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.
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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.

Great event next weekend at Steele Farm
01/21/2020

Great event next weekend at Steele Farm

We should still have snow for sledding next weekend! Come on by for some pulled pork, Mac and cheese, hot cocoa, coffee, wine, beer, cider, from Slater’s, the Boxboro Regency, True West and Pony Shack cider, desserts from Legends and chocolates from Two Friends Chocolate company. A photo booth by Acton Open Door Theater. A wonderful DJ and Good ‘old Neighbor conversations by a bon fire. Sledding, popcorn and plenty of kids activities from the Taylor School in Boxborough too! Come on by 1-4 pm on Saturday, 1/25 at Steele Farm. Oh and of course Human Fooseball and a hike provided by the boxborough conservation trust at 2 pm that day.

Tour with preservation consultant Anne Forbes, who did much historic research on the house & property
08/21/2019

Tour with preservation consultant Anne Forbes, who did much historic research on the house & property

Tour with preservation consultant Anne Forbes, who did much historic research on the house & property

Nice afternoon around the property & through the woods.
07/08/2019

Nice afternoon around the property & through the woods.

Our Grand Dog is a city boy (Providence, RI) and found Steele Farm to be full of good sniffs. He was on-lead (of course)...
06/21/2019

Our Grand Dog is a city boy (Providence, RI) and found Steele Farm to be full of good sniffs. He was on-lead (of course) to prevent him disturbing wildlife

Model showing post & beam construction, featuring many features of the Steele Farm farmhouse. Commissioned & donated to ...
06/17/2019

Model showing post & beam construction, featuring many features of the Steele Farm farmhouse. Commissioned & donated to the Boxborough Historical Society by Margaret Delano

Photos from Friends of Steele Farm's post
04/27/2019

Photos from Friends of Steele Farm's post

04/20/2019

Notice: The Steele Farm Tree Planting is postponed until next Saturday, April 27!

04/12/2019
Boxborough Historical Society

Wetherbee Family exhibit at The Museum. The family who founded what is now also known as Steele Farm (in case you didn't know).

The Society preserves Boxborough's history by hosting programs and maintaining a collection in the regularly-opened Town Museum.

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

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

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.

Presentation of the $50,000 State earmark at the farmhouse. Thanks to State Senator Jamie Eldridge & State Representativ...
07/20/2018

Presentation of the $50,000 State earmark at the farmhouse. Thanks to State Senator Jamie Eldridge & State Representative Jen Benson.

Thanks to our State Senator & Representative for this wonderful earmark.
07/17/2018

Thanks to our State Senator & Representative for this wonderful earmark.

Thanks to Senator Eldridge and Representative Benson for joining the Selectmen last night to present a check for $50,000 - which represents the allocation they sponsored in the State's FY 2018 Budget to support our project to stabilize the Levi Wetherbee Farmhouse.

More pictures from the Hug a House event.
06/25/2018

More pictures from the Hug a House event.

Thanks for joining us on Sunday

Hug a House event
06/25/2018

Hug a House event

First evening of summer 2018. Plus installation of the vintage snow roller preserved by the Robinson Family & now in the...
06/22/2018

First evening of summer 2018. Plus installation of the vintage snow roller preserved by the Robinson Family & now in the Steele Farm barn.

The photo contest entries are all on display the the Sargent Memorial Library. They look fantastic!!
06/18/2018

The photo contest entries are all on display the the Sargent Memorial Library. They look fantastic!!

The photo contest entries are all on display the the Sargent Memorial Library. They look fantastic!!

"Horsing around" at Steele Farm. Photo by Anne Dykiel
06/13/2018

"Horsing around" at Steele Farm. Photo by Anne Dykiel

Don't miss it if you can...
06/11/2018

Don't miss it if you can...

$75,000 delivered to the Town from the Historical Society Steele Farmhouse Capital Campaign.
06/05/2018

$75,000 delivered to the Town from the Historical Society Steele Farmhouse Capital Campaign.

Another contribution for a long time part of the Town’s history
05/17/2018

Another contribution for a long time part of the Town’s history

Master Owen Neville presented Boxborough Historical Society President Jeanne Kangas with Boxborough Grange’s contribution to the Steele Farm Capital Campaign to preserve the 1784 Levi Wetherbee farmhouse. Proud to support Boxborough’s history!

We seek your ideas and input on uses for the farmhouse. Make  your voices heard: respond with answers to this questionna...
03/20/2018

We seek your ideas and input on uses for the farmhouse.
Make your voices heard: respond with answers to this questionnaire.
Email a response to [email protected] or attend the public session on April 19, 2018. Comments can also be submitted online:http://www.boxborough-ma.gov/sites/boxboroughma/files/file/file/usage_questionaire_final_20180320_fillable.pdf

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.

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 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.

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

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

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484 Middle Rd
Boxborough, MA
01719

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