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More than 1,000 people voted, and the winner of Historic New England’s first-ever Museum Madness contest is…Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, Massachusetts. The farm attracted 31% of the votes spread among thirty-six Historic New England museum properties.
Runners-up included Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, in Gloucester, Massachusetts (13%); Roseland Cottage in Woodstock, Connecticut (7%); Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts (6%); and Hamilton House in South Berwick, Maine (5%).
The 230-acre Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm includes a 1690 manor house, one of only two seventeenth-century stone houses that survive in New England. More than 35,000 people visit the farm each year for tours, festivals, summer camps, and Vintage Base Ball games played with 1880s rules. They also visit a friendly collection of animals, which Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm fosters in partnership with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.
Historic New England invests significant resources in the care of the buildings and landscapes of Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm. This year, a major priority is caring for the trees that line Little’s Lane, which leads from Route 1A to the farm.
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