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“A great Find, A Place that was in my backyard growing up in Ayer” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Fruitlands Museums

Fruitlands Museums
Harvard, MA
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Ranked #1 of 4 things to do in Harvard
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Owner description: This complex comprises four separate museums, showcasing Transcendentalists, Shakers, Native Americans and American paintings.
Wolcott, Connecticut
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“A great Find, A Place that was in my backyard growing up in Ayer”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013 via mobile

The Fruitlands Museum has been on my list of places to visit for >50 years, finally took the time to stop. A delight in the Nashoba Valley, a place to put a little perspective on those early settlers to this area.

Open space for hiking, an Art Gallery, sculpture in the open, a wonderful learning experience for both the Eastern Native Americans and the Shaker settlement, a delightful Cafe to enjoy and relax - perhaps a Sunday Brunch next trip.

Another trip later this year to see other things I've missed in New England, now the Fruitlands Museum is also a must stop along with the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA.

Visited June 2013
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Acton, MA
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“This place has something for everyone”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2013

If you are a fan of any of the Concord-based literary giants of the nineteenth century, then you know that a group of them went to live together in a commune (!) called Fruitlands. I believe Louisa May Alcott, who came here as a child, referred to it as "Apple Slump". Although the experiment only lasted nine months, it had a big impact on the American perspective. Don't miss this gem of a property, now a series of museums and trails.

View the house where they lived and explore the other museum buildings which include Transcendentalist artifacts, Native American arts, and other collections.

The views here are absolutely lovely and there are delightful walking trails for short hikes or longer jaunts. There is an attractive gift shop. Many also enjoy the elegant meals served indoors and also in the screened outdoor area. Bring the family and make a day of it! I also like the nearby Oxbow sanctuary and its enormous beaver dams.

Visited September 2012
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Boston, Massachusetts
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“4 Museums, a great cafe, & hikes!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Named for the short-lived utopian community founded by Bronson Alcott, Fruitlands consists of 4 museums: the Alcott farmhouse, a Shaker building & small display from the nearby Harvard Shaker village (not open the public), a Native American museum, & an art gallery. Each building is staffed with a docent with fascinating info to impart. The cafe is now run by Gibbet Hill: good food served in a venue with a spectacular view. Great gift shop where one buys entry tickets with a limited ticket for hiking only on the grounds.

Visited August 2012
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Lincoln, MA
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“Delightful Country Outing”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2012

The small house sized museums are well done and the interpreters are well informed and helpful. The woodsy walk is easy and fun with lots of contemporary art works scattered along the way. And the house and gardens are a delight for any age to explore. Good food in the restaurant and the view is fabulous.

Visited June 2012
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Marlborough, Massachusetts
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“Beautiful place, well worth the visit.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2012

The Fruitlands Museum is a beautiful place overlooking the Wahchusett Valley. Time seems to stop here while you enjoy the museums, nature and art placed throughout the property. The restaurant is also very good for lunch. My husband and I were also married here September 2011 and really loved the venue.

Visited September 2012
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