Baiting Brook-Welch, Framingham
During the development boom following WWII, Margaret Pearmain Welch feared for the landscape in the northwest corner of Framingham. To help conserve it, she donated 87 acres of land over several years, starting in 1959, and provided the core of SVT’s first reservation beyond our original Wayland-Sudbury base.
Mrs. Welch’s generosity inspired her neighbors to make other gifts of land to SVT, which expanded the size of this reservation to its current 111 acres. Today, Baiting Brook-Welch Reservation offers a visual delight as you travel along the trails, and it provides a superb example of how the landscape of Framingham looked in decades gone by.
SVT’s purchase of Baiting Brook Woods in 1992 made it possible to re-establish trail connections between the Welch Reservation and Callahan State Park that had been severed by chain link fencing.
- The Welch gift included an agricultural field where the landowner’s close friend Penelope Turton grew organic vegetables and flowers. Stearns Farm CSA (community-supported agriculture) has continued this tradition on half of the 10-acre field. The other half is cultivated by nearby Hanson’s Farm, which also offers CSA shares.
- The past and current agricultural use of the property is evident by the stone walls in the interior and along many of the boundaries.
- The wide trails near Baiting Brook and Packard Pond were created by a former owner of the land for carriage driving.
- Interior forest bird species, including ovenbird, scarlet tanager, eastern wood-peewee, and veery, use the property for nesting.
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From the intersection of Edgell Road and Edmands Road in Framingham, follow Edmands Road west. Go 2.4 miles. The Callahan State Park parking lot and trail access is on the left.