Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is a family-friendly National Historic Landmark with activities for all ages.
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Vintage Base Ball this Sunday at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm!!!Sunday August 15thLynn Live Oaks vs Newburyport Clamdigger...
08/12/2021

Vintage Base Ball this Sunday at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm!!!

Sunday August 15th

Lynn Live Oaks vs Newburyport Clamdiggers

First pitch is at noon.
Ipswich Ale Brewery's Tap truck will be there 🙂
Bring a picnic lunch, there will be no JimJam's Hot Dogs.
Looks like Sunday is going to be beautiful!

The game is grass field seating - so please bring chairs or blankets.
Bring the whole family for a great afternoon of vintage base ball.

Historic New England members - free.
Nonmembers- $5
Tickets are available at the gate.
Presale tickets:
https://my.historicnewengland.org/12664/spl-baseball-10

Game is weather permitting - and being in NE we know how our summer has been going.
Any decisions regarding the game for weather will be posted on the Spencer- Peirce- Little Farm page.
We can't wait to see you on Sunday! Huzzah!!!!

Photos © Jennie Lynch

Friends!This Saturday - August 7th - FIBER REVIVAL returns to Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm!Fiber Revival is a day long exp...
08/05/2021

Friends!
This Saturday - August 7th - FIBER REVIVAL returns to Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm!

Fiber Revival is a day long exploration of the fiber arts.
There will be many vendors on site too.
We would love for you to bring along your knitting/ crochet/ spinning project and a chair and spend the day with us.

We will also have lunch available for purchase - sandwiches from Bucciarelli's Butcher Shop & Deli and Jim Jamz hot dogs.
Of course the Ipswich Ale Brewery tap truck will be here too.

There will also be a vintage base ball game - first pitch at noon on the back diamond.
Lowell BBC vs Portsmouth Rockinghams

So grab a few chairs- the entire family and your latest knitting project and join us this Saturday!

Fiber Revival doors open at 9 am and runs until 4pm.

Vintage base ball starts at 12pm and is weather permitting - so any weather decisions will be posted on the Spencer- Peirce- Little page - please check there.

Free to Historic New England members
$6 nonmember adults.
Advanced tickets for Fiber Revival available here:
https://my.historicnewengland.org/12664/spl-fiber-festival

There are also going to be house tours too.

Advanced tickets for tours available here:
https://my.historicnewengland.org/11702/12574

We can't wait to see you on Saturday!

Fiber revival photos © Sara Willman.
Vintage base ball photo © Jennie Lynch.

Vintage Base Ball this Sunday at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm!!!Sunday August 1stLynn Live Oaks vs Portsmouth RockinghamsF...
07/29/2021

Vintage Base Ball this Sunday at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm!!!

Sunday August 1st

Lynn Live Oaks vs Portsmouth Rockinghams

First pitch is at noon.

Ipswich Ale Brewery's Tap truck will be there 🙂
JimJamz hot dogs will be available too!

The game is grass field seating - so please bring chairs or blankets.
Bring the whole family for a great afternoon of vintage base ball.

Historic New England members - free.
Nonmembers- $5
Tickets are available at the gate.

Presale tickets:
https://my.historicnewengland.org/12664/spl-baseball-8

Game is weather permitting - and being in NE we know how our summer has been going.
Any decisions regarding the game for weather will be posted on the Spencer- Peirce- Little Farm page.

We can't wait to see you on Sunday! Huzzah!!!!
Photos © Jennie Lynch

07/25/2021

** Good Sunday morning friends!**

Today's Vintage Base Ball game is ON!
First pitch is a noon!

:)

PLAY BALL!Vintage base ball at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm this Sunday!July 25th!Lowell BBC vs Newburyport ClamdiggersFir...
07/22/2021

PLAY BALL!

Vintage base ball at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm this Sunday!
July 25th!

Lowell BBC vs Newburyport Clamdiggers

First pitch is at noon.

Ipswich Ale Brewery's Tap truck will be there :)

The game is grass field seating - so please bring chairs or blankets.

