Bradstreet Farm in Rowley, Mass., is the second-oldest continually operating farm in the U.S. Originally deeded by King Charles I of England to Humphrey Bradstreet in 1635, the property remained in the Bradstreet Family for many generations until 2007, when the Town of Rowley purchased the 120-acre parcel including a 19th century farmhouse and 18th century barn. The Town set aside 113 acres as conservation land, and sold seven acres including the farmhouse and barn as a private residence with historic preservation restrictions. The property is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
After 350 years, and a three-year restoration of the fields and buildings, the new owners want to share this landmark property with others by offering the Bradstreet Farm venue for farm-to-table functions. Guests can get an inside look at an operating farm, enjoy our beautiful scenery and delight in locally sourced food and flowers.
The Barn at Bradstreet Farm is one of the earliest U.S. examples of an English barn. The original portion of the Barn on the property was constructed circa 1774, and the ell rear portion of the Barn (where events are held) was built in the early 1900’s. The Barn features original haylofts, horse stalls and antique farm equipment. The building has been lovingly restored by a master carpenter with 30+ years of experience in historic renovations on Boston’s North Shore.
Inside, we’ve created a 600-s.f. display of antique farm artifacts where visitors can learn more about the history of the property and farming through the past four centuries.
Just minutes off 95 on Boston's North Shore, Rowley is convenient to Ipswich, Newbury and Newburyport.
At our farm-to-table functions, select local caterers prepare delicious meals featuring seasonal herbs, vegetables, fruits and produce grown here on the farm. We complement our own stock with items from other local farms, including vegetables, fruits, meats and fish. We can also provide fresh flowers from our on-site garden. There is room in the fields for tents and parking. A large patio off the Barn overlooks conservation land, our farm animals and seasonal crops. A fire pit and lawn games complete the property. The Barn is adjacent to a restored 19th-century farmhouse that currently serves as a private residence, with a 2BR apartment available for use during events.
Hosts provide their own linens, tents (if needed) and portable restrooms – we are happy to connect you with local service providers who are familiar with our property. Ping-Pong table, shuffleboard, cornhole set and foosball table available for use.
Please contact us for availability and pricing.