Waters Farm- Sutton, MA
site by Alive & Dreaming Designs
Waters Farm, a hilltop homestead built in 1757 by Stephen Waters, listed on the National Register of Historic Places, is located in Sutton, Massachusetts overlooking beautiful Lake Manchaug.
With stunning views of the lake, barns, outbuildings, and pristine farmland, Waters Farm offers visitors a rare glimpse of 19th century New England farm life at its best.
Waters Farm is 120 acres of watershed land given to the Town of Sutton by Dorothea Waters Moran in 1974. Her cousin, Bud Gurney, also of Sutton, was the founder of Waters Farm Preservation Inc. and served as the President until his death in 2007. Bud was very humble about his role in this, always recognizing the wonderful team that made it happen. Once of his favorite sayings was that "There is no "i" in "team" and that was an understatement.
Not only did we lose Bud. Over the past two years, we have seen the passing of dedicated volunteers that devoted hundreds of hours to Waters Farm. A few of those very dear friends are Bob Anderson, Paul Burrows, Bill Gustafson, Lee Knowton, and John Sinacola. While they can never be replaced, we are blessed to have new volunteers coming forward to fill some of the voids.
If you are interested in helping, please contact Ken, Pat, Pam or any volunteer or board member. We welcome any assistance that you can provide. Some of the recently filled roles include education coordinator, education committee members, writers for the Cultivator, engine & tractor show organizer, tractor pull organizer, web designer, host a community garden and much, much more. With the launching of the education program, approximately 40 volunteers are needed. The time commitment is very modest -- just a few hours -- and training will be provided.
Our house committee has spent most of a year working on the 1st floor and the 2nd floor halls. The farmhouse has been open for tours during the summer events. We have also received donated furniture and household items from Waters family members who have recently passed away as well as farm equipment from a local family. If you haven't been to Waters Farm recently, please be sure to stop by. And, if you like to paint, let the girls know!More than three years after Bud's passing, Waters Farm continues to thrive. We have expanded our event schedule, have an active 12-member board -- many of the members serving in excess of 20 years -- with well-attended open meetings where all are welcomed. At Waters Farm, everyone has an opportunity to be involved and voice their opinion