Group Tours at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm (1690)

Four centuries on the farm

A National Historic Landmark

The 230-acre Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm includes a late seventeenth-century manor house that served as the country seat of wealthy Newburyport merchants and an attached farmhouse that was home to a Lithuanian farm family for most of the twentieth century. The site also fosters farm animals in partnership with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

Visit friendly sheep, goats, chickens, and a horse throughout the year. Learn about life on a farm over the centuries through guided tours and hands-on activities. Pump water from the well outside the kitchen or sit in a horsehair-covered rocking chair and look through a stereo-viewer in the nineteenth-century parlor. Explore nature trails and enjoy a picnic under ancient maple trees.


5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.

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Specialty Tours

We are happy to work with you to customize your experience.

  • Guided House Tour: Enjoy an approximately one-hour guided tour; please allow one and a half hours for your visit.
  • Behind the Scenes: Add the 1775 barn and the manor house attic, with graffiti and carvings from the early 1800s, not on view during the guided house tour.
  • Farm Hands: Meet three centuries of farm owners and workers. Learn about the farm before the house, and take a tractor ride through the vast fields. Peak inside our 1775 barn, not usually open to the public, and see an evolution of farm tools.
  • Rum Rations and Revolution: Enjoy a lecture on the storied life of Offin Boardman, sea captain and Revolutionary privateer, and a private rum tasting and history in the 1775 barn.

  • Early Newbury Century Excursion Tour: See three seventeenth-century houses in one day. Start at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, a 1690 manor house where wealthy Newburyport merchants and tenant farmers lived and farmed the land through seven generations. Enjoy lunch at the farm on picnic tables next to our lovely farm animals. Next, go up the street to Coffin House (1678) to experience how one family lived for three centuries. Lastly, a few houses down, Swett-Ilsley House (c. 1670) is an example of a combined commercial and home site, and was once a seventeenth-century tavern and an early twentieth-century tea house.

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