306 Winter St, Duxbury, MA 02332, USA
Owned By: Town of Duxbury
A glimpse of Duxbury’s agricultural past. A gorgeous, tree-lined open field with a small drumlin hill at its center. A cart path provides about 0.25 mile of trail, with ample opportunities for extending your walk along the edges of the fields.
The Town of Duxbury purchased this property in 2008. Farming began there around 1750 (Molkiah Farm). The neighborhood was populated largely by members of the Chandler family — in fact, the southwest part of Duxbury was known for a time as Chandlerville because there were so many Chandlers there. It was also known as Tarkiln, because of a kiln and tar pits located there even earlier. In addition to keeping livestock and growing field crops, residents often harvested timber from the adjacent woodlands. There was a sawmill nearby, on Pine Brook.
An old cart path extends from the property sign, out into the field for about 0.25 miles. You can continue elsewhere on the property — perhaps following the perimeter all the way around, for a total of about a mile.
Habitats and Wildlife
This is on open grassy field surrounded by oak and maple trees. A line of cedar trees borders Winter Street. Look for wild grapes at the edges of the field. A small drumlin hill lies at the center, with some stately oaks on top. There are also two small ponds on the property. The lands and streams here drain to Bassett Brook, and are part of the Jones River Watershed.
Historic Site: No
Boat Launch: No
Size: 40 acres
Hours: Dawn to Dusk
Parking: Limited roadside parking on Winter Street.
Trail Difficulty: Easy
Dogs: Dogs are permitted but must remain on leash or under control at all times. Scoop the poop!
Boat Ramp: No
ADA Access: No
Scenic Views: Yes
Waterbody/Watershed: Jones River watershed