Friends of Steele Farm

Friends of Steele Farm The Friends were founded to help manage Steele Farm, a municipal property with special historical, conservation & recreational qualities.

Steele Farm, known historically as the Levi Wetherbee Farm, was purchased in 1994 by the Town as a municipal property. The farm itself dates back to the eighteenth century yet has retained its landscape character over the years. This character was recognized by the Town and by its inclusion on the National Register of Historic Places in 2006. Additionally, a conservation and historical preservation restriction was placed on the property in 2006, administered by the Trustees of Reservations and the Boxborough Historical Society, to preserve its character and uses. The property is managed for the Town by an appointed Steele Farm Advisory Committee as assisted by the “Friends”.

Mission: Assist the Steele Farm Advisory Committee in maintaining the property and celebrating its special nature.

Posted by our friends with the Boxborough PD
03/04/2019

Posted by our friends with the Boxborough PD

Perfect day in Boxborough for sledding at Steele Farm! 🛷 ❄️ ⛄️

More progress on the farmhouse preservation. Closing up the sill repairs on the outside. Wood re-enforcement done in cel...
02/22/2019

More progress on the farmhouse preservation. Closing up the sill repairs on the outside. Wood re-enforcement done in cellar plus crawlspace clean-out & structure re-enforcement of chimney foundation

Work complete on sills, drainage
02/15/2019

Work complete on sills, drainage

Winterfest pictures from The Beacon. Great event, great pictures.
01/28/2019
The Acton-Boxborough Beacon

Winterfest pictures from The Beacon. Great event, great pictures.

“Even without snow, people still turn out,” said Connor.

Alan giving his little history of Steele Farm at Winterfest. Photo from The Beacon.
01/28/2019

Alan giving his little history of Steele Farm at Winterfest. Photo from The Beacon.

Great day for Winterfest! Splendid weather & enthusiastic turnout
01/26/2019

Great day for Winterfest! Splendid weather & enthusiastic turnout

Come to Winterfest & learn!
01/20/2019

Come to Winterfest & learn!

Stop into the barn to see a 19th Ice Scorer on Saturday, January 26th at this year's Winterfest Celebration. Members of the Boxborough Historical Society will be there displaying and to answer your question on this piece and other historic agricultural and winter maintenance equipment http://www.boxborough-ma.gov/home/news/january-26th-join-us-for-winterfest

Boxborough Historical Society
10/21/2018

Boxborough Historical Society

A celebration of the completion of the Conservation/Historic Preservation Restriction for Steele Farm @ Town Hall.

So sorry to report the passing of Bella Mahoney, a true member of the Steele Farm Friends Family. Run in great fields, B...
03/04/2018

So sorry to report the passing of Bella Mahoney, a true member of the Steele Farm Friends Family. Run in great fields, Bella.

Collection of some of the 35 entries to our photo contest. Copies supplied by the entrants. This program is supported in...
02/28/2018

Collection of some of the 35 entries to our photo contest. Copies supplied by the entrants. This program is supported in part by the Acton Boxborough Cultural Council, a local agency supported by the Mass. Cultural Council, a state agency.

The photo contest entries on display at Town Hall. Also the announcement of the contest winners
02/28/2018

The photo contest entries on display at Town Hall. Also the announcement of the contest winners

The entrants to the contest
02/26/2018

The entrants to the contest

A companion to the wildlife photography done at Steele Farm....
01/11/2018
How animal cameras are capturing Seattle’s wild side

A companion to the wildlife photography done at Steele Farm....

In our NewsHour Shares moment of the day, researchers are peeking into the lives of animals who are trying to make it in the big city. Using strategically placed cameras, they’re trying to answer how urban life affects wild animals at the top of the food chain. Special correspondent Eric Keto has ...

The Veteran Memorial Committee's concept for the memorial was presented at a public forum last night. I hope it gets wid...
12/14/2017

The Veteran Memorial Committee's concept for the memorial was presented at a public forum last night. I hope it gets wide community support!

Congratulations to the Boxborough Veteran Memorial Committee for a successful presentation of the memorial design last evening at the library. The committee continues to work diligently as they further the design and begin looking at strategies for educational outreach and fundraising strategies. Please share this post with your friends to help spread the word about this wonderful Community project.

This year's tree sale was great. Good turnout & it was also a wonderful social event. Thanks to all the volunteers who m...
12/02/2017

This year's tree sale was great. Good turnout & it was also a wonderful social event. Thanks to all the volunteers who made it happen!

Steele Farm is also a wonderful backdrop for special family occasions. Like this.
11/03/2017

Steele Farm is also a wonderful backdrop for special family occasions. Like this.

Capture & share your memories!
11/03/2017

Capture & share your memories!

We all love Steele Farm and its beautiful vistas. We are now offering you the opportunity to share your photographs and be eligible for a prize.
Submit your photograph in an envelope to the Boxborough Historical Society, Inc,.Town Hall, 29 Middle Road, Boxborough MA 01719, Include your name, address, phone and email on a sticker on the back.
The photo will become the property of the Historical Society and may be displayed at various events or printed in publications. One entry per person. The photo must be taken by the entrant and not be edited in any way. Pictures will be judged on their artistic merit and ability to capture a unique aspect of Steele Farm.

