0703
Longitude: -71.1020

Get directions on Google Maps.

From Rt. 93: Take Rt. 93 to Rt. 24 South. Take exit 17B to merge onto Rt. 123 West/ Belmont Street toward Easton. Follow for 1.6 mi. Turn right onto Rt. 138 North/Washington Street. Follow for 1.2 mi. and turn left onto Main Street. Follow for 0.8 mi. and turn right onto Sullivan Ave. Follow for 0.1 mi. and continue onto Mechanic Street for 0.1 mi. Turn right onto Oliver Street, take first left to stay on Oliver Street. Parking will be on right.

Admission

When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour.

Admission
FREE to all

Maps and Resources

Printed trail maps are distributed free from bulletin boards in parking areas. Please understand that supplies periodically run out. We suggest you download a trail map before your visit.

Planning Your Visit

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

Enjoying Trustees Reservations

Safety

About Hunting on Trustees of Reservations Land