Powisset Farm
Dover, MA
109 acres
Bird Watching Hunting Mountain Biking Not Permitted Walking/Hiking (Easy) Horseback Riding Picnicking Dog Walking Not Permitted Farm Restroom

About Powisset Farm

This vibrant working farm is a local treasure. Explore its loop trail to take in the surrounding woodlands,  elds, and wetlands.

What makes Powisset Farm a special place?
Powisset’s openf ields and cluster of farm buildings make up a scenic, pastoral landscape that is a rare treasure within the Greater Boston area. Given its history of active agricultural use dating back more than 300 years, the farm is an invaluable cultural resource. Today, The Trustees continues that legacy through a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program at Powisset Farm, along with a vibrant barnyard, farmstand, and teaching kitchen.

Stroll down the farm lane, say hello to the barnyard animals, and admire the rows of vegetables and herbs. Take the loop trail beyond the cultivated land to an upland oak forest, a pair of brooks, vernal pools, and wooded wetlands, and gaze across furrowed croplands and thick hay fields attracting white-tailed deer, wild turkey, and grassland-nesting bobolinks.

Mowed trails through the hay fields link to adjacent Hale Reservation, and Noanet Woodlands lie across the street.

Trails
An easy loop trail, less than a mile long extends beyond the farmstead past woodlands and wetlands before returning to the barnyard. A trail spur leads into adjacent 1,200-acre Hale Reservation.

When to Visit
Trails: Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour.
Drop-in Volunteer Days (from May to October): Fridays 2–3PM, Saturdays 8AM–12Noon. More information can be found here.

Please Note
We maintain an electric deer fence around all of our cultivated fields. Please assume that the fence is on at all times.

Regulations & Advisories

  • In cooperation with the Town of Dover, authorized bow hunting, only with written permission, is allowed on this reservation for a limited number of hunters, according to MasssWildlife regulations from mid October through December each year, from ½ hour before sunrise all day until ½ hour after sunset Monday through Saturday. Hunting is not allowed on Sundays. Signage is posted at the property listing safety precautions, requirements, and rules for the benefit of all visitors. Learn more about hunting on Trustees reservations >>

  • Please respect restricted-access areas, and do not open gates, touch or feed livestock, or interrupt farm operations.

  • Dogs are not allowed. If you would like to walk your dog before or after your farm visit, you may take your pet to The Trustees' Noanet Woodlands, located across the street from Powisset Farm.

  • For your safety, please observe all posted signs. Please note that we maintain an electric deer fence around all of our cultivated fields. Please assume that the fence is on at all times.

  • Bicycles and biking is not allowed on the trails at Powisset Farm.

Photography
The Trustees value people’s appreciation for the beauty our different properties provide, and encourage visitors to capture their experiences on camera for personal use. Powisset Farm offers stunning views throughout our property. If you are interested in using our property for professional photographs, please see Photography Property Use Agreement for rates and policies. If you have questions, please contact us at 508.785.0339 or email charlesrivervally@thetrustees.org.

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

39 Powisset Street
Dover, MA 02030
Telephone: 508.785.0339
E-mail: charlesrivervalley@thetrustees.org

Latitude: 42.225
Longitude: -71.260

Get directions of Google Maps.

From I-95/Rt. 128: take Exit 16B (109 West). Follow for less than 1 mile and take a right on Dover Rd. Follow for 2.5 miles. Take left into farm immediately after big gray barn. Farm office is on ground floor, underneath barn.

From Medfield Center: Take Rt. 109 east, take left onto Hartford St. Follow for 1.5 mi. and take left onto Walpole St. Follow for 0.75 mi. and take right onto Powisset St. After 0.25 mi., take right immediately before big gray barn. Farm office is on ground floor, underneath barn.

 

Please park immediately on your left along the side of the barn. If all spaces are taken, please park along the right side of the driveway on the grass. Please exit the farm to the left, passing the pond and up the small hill out to Powisset Street.

Admission

When to Visit
Trails: Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour.
Drop-in Volunteer Days (from May to October): Fridays 2–3PM, Saturdays 8AM–12Noon. More information can be found here.

Drop-in Volunteer Hours
Saturdays from May – October | 8AM–12Noon
Fridays from June – September | 2–3PM

CSA distribution and Farm Stand hours (mid June through October)
Tuesdays 2:30-6:30PM
Thursdays 10:30AM-6:30PM
Saturdays 10AM-4PM

Admission
FREE to all

Property History

The roots of this re-energized farmscape run deep. Native Americans living in what is now eastern Massachusetts had been clearing land with fire and raising crops long before Columbus crossed the Atlantic. Colonists who settled in Dedham claimed this area in the 1600s and this land was farmed steadily through the 1700s and 1800s. Timber and charcoal industries were also part of its history.

