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Briggs-Boesch Farm, East Greenwich

East Greenwich Municipal Land Trust

Description & Overview:

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Originally purchased by John Briggs in 1672, with structures built as early as 1704 by his son Richard, the Briggs family owned and farmed in this area of East Greenwich (extending, at times, as far west as Narrow Lane) for some 180 years; the current farmhouse and the main bay of the barn are a classic example of a New England farmstead from this period. Since leaving the Briggs’ family control in 1850, the Farm has had 7 owners; most recently, the Boesch family who owned the current farm holding for almost 50 years.

With the support and assistance of the East Greenwich Town Council, our Town Manager, and the East Greenwich Planning Department, the East Greenwich Municipal Land Trust purchased the 90 acre farm in October 2001. Currently, the Briggs-Boesch Farm serves as the southern anchor of the Town's greenway system, providing publicly accessible trails throughout the property's fields and forests. The Farm is also home to Pat's Pastured, a pasture-raised livestock farm operation across much of the property that promotes sustainable farming and vegetable cultivation. This tenant farmer additionally offers periodic educational workshops and events related to agricultural activities; for more information, please visit http://www.patspastured.com.

Besides the farm fields and varied woodland, the property contains several historic structures and an historic cemetery. In June 2003 the farmstead was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Trail Safety Information
 

What's There:

Hours: sunrise to sunset, open all year

Miles of Trails: 1.9 miles

Miles of ADA Accessible Trails: None

Trail Width: Varies from 14 feet down to a typical one person footpath

Trail Rating: Moderate   Explanation

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Trail Rating Key

Easy: Trails are relatively smooth and the route is quite obvious such as a single point to point trail or an easy network of trails in an urban or suburban setting where help is always readily at hand. A map may be useful but is not necessary.

Moderate: Somewhat more strenuous trails or harder to follow trails. Trails are well-marked but following them requires a trail map and a trail map is readily available either at the site or online.

Difficult: Strenuous trails, trail systems that mostly involve multi-mile loops and trail systems where there is no available trail map or the trails are not marked.

Skiing/Snowshoeing: Yes

Are Dogs Allowed? Must be kept on leash at all times; dog owners must pick up waste.

Is Horseback Riding Permitted? No

Are Bicycles (non-motorized) Permitted? Bicycles are permitted but are not really practical to use on most trails

Is Hunting Permitted? No

Other Amenities: Picnic tables

Trailhead:

Trailhead Name: Briggs-Boesch Farm Trailhead

Coordinates: 41° 36.487' N    71° 30.396' W   See this location in: Google Maps   Acme Maps

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Acme Maps shows the trailhead located on a topographic map. The Acme Maps website is not part of ExploreRI.org.

Driving Landmarks: The trailhead is at a small parking lot, which is located approximately across from the Boesch Farm Road development on South Road. The Farm’s actual address is 830 South Road but that is a private drive; the parking lot is just down the road to the east.

Parking: Yes: Parking lot, 10 spaces, no overnight parking

ADA Accessible Parking Spaces? Yes

 

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This site report was last updated on July 12, 2017

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