Weir River Farm
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Weir River Farm Hingham, MA
75 acres

About Weir River Farm

This family-friendly farm, one of the last farms in Hingham, will enthrall visitors with its own “family” of horses, pigs, cows, chickens, and sheep.

What makes Weir River Farm a special place?
Originally part of a picturesque, early-20th-century country estate, Weir River Farm today is a 75-acre working farm comprised of fields and pastures surrounded by oak and red cedar woodlands. The farm supports diverse wildlife habitats, including upland grasslands, which are in rapid decline in the Commonwealth. Weir River passes through the farm at its northwest edge.

From the entrance at the top of Turkey Hill, a footpath meanders downhill through open fields and woods. At a fork in the trail, you can follow one path to the barnyard and visit with the horses, pigs, and chickens. The other path takes you across a grassy avenue before entering “The Grove,” woods with an open understory reminiscent of a British woodland. A “Garden Path,” bordered by flowering shrubs and flowers, within the Grove, creates a serene and pretty sanctuary for visitors.

From the trails on Weir River Farm, you can get to adjacent Whitney and Thayer Woods, whose trails are connected to those in Wompatuck State Park and the town’s Triphammer Conservation Area. This extensive trail network provides you with access to the largest contiguous tract of open space on the South Shore – nearly 5,000 acres in all.

Trails
1.5-mile loop trail. Moderate walking.

When to Visit
Trails open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. The barnyard is open seasonally only. Please see Programs link on the left for details. Allow a minimum of 1 hour, 3 hours if also visiting Whitney and Thayer Woods. Call for information on educational programs.

Facilities
Seasonal portable toilet is located on grassy path at barnyard entrace. Please note that there is no access to barn buildings or barn parking lots except for special events or for purchasing eggs.

Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) Program
Learn more about Weir River Farm's CSA and where you can buy our produce.

Regulations & Advisories

As a working farm, there are things to consider when visiting this unique property.

  • Please keep to trails.
  • Please do not open gates, disturb livestock, or interrupt farm operations.
  • For health and safety reasons, please do not feed the animals.
  • Dogs are not permitted anywhere at Weir River Farm or the trails surrounding the farm. Weir River Farm is adjacent to Turkey Hill and Whitney & Thayer Woods, which do welcome dogs.
  • Hikers should be aware of the farm’s use of 
electric fencing around the perimeter 
of the livestock acreage.

The barnyard is open to visitors only in season, May through October, on Saturdays from 10AM to 2PM and during other special events throughout the year. Learn more about Open Barnyard and other events >> 

We invite your family to enter the barnyard area only during these scheduled programs. Entering pastures, pens or other livestock areas without farm staff is strictly prohibited and can be extremely unsafe.

In cooperation with the Town of Hingham authorized bow hunting is allowed at this reservation. Authorized hunting is permitted 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. Learn more about hunting on Trustees reservations >>

    Directions

    Turkey Hill Lane
    Hingham, MA 02043
    Telephone: 781.740.7233
    Email: weirriverfarm@ttor.org

    Latitude: 42.239
    Longitude: -70.835

    Get directions on Google Maps.

    Please note that there are two parking lots to access Weir River Farm:

    Weir River Farm Barnyard Parking Area: From Rt. 228, turn right onto Leavitt St. just before the Hingham Town Library. Follow for 0.6 mi.; bear left onto Turkey Hill Lane. Lot is on right, just past New England Friends Home and across from 160 Turkey Hill Lane (please do not park in the driveway of 160 Turkey Hill Lane as this is a private residence). This is the closest lot to our barnyard and Market Garden. To access the barnyard, cross the street carefully, then walk the grassy "chute" path down the hill towards the big red barn.

    Top of Turkey Hill: Follow directions above, but go past lower lot to dead end. Entrance and parking (5 cars) on left.

    Admission

    When to Visit
    Trails open year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Barnyard open seasonally for viewing. Allow a minimum of 1 hour, 3 hours if also visiting Whitney and Thayer Woods. Call for information on educational programs.

    Admission Fees
    Small admission fee for nonmembers to access barnyard. No fees for trails.