Pack up a lunch and bring the whole family for a great afternoon of vintage base ball.

Historic New England members - free.
Nonmembers- $5
Tickets are available at the gate.
Presale tickets:

https://my.historicnewengland.org/12664/spl-baseball-7

Game is weather permitting - and being in NE we know how our summer has been going.
Any decisions regarding the game for weather will be posted on the Spencer- Peirce- Little Farm page.

We can't wait to see you on Sunday! Huzzah!!!!

Photo © Jennie Lynch

PLAY BALL!

Vintage base ball at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm this Sunday!
July 25th!

Lowell BBC vs Newburyport Clamdiggers

First pitch is at noon.

Ipswich Ale Brewery's Tap truck will be there :)

The game is grass field seating - so please bring chairs or blankets.

Pack up a lunch and bring the whole family for a great afternoon of vintage base ball.

Historic New England members - free.
Nonmembers- $5
Tickets are available at the gate.
Presale tickets:

https://my.historicnewengland.org/12664/spl-baseball-7

Game is weather permitting - and being in NE we know how our summer has been going.
Any decisions regarding the game for weather will be posted on the Spencer- Peirce- Little Farm page.

We can't wait to see you on Sunday! Huzzah!!!!

Photo © Jennie Lynch

07/18/2021

Hello friends!

Today's Vintage Base Ball double-header has been cancelled. We were hoping to be able to play this afternoon - but due to the forecast and the field conditions - we will not be able to.

The next game is next Sunday - July 25th
The first pitch is at noon, we hope to see you there!

Vintage Base Ball this SUNDAY!**Cancelled - due to rain forecast and field conditions**Ipswich Ale Brewery's Tap Truck w...
07/15/2021

Vintage Base Ball this SUNDAY!**Cancelled - due to rain forecast and field conditions**
Ipswich Ale Brewery's Tap Truck will be here -
and JimJamz hot dogs too !!!!

Sunday July 18th
Join us at noon for the first pitch.
The Lynn Live Oaks will be playing a double-header against the Newburyport Clamdiggers.

The game is grass field seating - so please bring chairs or blankets.

Game is weather permitting.
* We know the forecast is questionable - any decisions about the game will be posted to the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm page. PLEASE check there. :) *

Bring the whole family for a great afternoon of vintage base ball.

Historic New England members - free.
Nonmembers- $5
Tickets are available at the gate.
Presale tickets:

https://my.historicnewengland.org/12664/spl-baseball-6

Photo © Jennie Lynch

Vintage Base Ball this SUNDAY!**Cancelled - due to rain forecast and field conditions**
Ipswich Ale Brewery's Tap Truck will be here -
and JimJamz hot dogs too !!!!

Sunday July 18th
Join us at noon for the first pitch.
The Lynn Live Oaks will be playing a double-header against the Newburyport Clamdiggers.

The game is grass field seating - so please bring chairs or blankets.

Game is weather permitting.
* We know the forecast is questionable - any decisions about the game will be posted to the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm page. PLEASE check there. :) *

Bring the whole family for a great afternoon of vintage base ball.

Historic New England members - free.
Nonmembers- $5
Tickets are available at the gate.
Presale tickets:

https://my.historicnewengland.org/12664/spl-baseball-6

Photo © Jennie Lynch

Join us at noon today for the Essex Base Ball Organization's game.They will be raising a glass to our friend Bethany Gro...
07/11/2021

Join us at noon today for the Essex Base Ball Organization's game.
They will be raising a glass to our friend Bethany Groff Dorau.

:) Huzzah! Huzzah! Huzzah!

Come join us at noon tomorrow at Spencer Peirce Little Farm for some 1864 base ball featuring the Lowell Nine and Portsmouth Rockinghams. At noon we will have a special ceremony thanking Bethany Groff Dorau for all of her contributions to making our organization the success it is today. It should be a fine day to watch some base ball and enjoy an Ipswich Ale

Thank you to North of Boston and Claire :)
07/09/2021
Vintage Base Ball at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm - North of Boston

Thank you to North of Boston and Claire :)

By Claire Crean The Essex Base Ball club is back! After being closed during the pandemic, the teams have returned to “Play Ball!” I learned a great deal about vintage “Base Ball” on a recent visit to at Historic New England’s Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm for the Father’s Day Mixed Nine Gam...

