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Governor Hutchinson's Field
metro-boston Milton, MA
10 acres
Photo Credit: R. Cheek

Enjoy views of the Neponset River marshes and Boston Harbor from the hilltop site of the estate of the last Massachusetts Colonial governor.

What makes Governor Hutchinson's Field a special place?
We think it's the link to a piece of revolutionary history. In 1734, Gov. Thomas Hutchinson, the last royal Governor of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, built a country estate on Milton Hill. His zealous loyalty to the crown made him an object of popular ridicule in the years leading up to the Revolutionary War, and, in 1774, shortly after the Boston Tea Party, Hutchinson fled to England. The site of his former estate, of which only the ha-ha (sunken fence) survives, boasts spectacular views of the Neponset River and its tidal salt marshes, the Boston skyline, and the Boston Harbor Islands.

From the reservation, you can access the adjacent Pierce Reservation, a four-acre parcel of grassy slopes that runs down to the tidal marshes that border the Neponset River. To get to Pierce Reservation, walk down the hill of open fields and bear right. Pierce Reservation sits behind a private residence; please respect the privacy of our neighbor

Trails
A quarter-mile trail runs along the embankment of the Neponset River. Easy walking.

When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of ½ hour.

Getting Here & Parking:

  • For special programs and events here, we offer parking in the field. The entrance will be marked with a purple flutter banner and cars should enter at the break in the wall. (Please note that parking on grass and/or dirt should be expected.)
  • For larger events, parking may be offered at the Forbes House Museum (across the street).
  • Just down the hill at Lower Mills, there is on-street parking within 5 minute walk.
  • MBTA: Governor Hutchinson's Field is MBTA accessible – take the Redline to Milton Station, exit the station to Adams Street,  walk uphill along Adams Street and the field is approximately 1/4 mile up on the left.
  • For day-to-day visiting when we are not offering a special program or event, we do not yet have parking onsite and roadside parking is not permitted. Please consider one of the options above if you'd like to visit on a day without programs or a special event.
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Please note: There is no parking area for Governor Hutchinson’s Field and roadside parking is not permitted. There is parking for special events and programs, please see the Directions tab for more info.

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