    Property History

    Weir River Farm was the former home of Polly Thayer Starr, whose paintings and drawings have been exhibited and admired at museums in Boston, New York, and Philadelphia for more than 70 years.

    Property Acquisition History
    Gift of Polly Thayer Starr in 1999.

    Programs

    Summer Camp
    Looking for summer camps for your kids? Look no further! We've got South Shore Summer Adventures at Weir River Farm and World's End planned for kids from four to 16. Get more info >>

    Market Garden and Community Supported Agriculture
    Learn more about Weir River Farm's Market Garden, farmstand, and Community Supported Agriculture Program.

    Children's Programs
    In season, we invite you to visit the barnyard during weekly "Open Barnyard" hours. We host “Open Barnyard” every Saturday from May through October from 10AM-2PM.

    We are also open every Wednesday from June through September from 10-11AM for Outdoor Story Hour. Learn more about Open Barnyard and other events >> 

    We invite your family to enter the barnyard area only during these scheduled programs. Entering pastures, pens or other livestock areas without farm staff is strictly prohibited and can be extremely unsafe.

    Experience life on a farm through programs, events, and workshops at Weir River Farm, Hingham's last working farm.

    We're not just about providing healthy food for the community here at Weir River Farm – we want to help people learn about where their food comes from. From our "Open Barnyard" and "Story Hour" to guided programs for toddlers to adults, we offer a variety of programs and events, such as:

    • Parent and child preschool programs: Parents and their preschoolers (ages 2–5) can enjoy Weir River Farm with a little gentle guidance from our staff. Through activities such as hikes, stories, and up-close visits with our animals, children gain comfort and confidence being on a farm. These programs are offered seasonally in the fall, winter, and spring.

    • Ecosplorations afterschool program: Offered for ages 5–8, this drop-off program gives children the chance to work hands-on with the animals, hike the trails, and make new friends. We offer this popular program seasonally in the fall, winter, and spring.

    • February and April Vacation Week programs: Vacation week doesn’t mean a break from adventures. We enjoy seasonal activities like working with the chickens or even new baby lambs. These programs run Tuesday through Thursday during school vacation weeks for half-day sessions.

    • Farm Hands Summer Camp: In this program designed for ages 5–12, your child will gain a new level of confidence and connection to the farm. Daily activities include mucking out stalls, working in the garden, eating fresh veggies, and learning more about the food that we put into our bodies. This program is offered in half-day, week-long sessions from late June through mid August.

    • Summer Counselor-in-Training Program: Do you have a 12–16 year old who loves the farm? Keep their connection to our property strong with this service-learning opportunity.

    • Adult workshops: Want to learn more about food and farming? We offer workshops like “Meet your Meat,” “Keeping Backyard Birds,” and our adult discussion course, “Menu for the Future.”  These programs are offered seasonally and more details can be found on our events page.

    Community Supported Agriculture

    A CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) is a creative economic model that connects consumers to local farms, and local farms to a reliable market. Through a mutual commitment, farmers and member-sharers join forces to create a regional, sustainable food supply, preserve farmland, support a local economy, and share potential risks. 

    Members pay for their shares at the beginning of the season, allowing farmers to focus on the growing instead of finances. In exchange, members support small farms and receive healthy, locally-grown produce every week. It requires a bit of flexibility and a sense of adventure: members share in the both the potential bounties of the season, as well as any risks if certain crops do not fare well.

    Learn more about the Weir River Farm CSA >>

    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 Weir River Farm management plan.

    Maps and Resources

    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.



    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

    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.

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    Announcements & Alerts

    Please remember that this is a working farm. Please read our Regulations & Advisories to ensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit.

    Advisory: Authorized bow hunting is allowed on this reservation. See Regulations and Advisories at left for more information.

    Learn more about the farm’s Community Supported Agriculture program and where you can find our produce here

    Upcoming Things To Do
    Wednesday, September 17
    Outdoor Story Hour

    Wednesday, September 17
    Outdoor Story Hour

    Wednesday, September 17
    Ecosplorations Afterschool Program

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