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

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