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Westport Town Farm
south-of-boston Westport, MA
40 acres

A former refuge for the community’s poor and infirm, this coastal landscape boasts a centuries-old farmhouse and pastures bracketed by stone walls.

What makes Westport Town Farm a special place?
At Westport Town Farm, livestock again graze on open fields. An antique farmhouse, dairy barn, corn crib, and stone walls dating back to Colonial times complete the picture of this bucolic working farm that served as a “poor farm” and infirmary for more than 100 years.

This unique coastscape offers visitors the chance to enjoy several environments, both natural and the result of human activity. The colonial-era farmstead includes a main house, barn, and a cluster of outbuildings. Extensive stone walls, which testify to the rocky nature of the soil and to the lifelong labors of farmers, roll from the building complex down through pastures and fields. Walls long covered by brush and vines have been uncovered and restored.

The pastures and former croplands roll down to a quarter mile of frontage on the Westport River, which nourishes one of the largest brackish tidal marshes in the state. Look for ospreys and gulls wafting above the river, and wading birds stalking crabs and small fish in the marsh.

Explore what this historic landscape has to offer by taking the easy, 1-mile trail from the barnyard, which follows a charming farm lane along stonewall-lined paddocks. As the trail crosses hillside pastures, it affords an expansive view of the East Branch of the Westport River then skirts the 10-acre hayfield before returning along the farm lane to the barnyard.

In the fall of 2008, The Trustees initiated a Community Gardens project that honors the Town Farm's tradition of helping to feed people in need in Westport and nearby towns. A farm manager will oversee a cadre of volunteers to help grow and harvest the vegetables. With all of the produce donated to those in need, The Trustees hope to garner public support to fund this project beyond the first year.

Trails
A 1-mile loop trail passes through fields and pasture, affording fine views of the tidal Westport River.

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

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Listen to the new podcast about poor farms & Westport Town Farm!

Read about the renovation of the farmhouse at Westport Town Farm.

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