Deborah and Roger Richardson Nature Preserve

A house built around 1706 by the original settlers of this land, Benajah and Lydia Barrows, still stands on this property, along with 5 acres of hayfields and traces of outbuildings which were used for agricultural purposes and the manufacture of wood products. A loop trail circles through forest, field, and wetland, with a side trail leading past a vernal pool out to Wilmarth Street.

Exhibits along the trails describe the human history and natural features of this preserve.

Location 577B Wilmarth Street, Attleboro
Size 63 acres
Acquisition Date June 20, 2016
Major Donors

Thomas and Stephen Richardson

Commonwealth of Massachusetts (LAND Grant)

LLoyd G. Balfour Foundation

Bafflin Foundation

Attleboro Conservation Commission

Fields Pond Foundation

Tim O'Neill

Ted and Debby Leach

Roddy Holden Kintzel Charitable Fund

John Carroll and Midge Gordon

Don and Laura Ouellette

Fred M. Roddy Foundation

Robert and Pamela Faulkner

Fredric J Hammerle

Map Deborah and Roger Richardson Nature Preserve Map (PDF)
Public Access Trails begin behind parking area on Wilmarth Street. Charlie Wyman Loop Trail (0.7 mile) markers are blue. Vernal Pool Side Trail (0.1 mile) markers are red.
Directions Directions to Richardson Preserve (PDF)

Richardson Pics

View of Barrows House from Wilmarth Street    Image credit: C Adler

This Great Spangled Fritillary butterfly was observed near the Barrows House in June, 2016.    Image credit: C Adler

The Upper Hayfield at the Richardson Preserve.    Image credit: C Adler

Richardson Posts

Construction at the Richardson Preserve
Construction of a gravel parking lot near the street at the Richardson Nature Preserve has been in the planning stages ...
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Cleaning up after a storm
Severe winds have taken their toll on land trust properties in recent years, and we are surveying our lands now ...
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Boughs of holly festoon the Richardson Preserve
After 24 hours of rain, sleet, and snow, the Richardson Nature Preserve glistened on the morning of December 18, 2019.  ...
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BIG READ, little houses
by Sharon Tenglin This year, Attleboro residents read In the Heart of the Sea by Nathaniel Philbrick for Attleboro’s 1ABC ...
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Fairy House Exhibit During Big Read Event on October 5
 Make a Port side Fairy House For the Attleboro Land Trust Big Read Fairy House Exhibit Saturday, October 5 Deborah ...
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Behold the Beauty of Trees on September 14
Guided Walk:  Beholding the Beauty of Trees
Location:  Deborah and Roger Richardson Nature Preserve, 577B Wilmarth Street, Attleboro
Time:  9:00 ...
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Guided Walk on July 13: The History of Barrows Farm
Guided Walk:  The History of Barrows Farm Location:  Deborah and Roger Richardson Nature Preserve, 577B Wilmarth Street, Attleboro Time:  9:00 ...
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Sensata Team Makes a Difference at Richardson Preserve
A team of Sensata employees returned to the Richardson Preserve on May 23 to install 270 linear feet of split-rail ...
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Seasonal Changes Bring Colorful Displays to the Richardson Preserve
Each week brings changes to the Richardson Preserve, some from native plants that are flowering, others from plants cultivated by ...
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Barrows House Offers View Into Attleboro History
Bill Lewis got involved with the Deborah and Roger Richardson Preserve through serving as a site steward along with other ...
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