I was so impressed by this property and the docents who were exceedingly friendly and knowledgeable that I became a member of the Trustees of Reservations.
The property consists of four individual museums. Sadly, the Native American property was closed for renovation when we were there.
There is plenty of parking, next to a lovely little store and a Cafe.
My son and I, along with Ruby, headed down the hill, passing the impressive Indian statue in front of the closed Indian museum, to the Fruitlands farmhouse. It was once the home of the Alcotts, of Louisa May fame. For more on the history of the Fruitlands please go to their website.
We were met by a docent who was educating a couple of children on 19th century childhood games. The joy was glorious to behold.
After touring the house, we headed to the trails. Our destination, the outside loop, which another docent had recommended. Approximately 3 miles.
Here I shall photo dump as there were all sorts of binge worthy photo ops.
There are lots of amusements for kids along the trails. Not just “really cool” old fasioned toys.
Loads of fairy houses. I didn’t get half of them.
The trails are clearly marked and well maintained. Most are easy walking with only slight elevation.
I love trains, so I detoured on a side trail that took me along the tracks.
Stop and read. Especially for this history buff, there is lots of great information.
And some great views.
As well as just plain interesting stuff.
When you are done swing by the store and the Cafe, and admire the mural.
As a point of interest. The bugs were bad the day we were there, but my intrepid fly spray seemed to do the trick.
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