10/11/2017
Jen Benson

Following the Senate override of the Governor's veto, this puts this funding another step closer.

I voted with the House of Representatives this week to override more of Governor Baker's budget vetoes. The House voted to restore funding to many local items, including:

• Crosstown Connect's Acton & Maynard Shuttle for seniors and people with disabilities
• The restoration of the historic Levi Wetherbee Farm in Boxborough
• The Johnny Appleseed Trail Association in North-Central Massachusetts

07/31/2017

The Boxborough Historical Society is pleased to announce with gratitude a generous grant of $25,000 from the Linn Foundation for the preservation of the 1784 Wetherbee/Steele farmhouse. This brings the Capital Campaign to 65% of its goal. With your help we can reach or surpass the $100,000 goal by June 30, 2018

Photos taken on the Steele Farm property by Trustees intern Ryan Pennesi. Poster made as part of the Freedom's Way Natio...
06/27/2017

Photos taken on the Steele Farm property by Trustees intern Ryan Pennesi. Poster made as part of the Freedom's Way National Heritage Area Hidden Treasures event

Remember that Bobolink nesting season is here & keep dogs on the main trail. We saw three males on guard duty today!
06/22/2017

Remember that Bobolink nesting season is here & keep dogs on the main trail. We saw three males on guard duty today!

Wildlife Photography poster for Freedom's Way National Heritage Area's Hidden Treasures event
05/05/2017

Wildlife Photography poster for Freedom's Way National Heritage Area's Hidden Treasures event

2017 tree planting work day!
04/30/2017

2017 tree planting work day!

Hearty work party for Christmas tree planting:  Sara Murphy, Jim Moss, Bruce Hager, Ken Whitcomb, Charlie Salemme, Ed Wh...
04/30/2017

Hearty work party for Christmas tree planting: Sara Murphy, Jim Moss, Bruce Hager, Ken Whitcomb, Charlie Salemme, Ed Whitcomb, Tom Sandock, and Cheryl Mahoney.

End of day
04/09/2017

End of day

Check out this art exhibit at Boxborough's Sargent Memorial Library featuring a painting of our own Steele Farm icehouse...
02/02/2017

Check out this art exhibit at Boxborough's Sargent Memorial Library featuring a painting of our own Steele Farm icehouse.

Promoting the Capital Campaign at Winterfest. Looking good Cheryl Moriarty Mahoney!
01/30/2017

Promoting the Capital Campaign at Winterfest. Looking good Cheryl Moriarty Mahoney!

Winterfest 2017

Winterfest bonfire. We have a hard time having a Winterfest with snow!
01/29/2017

Winterfest bonfire. We have a hard time having a Winterfest with snow!

01/15/2017

Running water & ice on the Picnic Trust property

12/19/2016

ATTENTION: STEELE FARM USE PROPOSAL
The Steele Farm Committee is asking the Conservation Commission, the Steele Farm committee and the Selectmen to consider a change to the present management to prohibit horses from trails in the Beaver Brook conservation parcel from December 1 to April 30 each year. That policy should also apply to Steele Farm, the Community Garden, and the Picnic Street Trust properties.
If you support it or have anything you would like to say about it we urge you to attend the ConsCom meeting on 12/21/16 at 7:45PM or email comments to [email protected].

Happy & helpful volunteers on a November 3rd Steele Farm work day, removing invasive plants that mar our farm land. Volu...
11/12/2016

Happy & helpful volunteers on a November 3rd Steele Farm work day, removing invasive plants that mar our farm land. Volunteers are what make things happen!

A bit of a moody Fall afternoon
10/30/2016

A bit of a moody Fall afternoon

The Steele Farm Capital Campaign is underway!
09/28/2016

The Steele Farm Capital Campaign is underway!

Nice information display. Spreading the word about the BHS Steele Farmhouse Capital Campaign!
09/04/2016

Nice information display. Spreading the word about the BHS Steele Farmhouse Capital Campaign!

Pledge to the Captial Campaign & get a nifty Friends window sticker! Wear your support.
07/28/2016

Pledge to the Captial Campaign & get a nifty Friends window sticker! Wear your support.

The program in which Steele Farm participates. Protection for a Town treasure we love.
06/09/2016

The program in which Steele Farm participates. Protection for a Town treasure we love.

The property owners who place conservation restrictions on their properties are the unsung heroes of Massachusetts. Click through the gallery to discover more.

04/05/2016

Last night after a presentation of the Boxborough Historical Society's proposed 2-year Capital Campaign to raise $100,000 to preserve and maintain the 1784 Levi Wetherbee (Steele) Farmhouse, the Selectmen voted unanimously to approve going forward with the campaign.

Thanks for the advice and planning of the ad hoc Capital Campaign committee (Owen Neville, Cheryl Mahoney, John Fallon, Ed Whitcomb, and Jeanne Kangas, with input from Lisa St Amand), who assisted in preparing the material delivered to the Selectmen.

A nice winter day at Steele Farm
02/23/2016

A nice winter day at Steele Farm

After a nice snow.
02/06/2016

After a nice snow.

Pictures around the farm & some adjoining lands.
01/23/2016

Pictures around the farm & some adjoining lands.

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484 Middle Rd
Boxborough, MA
01719

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