Vintage Base Ball this SUNDAY!Ipswich Ale Brewery RETURNS!Sunday July 11thJoin us at noon for the first pitch.The Lowell...
07/08/2021

Vintage Base Ball this SUNDAY!
Ipswich Ale Brewery RETURNS!

Sunday July 11th
Join us at noon for the first pitch.
The Lowell BBC will be playing a double-header against the Portsmouth Rockinghams.

The game is grass field seating - so please bring chairs or blankets.
Game is weather permitting.
Pack up a lunch and bring the whole family for a great afternoon of vintage base ball.
Historic New England members - free.
Nonmembers- $5
Tickets are available at the gate.
Presale tickets:

https://my.historicnewengland.org/12664/spl-baseball-5

Huzzah!!! We can not WAIT until Sunday! :)

Vintage Base Ball: ©Jennie Lynch
Beer : ©Sara Willman

This SUNDAY Ipswich Ale Brewery's tapmobile returns ( and so does James! ) for the Vintage Base Ball double-header . We ...
07/06/2021

This SUNDAY Ipswich Ale Brewery's tapmobile returns ( and so does James! ) for the Vintage Base Ball double-header . We couldn't be more excited!!!!!

Join us
Lowell BBC vs Portsmouth Rockinghams
First pitch at noon.

Free to Historic New England members
$5 nonmembers.

Photo ©Glenn Livermore

This SUNDAY Ipswich Ale Brewery's tapmobile returns ( and so does James! ) for the Vintage Base Ball double-header . We couldn't be more excited!!!!!

Join us
Lowell BBC vs Portsmouth Rockinghams
First pitch at noon.

Free to Historic New England members
$5 nonmembers.

Photo ©Glenn Livermore

Exciting news to share about the 2021 season.The Coffin House  located just down the road from Spencer - Peirce-Little F...
07/01/2021

Exciting news to share about the 2021 season.

The Coffin House located just down the road from Spencer - Peirce-Little Farm will be open EVERY Saturday until October 16th.
Our first day open this year will be this Saturday July 3rd.
Guided tours are on the hour from 11:00am to 4:00pm.
Advanced tickets are required.
For tickets and more information:
https://my.historicnewengland.org/11768/11900

Tickets for guided tours of Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm can be found on the link below - if you would like to tour the two locations on the same Saturday!
https://my.historicnewengland.org/11702/12565

Exciting news to share about the 2021 season.

The Coffin House located just down the road from Spencer - Peirce-Little Farm will be open EVERY Saturday until October 16th.
Our first day open this year will be this Saturday July 3rd.
Guided tours are on the hour from 11:00am to 4:00pm.
Advanced tickets are required.
For tickets and more information:
https://my.historicnewengland.org/11768/11900

Tickets for guided tours of Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm can be found on the link below - if you would like to tour the two locations on the same Saturday!
https://my.historicnewengland.org/11702/12565

Oh Betty...It's so hard to say goodbye to you, love.Many of you know Betty's story, but if you didn't have a chance to m...
06/29/2021

