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Greenwood Farm, Ipswich

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Greenwood Farm is a historic property and nature reserve located in Ipswich, Massachusetts, which is owned by The Trustees of Reservations. It features the Paine (or Paine-Dodge) House, a First Period farmhouse constructed in 1694.
In 1640, Robert Paine arrived in America and received a grant of land along the salt marshes at Jeffrey's Neck, near Ipswich, MA.
In 1642, Richard Smith arrived in America and obtained farm land adjacent to that of Robert Paine. In 1694, Robert Paine had a salt-box style house constructed on his property, not far from the Ipswich River. In 1702, Daniel Smith, grandson of Richard Smith, and son of Richard Smith II married his neighbor, Elizabeth Paine, granddaughter of Robert Paine, and daughter of Robert Paine II. Partly as a dower, and partly in consideration of Daniel's promise to provide lifelong care for Robert Paine II's infirm son (John Paine), Robert deeded the salt-box house and much of the Paine farmland to Daniel Smith, effective in 1703. Ownership of the Paine house thereby passed to the Smith family, and the deeded land expanded the land the Smiths already owned. Elizabeth Paine died in 1717. In 1722 Daniel Smith married Deborah Willcomb. The Smith land and the land and house that had once belonged to the Paines remained in the possession of the Smith/Willcomb descendants for five generations.
Greenwood Farm Reservation is named for Thomas Smith Greenwood, born in 1807 to Ruth Smith and Thomas Greenwood. Ruth Smith died from complications of childbirth, and Thomas Smith Greenwood was left in the care of Smith relatives. As a youth, Thomas Smith Greenwood went to sea, but when he was a young adult he returned to live at the farm (which at that time was known as Hickory Farm or Hickory Grove Farm). Thomas married Paulina Adams Thurlow, and raised their family of seven children in a large house built circa 1828, not far from the 1694 house built by Robert Paine. Greenwood acquired ownership of additional parcels of land, including the area known as Diamond Stage, expanding the farm to well over 300acre, but did not inherit legal ownership of the basic farm lands and buildings until 1870, when his uncle Daniel Smith died.
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  • We stumbled across this and really enjoyed it. The walk is easy and gives nice views of the marsh. If you enjoy historic properties you will enjoy the Paine House.  more »
  • The setting is bucolic and the view is stunning! I took my dog for a walk and l could see plein air possibilities everywhere! I was a little nervous about wild animals lurking around!  more »
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  • Nice, short, quiet walk in Meadows. Nice views
  • Nice short trail for a walk with a dog.

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