Borderland State Park, Easton

Borderland State Park is a history and nature preserve with public recreational features located in the towns of Easton and Sharon, Massachusetts. The state park encompasses surrounding the Ames Mansion, which was built in 1910. The area was listed on the National Register of Historic Places as Borderland Historic District in 1997. It is operated by the Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation, with an appointed advisory council that participates in policy decision-making.
In 1906, Oakes Ames, a Harvard botanist (son of Massachusetts governor Oliver Ames and grandson of U.S. Representative Oakes Ames), and his wife Blanche Ames Ames (daughter of Mississippi governor Adelbert Ames, but not related to Oakes Ames), an artist and feminist, purchased land on the border of Sharon and Easton. There they built a mansion which still stands and created a nature preserve with woodland paths and roadways and man-made ponds. The family’s home, a three-story, 20-room stone mansion constructed in 1910, was built largely at the direction of Blanche Ames. Her paintings still hang on the walls and much of the original furnishings are still intact. After remaining in the family for sixty-five years, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts acquired the Borderland estate in 1971, two years after the death of Blanche Ames, and opened it as a state park.
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  • Lots to do! Walking trails for days. A tours of the Castle like house daily for free. There is a 5 dollar parking fee htat is all it will cost, Nice places all along ground for picnic, In the summer l...  more »
  • It's a lovely place to walk any time of year. Many folks walk their dogs. Other walk alone or with friends. The events/talks are also interesting.  more »
  • Always a great clean place to take the kids walking. So much to discover. They have great events like the birds of prey and mansion tours. Good place to walk your dog. I recommend investing into a parking pass since each visit costs $5. They also have a great disc golf course
  • Super fun place. Trails are nice and easy not too difficult. Lots of other activities as well. Disc golf course..!!! Dogs are allowed

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