In 1923, Miss Amelia Peabody of Boston purchased a house just north of the farm. Over the next 60 years, until her death in 1984, she would add 30 additional lots (including this parcel and what is now Noanet Woodlands) to her land holdings, totaling almost 800 acres. Miss Peabody enjoyed a privileged life shared by many of her Brahmin background, giving parties and riding to the hounds. But she also opened her vast estate to local people, who walked the trails and carriage paths, admired the farm’s champion livestock, and enjoyed the simple, restorative effects of being in nature. Miss Amelia’s commitment to public access to open space is continued today by The Trustees.

Property Acquisition History
Originally 188-acres were purchased from the Executors of the Amelia Peabody Estate in 1985. 33 acres sold to the town of Dover as permanent conservation land and another 33 acres that were not essential to the farm operation were sold as a limited development. The remaining agricultural land was protected with an Agricultural Preservation Restriction to the Commonwealth and the Town. In 1989 the farmland was transferred to The Trustees and opened as a reservation in June 2008.

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

Powisset Farm Collection (1.0 linear feet)
Regarding Powisset Farm including photograhs and documentation relating to livestock, 1948-1984.


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@thetrustees.org.

Programs

Children's Animal Barnyard
A hands-on experience for children where they learn about life as a barnyard animal at Powisset Farm. Activities led by Powisset Barnyard Educator and include:
Goat Grooming

  • Sheep Shenanigans
  • Bunny Hugs
  • Collecting Chicken Eggs
  • Feed the Pigs

Thursdays
11:30AM-1:30PM
Saturdays
10:00AM-2:00PM

Admission:

Trustees Member Child $5
Non-member Child $10
Parents and Caregivers Free
Free Parking

Veggie CSA
Powisset farm is now a 350 person Summer CSA and 100 person Winter CSA program that was started in 2007. We currently farm about 16 acres of land in Dover, MA and provide produce for our CSA shareholders, on-site Farm Stand and five food donation partners.

Custom Group Programs 

We welcome schools groups, friends, and other private groups and would be happy to help you plan a special program ranging from an educational visit with our animals, a Powisset Cooks class, or a birthday party. For more information please contact us at powissetfarm@thetrustees.org or 508.785.0339 x3003.

Farm Stand
Visit the Powisset farm stand, open this summer!
2-6PM on Tuesdays, 10AM-6PM on Thursdays, and 10AM-4PM on Saturdays
Our own veggies, plus other great local products!

Community Supported Agriculture

We are currently offering 2018 CSA Shareholders the opportunity to renew. We will open sign-up to our waiting list on February 1 – thanks so much, and hope to see you soon at the farm! For questions about the CSA, please contact CSA coordinator Sarah Kelly at: powissetfarmcsa@thetrustees.org

Learn more about the CSA program at Powisset Farm >>

Farm Stand
Visit the Powisset farm stand, open this summer!
2-6PM on Tuesdays, 10AM-6PM on Thursdays, and 10AM-4PM on Saturdays
Our own veggies, plus other great local products!

Meat CSA
Learn more and sign up for our new Meat CSA >

Conservation and Stewardship

Management Planning for Our Properties
 


 

  • 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.


 


 

  Bee-autiful, Greener Pastures
Creating A Pollinator Habitat at Powisset Farm

The Trustees, in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS), have carved out two acres at Dover’s Powisset Farm to serve as a “Bee Pasture.” Learn More>>

Maps and Resources

Printed trail maps are available for free from the bulletin board in the parking area. Please understand that supplies sometimes run out. Download a trail map before your visit. 



Private Functions & Photography

Private Events
The Powisset Farm Kitchen and Classroom is a uniquely beautiful gathering space in the heart of the Powisset Farm Barn. The Powisset Farm property is open to the public from dawn to dusk. Our newly renovated section of the barn seamlessly integrates rustic farm style with modern convenience. As a main part of the Powisset Farm Hub, this space is used by staff and visitors simultaneously and this space also includes an onsite farm stand. Due to the public nature of our facility it is rare that a rental can ever be truly private as people are coming in and out of the space at all times. However, certain rental times are quieter on the farm than others. For more information on renting Powisset for private events, please click here or contact us at powissetfarm@thetrustees.org or call 508.785.0339. 

Photography
The Trustees value people’s appreciation for the beauty our different properties provide, and encourage visitors to capture their experiences on camera for personal use. Powisset Farm offers stunning views throughout our property. If you are interested in using our property for professional photographs, please see Photography Property Use Agreement for rates and policies. If you have questions, please contact us at 508.785.0339 or email charlesrivervally@thetrustees.org.

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