How old is the house and may I go inside?
Job Watson purchased the 265-acre Martin property for his son Robert in 1796. It is believed that Robert Watson built the present day farmhouse in the same year. The 1796 date is carved in the stairwell and is presumed to signify the building of the dwelling. It is a two-and-a-half-story wood-frame structure that contains thirteen rooms, an enormous central chimney to accommodate six fireplaces, and a beehive oven. The house is occupied by the farm managers and is not open to the public.
What do I do when I get to Watson Farm?
Visiting Watson Farm is a great outdoor activity for families and all who wish to enjoy the pastoral landscape of a historic farm. Visitors are asked to sign in at the main barn, where a quick orientation will introduce the farm, its history, and seasonal activities currently taking place. A brochure with a map and a self-guided tour of the property is available. There are more than two miles of farm trails to hike, which lead you through scenic pastures, hayfields, and along the shoreline of Narragansett Bay. Visitors are encouraged to walk out to see the sheep and cattle grazing. Short and longer hikes are possible all with stunning views.
What animals do you have? Can I pet them?
The Watson Farm has a herd of Red Devon cattle. This is a cow calf operation so very often there are new calves to be seen. While the Devon is a gentle animal we do not encourage petting or handling of the cows.
There is also a flock of sheep on the farm. Lambing takes place in March and the lambs spend the summer grazing by their mother's side. Because of predators and the system of intensive rotational grazing use at the farm, the sheep are always confined a pasture that is electrified.
In the barnyard there are always chickens to watch and friendly barn cats.
How do I become a member of Historic New England and get more involved?
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