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Bullitt Reservation
pioneer-valley Ashfield, MA
265 acres
Photo Credit: T. Kates

Let your eye drift across a broad swath of what was once cropland and pasture to the nearly unbroken forest canopy beyond.

Once a poor farm, and then later part of the country retreat of first U.S. Ambassador to the Soviet Union William C. Bullitt and his daughter Ann, this eye-pleasing blend of fields and farm buildings, mixed woodlands, and streams forms a crucial link in almost 3,000 acres of protected land.

Deer and bear are among the wildlife emerging from the forest to feed and frolic, while the fields nurture orchids and butterflies. This ecologically rich property also shelters state-protected species. Poland Brook and its feeder streams provide habitat for a variety of fish and freshwater insects and plants.

The Pebble trail is a nice introduction to the features of the property and an easy walk. The Two Bridges Trail connects first to Chapel Brook Reservation, then onward into a larger network of footpaths in Ashfield and beyond that lace this lovely part of the Pioneer Valley.

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

Renovating the Bullitt Farmhouse
Click here for a short slideshow of the Bullitt Farmhouse's Deep Energy Retrofit.

After the renovation was finished, we enlisted the help of our friends at Hilltown Tree and Garden to transform the outside of the building into an oasis of colorful berries, swaying grasses, stately trees, and wildlife-friendly plants. Click here to read more about the design of this sustainable native garden.

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Listen to the podcast about poor farms and the Bullitt Reservation!

Read about how history and future meet at the Bullitt Reservation in These Walls Can Talk by Jane Roy Brown.

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