Oh Betty...
It's so hard to say goodbye to you, love.
Many of you know Betty's story, but if you didn't have a chance to meet her, Betty's most notable feature was her missing back leg. She was brought to us in 2008 from the MSPCA at Nevins Farm as a recent amputee, the result of severe neglect and an infected broken bone. Amputation in sheep is unusual and they do not often thrive as tripods. Amesbury Animal Hospital took the chance on the surgery, and we were told she would be with us for two years if we were lucky. We had her for thirteen.
She was wary, wiry, and FAST when we first met her. She was the hardest sheep to catch, darting in for a treat and then flying away, always suspecting a plot. And who could blame her? Humans had not proven themselves trustworthy.
But as the years went by, Betty began to slow down, and we began to see an unexpected sweetness in her. She welcomed babies Hugo and Comet as an unofficial inter-species aunt, keeping their mothers calm and patiently tolerating (and sometimes enjoying) their antics as they grew. When she could no longer walk, her friends made a special sled and pulled her out into the green grass so she could still be part of the herd.
Betty went fiercely into the universe last night with her head on the lap of her old friend Bethany Groff Dorau with a mouthful of treats from site manager Madison Vlass and tears and pats and a final portrait from Sara Willman-Laplante, who has been a friend of Betty Girl since she took her first beautiful portrait years ago. She has been tended by a team of wonderful, dedicated volunteers and staff, and loved by Arleen Shea and her kiddo crew.
Betty had developed an abscess in her jaw, and was losing what little weight she had. She was always such a fighter, and we knew that even though she was still bright-eyed, curious, and rested her beautiful face in our hands when we patted her, it was time to help her let go.
We had so much more time with you than we could have hoped, dear Betty, and somehow it is still nowhere near enough. Thank you for all the lessons of your long, beautiful life.

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is open weekends until October 17th.Guided tours from 11:00 am to 4:00pm Saturdays and Sunday...
06/28/2021

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is open weekends until October 17th.

Guided tours from 11:00 am to 4:00pm Saturdays and Sundays.
Tours on the hour.

Advanced tickets are required.
For more information and tickets:
https://my.historicnewengland.org/11702/12565

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is open weekends until October 17th.

Guided tours from 11:00 am to 4:00pm Saturdays and Sundays.
Tours on the hour.

Advanced tickets are required.
For more information and tickets:
https://my.historicnewengland.org/11702/12565

Hello Friends!Vintage Base Ball is BACK at Spencer-Peirce- Little Farm and we could not be more excited!We had a fantast...
06/24/2021

Hello Friends!

Vintage Base Ball is BACK at Spencer-Peirce- Little Farm and we could not be more excited!
We had a fantastic turn out last weekend - and this weekend's weather looks just as wonderful.

Sunday June 27th
Join us at noon for the first pitch.
The Lynn Live Oaks will be playing a double-header against the Lowell BBC.

The game is grass field seating - so please bring chairs or blankets.
Game is weather permitting.
Pack up a lunch and bring the whole family for a great afternoon of vintage base ball.

Historic New England members - free.
Nonmembers- $5
Tickets are available at the gate.
Presale tickets:
https://my.historicnewengland.org/12664/spl-baseball-4

We can't wait to see you Sunday! Huzzah!

Photo © Jennie Lynch

Hello Friends!

Vintage Base Ball is BACK at Spencer-Peirce- Little Farm and we could not be more excited!
We had a fantastic turn out last weekend - and this weekend's weather looks just as wonderful.

Sunday June 27th
Join us at noon for the first pitch.
The Lynn Live Oaks will be playing a double-header against the Lowell BBC.

The game is grass field seating - so please bring chairs or blankets.
Game is weather permitting.
Pack up a lunch and bring the whole family for a great afternoon of vintage base ball.

Historic New England members - free.
Nonmembers- $5
Tickets are available at the gate.
Presale tickets:
https://my.historicnewengland.org/12664/spl-baseball-4

We can't wait to see you Sunday! Huzzah!

Photo © Jennie Lynch

Celeste, our earless, bearded princess goat, passed away on Monday with a mouthful of blueberry muffin and a smile on he...
06/03/2021

