Almost 25,000 acres in Massachusetts are managed by the Trustees of Reservations. Their properties include destinations like the iconic Crane Estate and the deCordova Sculpture Park. If you had the opportunity to live next to one of these sites, wouldn’t you jump at the opportunity? In recent days and weeks, a few of these Trustees properties have begun to reopen. If you live close to these properties, you can get out and explore these beautiful settings.
There is plenty to see and explore at the Crane Estate. Head to Crane Beach now and keep an eye out for the reopening of the wildlife refuge and the house. Live on the Ipswich River just 15 minutes away at 23 Newmarch Street.
Just down the road from 2 Walker Road, an elegant yet comfortable European-style home, is Agassiz Rock. Go on a hike down the 1.5 loop trail taking in Big and Little Agassiz Rocks. After your adventure through the dramatic landscape, head home for a dip in the heated pool and relax in your own beautiful gardens.
Both 77 Wood Street and 712 Monument Street are in prime Concord locations that put them close to a few different Trustees properties. Explore the grounds of the Old Manse, which looks out over North Bridge where the battle of April 19, 1775 took place and has also been called home by Ralph Waldo Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorne. On 30 acres in Lincoln, the deCordova Sculpture Park & Museum is the largest park of its kind in New England and offers a variety of exhibitions. Right now, enjoy the door sculptures.
Originally a Transcendentalist experiment and later turned into a museum, the Fruitlands Museum in Harvard is 210 acres, which means there is plenty to discover outside until the museum reopens. All of this is close to both 171 Littleton County Road and 9 Graniteview Lane.
In Dover, 267 Dedham Street and Charles River Retreat offer two different styles (one’s a striking colonial and the other’s an elegant mid-century modern), but they both are close to amazing Trustees properties. One of them, which is now open, is Pegan Hill, which is the highest point in Natick. Take a walk along the mile-long trail to discover the ancestral home to Native Americans and later a Colonial-era farmscape.
Learn about geology and human history at the Rock House Reservation, which owes its landscape to a glacier. An opportunity to introduce more people to the beauty of Central Massachusetts is on the market. Highview Campground has been in business for 37 years with 156 campsites.
See more properties across Massachusetts that have easy access to open space here.