Tour Witch Hill in Topsfield

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Peirce Farm at Witch Hill
The estate at historic Witch Hill will be open to the public for the Trails & Sails celebration! The home, standing atop one of the North Shore's highest elevations, has seen changes over the course of its 350+ years of service but retains its historic and agricultural charm. As one of Topsfield’s earliest homes, the foundation still includes some portion of the original 1690s farmhouse where Mary Esty’s son lived. Learn how the property earned the name “Witch Hill” in the middle of one dark night in May of 1692. We will discuss how one of Topsfield’s earliest “gentleman farmers”, Capt. Benjamin Crowninshield transformed the Esty Farm into a stylish rural country retreat and how he and others like him ushered in a trend that would help to preserve Topsfield’s historic agricultural resources for many years to come. See how railroad tycoon Col. Thomas Wentworth Peirce further enhanced the home and the stables and learn about his involvement in the Essex Agricultural Society. Join us for a tour of Witch Hill and hear how we plan on restoring and preserving this historically significant piece of the Essex National Heritage Area.

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116 Boston Street, Topsfield, MA, 01983

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Peirce Farm at Witch Hill is one mile south of the Topsfield Fairgrounds on Rte-1. From I-95, take exit 50 north on Rte-1 toward Topsfield (2 miles) to the top of the second hill. Parking is available on site.