where wonder happens
Farandnear
metro-west Shirley, MA
89 acres

Near enough for regular visits, but with a feeling of remoteness that will transport you far from your cares, Farandnear lives up to its name.

What Makes Farandnear a Special Place?
Farandnear was the summer home of Arthur Banks – an accomplished political scientist and professor – and his family for several generations. Banks’ grandfather, Charles Goodspeed, named the property, because, at 50 miles from his home in Wollaston, it was “far” enough to require a two-days’ journey by horse to reach, but “near” enough to be a vacation home. Farandnear will be open for you to enjoy, forever, thanks to the generosity of Arthur Banks, The Trustees of Reservations, and people like you.

What to See and Do
There’s more than meets the eye at Farandnear. Its park-like grounds are perfect for playing, picnicking, relaxing, and more. Along its 2.7 miles of easy wooded trails, you’ll find fields of wildflowers; an arboretum full of more than 80 cool conifer trees; and the remnants of an old cranberry bog. And don’t miss “Paradise,” where huge hemlocks grow.

Fun for You
LISTEN: You’ll hear lots of birds calling, including black-capped chickadees, catbirds, and barred owls.
COUNT: How many butterflies and dragonflies can you see in the wildflower fields?
PLAY: Race around the trees in the arboretum.
LOOK: You might find black bear, bobcat, or deer tracks on the ground.

Trails
2.5 mi. of trails

When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset.

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