Celeste, our earless, bearded princess goat, passed away on Monday with a mouthful of blueberry muffin and a smile on her face. She had been in hospice care at the home of regional site administrator Bethany Groff Dorau for what was intended to be several weeks and turned into almost a year. She was relentlessly and committedly alive, refusing to go gently into the night, despite her extremely advanced age and a tumor in her jaw.
Celeste came to the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in 2015, already an old goat. She was in rough shape, the most obvious indication of the neglect she had suffered in the stumps of her frostbitten ears and twisted hooves. Nonetheless, she was the first in line for treats, attention, or escape missions to greener pastures. She was the welcoming committee for new friends, animal or human.
While in hospice care, she taught a young pet goat, who had been raised in a suburb, how to be a goat, pushing him into the woods to taste new leaves and shrubs and showing him the best scratching spots. In the last two weeks of her life, she adopted a new charge, Dunkel, an infant goat rescued from a terrible situation, teaching him her last life lessons. She was an Alpine, a dairy breed, so it is possible she had many babies before she came to us. In any case, she was uncharacteristically patient and gentle with Dunkel.
Celeste was not known for her patience. She was a lady of strong opinions and the boss of much larger sheep and goats, even in advanced age. She would get the food she wanted by nipping at ears, but since she had no front teeth left, she just gummed her neighbors until they left her their share, and then she waggled her tongue triumphantly in their direction. Celeste's outsize personality included real, deep, kindness, and she was the one who would stay near a person or animal who was sad or struggling. It was our pleasure to be there for her at the end of her long and remarkable life. We love you, Queen Celeste. You really were heavenly.
Many thanks to Glenn Livermore for capturing her smile.

Celeste, our earless, bearded princess goat, passed away on Monday with a mouthful of blueberry muffin and a smile on her face. She had been in hospice care at the home of regional site administrator Bethany Groff Dorau for what was intended to be several weeks and turned into almost a year. She was relentlessly and committedly alive, refusing to go gently into the night, despite her extremely advanced age and a tumor in her jaw.
Celeste came to the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in 2015, already an old goat. She was in rough shape, the most obvious indication of the neglect she had suffered in the stumps of her frostbitten ears and twisted hooves. Nonetheless, she was the first in line for treats, attention, or escape missions to greener pastures. She was the welcoming committee for new friends, animal or human.
While in hospice care, she taught a young pet goat, who had been raised in a suburb, how to be a goat, pushing him into the woods to taste new leaves and shrubs and showing him the best scratching spots. In the last two weeks of her life, she adopted a new charge, Dunkel, an infant goat rescued from a terrible situation, teaching him her last life lessons. She was an Alpine, a dairy breed, so it is possible she had many babies before she came to us. In any case, she was uncharacteristically patient and gentle with Dunkel.
Celeste was not known for her patience. She was a lady of strong opinions and the boss of much larger sheep and goats, even in advanced age. She would get the food she wanted by nipping at ears, but since she had no front teeth left, she just gummed her neighbors until they left her their share, and then she waggled her tongue triumphantly in their direction. Celeste's outsize personality included real, deep, kindness, and she was the one who would stay near a person or animal who was sad or struggling. It was our pleasure to be there for her at the end of her long and remarkable life. We love you, Queen Celeste. You really were heavenly.
Many thanks to Glenn Livermore for capturing her smile.

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5 Littles Ln
Newbury, MA
01951-1802

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The Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is one of thirty-seven properties owned by Historic New England, the oldest and largest regional heritage organization in the nation. We save and share historic homes, open space, collections, and stories from the past to today. Learn more at HistoricNewEngland.org.

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is a family-friendly National Historic Landmark with activities for all ages. The 230-acre site includes a 1690 manor house that served as the country seat of wealthy Newburyport merchants and an attached farmhouse that was home to a Lithuanian family for most of the twentieth century. Take a tour or come to one of the farm’s many outdoor events, including Vintage Base Ball from May to October.

Thursday – Sunday

June 1 – October 15

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I enjoyed touring the house yesterday! Thank you.
The animals and the facilities.
CATCHING SOME RAYS. Nov 24
FARM DRIVE. Oct 22
LUNCHTIME. Oct 22 noon
SPENCE R PIERCE LITTLE IN THE Globe REAL ESTATE Sunday. May 27
MY FRIENDS. Aug 10 I missed my farm buddies so Martha and I drove up this afternoon
GREETING HIS FANS. Aug 10
TAKING HIS LUNCH BREAK Aug 10
Just left the 1pm tour . Susan was our guide ,and she was great ! Give her a raise ! :-)
Just a peek!