Follow a trail from the farmstead through restored woodlands to hillside hayfields and pastures, where you’ll enjoy views of Great Blue Hill and the Boston skyline.
What makes Moose Hill Farm a special place?
Visitors can both enjoy the varied, expansive grounds of this former “gentleman’s farm,” and educate themselves about its agricultural history by exploring cellar holes and tracing stone walls built by centuries of farm labor. Traverse open fields cleared by ox and plow, later “mown” by herds of sheep, and, well into the 20th century, trod by dairy cows.
Between Boston and Providence, only Great Blue Hill, at 635 feet, is taller than 466-foot Moose Hill. The hill's impressive elevation, and the fact that it is located near what once was considered the informal “border” between the Massachusetts and Wampanoag Indian tribes, may have meant it played a strategic role in the cultural and political interplay of indigenous people.
Its height also guarantees terrific views of the Boston skyline and the Neponset River Valley from the upper hayfield.
Trails lead to summit fields, where grassland birds are again finding a home. The reservation's wooded hillsides still shelter some mature specimens of the American chestnut tree, a species that used to dominate forests in the eastern United States until it was it was nearly exterminated by a bark fungus. Look for the trees' familiar, spiny-husked nuts, which traditionally nourished wild turkey and white-tailed deer, both of which you will still see in large numbers at the farm today.
The opportunities for outdoor recreation here maintain a community tradition dating back 150 years. Even as the town’s agriculture was waning in response to Americans moving west, civic fathers seized upon the public's emerging desire for leisure and healthful pursuits by opening a hotel and other tourist attractions on nearby Lake Massapoag. The elevation, crisp breezes and clean waters of the local environment were considered beneficial, even restorative; a sanatorium for lung disease patients was built, and soon Sharon was a destination for pastoral pursuits.
3.5 miles of trails through meadow and woodlands.
396 Moose Hill Street
Sharon, MA 02067
Get directions on Google Maps.
From Points North: I-95 South to Exit 10. At end of exit turn left onto Coney St. At light, turn right onto High Plain St, then left on Moose Hill St. Drive 1.0 mi. to entrance on right.
From Points South: I-95 North to Exit 9 (Rt. 1 North). Turn right onto High Plain St. (Rt. 27), then right onto Moose Hill St. Drive 1.0 mi. to entrance on the right.
When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset.
Members: FREE. Nonmembers: Adult: $4, Children under 12: FREE.
In 1904, a young entrepreneur named Henry P. Kendall took over his uncle's failing cotton batting factory on the banks of the Neponset River in Walpole. During his lifetime, he transformed the factory into the large, multi-national Kendall Company. Mr. Kendall’s success enabled him to acquire and protect Moose Hill Farm, which housed a Guernsey dairy herd in the 1940’s, along with thousands of acres of woodlands in Sharon.
Moose Hill Farm's diverse landscape reveals how people have impacted the landscape during the past several centuries. Woodlands shelter mature American chestnuts, despite the blight that nearly wiped out this once dominant eastern forest presence. Cellar holes, foundation edges, stone walls, and open fields reflect agricultural trends in Massachusetts, which evolved from homestead to sheep farm to dairy during the 18th and 19th centuries.
Property Acquisition History
Moose Hill Farm was acquired by a gift from the Henry P. Kendall Foundation LLC on March 30, 2005.
Archival material related to Moose Hill Farm is available to researchers at the Archives & Research Center in Sharon, Massachusetts.
Moose Hill Farm Collection (0.25 linear feet)
Documents the building, alteration, and running of the farm by the Kendall Family, 1943-1961.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rooms in Time Quest
Use the rhyming clues and map to find a hidden treasure and story at Moose Hill Farm. Along the way you’ll have fun, and learn to see (and read) clues about how land has been used here at Moose Hill Farm. At the end of this Quest you’ll find a hidden treasure box, where you can sign in, collect a copy of our Quest’s stamp, and then replace the box for the next visitor.
Green Dogs Program
The Trustees created the Green Dogs program to enhance the quality of our visitors' experience – for dog walkers and non-dog walkers alike – and provide a welcoming, comfortable, healthy environment for dogs, their owners, and all other visits.
Seasonal bow hunting is allowed at Moose Hill Farm. For more information, please check out our MHF Hunting FAQs.
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:
Printed trail maps are distributed free from the bulletin board in the parking area. Please understand that supplies periodically run out. We recommend that you download a trail map before you 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:
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Solar Panel Installation
Check out a time-lapse video of the solar panels being installed at Moose Hill Farm.
Moose Hill Farm is a Green Dogs reservation. Learn more >>
After offering a CSA program last season, we're putting farming on hold here due to some concerns about soil erosion. If you have questions about the CSA, please email: email@example.com.