Appleton Farms Old House Visitor Center, Dairy to Doorstep exhibit and Dairy Store open to the public.
For more information call 978.356.5728 x18 or visit www.thetrustees.org/appletonfarms.
Old House Visitor Center: Wednesday through Sunday, 11am – 3pm
Appleton Farms’ Visitor Center is located in the Old House, a newly remodeled “green” building that was an original home to the Appleton Family.
Staffed with on-site docents, the visitor center a special room furnished to represent the family's life in the mid-1800s. Family furniture, portraits, and other historic artifacts are on display throughout the house. In addition, the center has a farm-based education classroom with seasonal education displays and a state-of-the-art kitchen, where programs that feature the farms' locally grown food are held. The visitor center is central to the 1,000-acre working farm and offers easy access to the surrounding trails and farmstead area, including other historic buildings and pastures with grazing cows and roaming chickens.
From Dairy to Doorstep Exhibit: Daily, 9am - 5pm through September 30
From Dairy to Doorstep: Milk Delivery in New England is an entertaining panel exhibition that uses lively graphics and illustrations, including photographs and advertisements associated with milk production, delivery and consumption, to chronicle the origins of home milk delivery and the heyday of the milkman. The story of how milk traveled from the cow to the New England kitchen table is the story of changing technologies, sanitation regulations, migrating populations, urbanization, fashionable tastes, local customs, and collections memories.
The exhibition was created and organized by Historic New England, who owns the Hood collection of milk delivery-related objects. A memory book will be available for visitors to share their milk or milkman stories, which will later be deposited in Historic New England’s Library and Archives.
Dairy Store: Monday, Wednesday & Thursday, 2–7PM; Tuesday & Friday, 11AM–6PM; Saturday, 9AM–3PM.
Appleton Farms’ milk, beef and eggs for sale as well as an assortment of other locally sourced products including yogurt, ice cream, cheese, maple syrup, honey, bread, and artwork.
More about Appleton Farms: Appleton Farms, America’s oldest continuously operating farm, was given to The Trustees of Reservations by the Appleton Family in 1998. Since then, The Trustees have worked to make the property a welcome destination for visitors from the North Shore and beyond by restoring historic buildings, maintaining trails, providing a wide variety of public programs and supporting local agriculture through its Community Supported Agriculture and Livestock programs.
More about The Trustees of Reservations: The Trustees of Reservations is the nation’s oldest, statewide land conservation organization founded by open space visionary Charles Eliot in 1891 to “hold in trust,” and care for properties of scenic, cultural and natural significance for current and future generations to enjoy. Supported by members, donors and thousands of volunteers, The Trustees own and manage 106 spectacular “reservations” (over 20 of which are on Boston’s north shore) located on more than 26,000 acres in 75 communities throughout Massachusetts. The Trustees work to promote healthy, active, green communities locally and around the state by providing hundreds of year-round programs, events and engagement opportunities for all ages. Most property entry fees, programs and events are free-of-charge or heavily discounted for members.
Accredited by the Land Trust Accreditation Commission, The Trustees are an established leader in the conservation movement and model for other land trusts nationally and internationally. To find out more about membership, volunteer, job and other engagement opportunities with The Trustees visit http://www.thetrustees.org.