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  Relaxing at the Pierce House in Lincoln
Relaxing at the Pierce House in Lincoln

What to Bring

Blanket   Sunscreen
Insect repellent in summer   Hat
Sunglasses   Plastic bag for


From Boston, take I-90 West
Take 128 North and take exit 28 to Trapelo Road/Lincoln; take right at the exit on
Trapelo Road
Continue on Trapelo Road until its end in
Lincoln (5-way stop sign, Lincoln Library on the right)
Make a switchback on the left for Weston Road
Drive down for 0.2 mile and take the
entrance on right (small sign for Pierce
House on the grass); Pierce house is the
yellow mansion
Continue straight on the driveway and into the gravel parking lot slightly on the right in the clearing
  Good to know in advance
Open daily dawn to dusk

Plenty of shade under the trees in the

No restrooms
Pierce House is sometimes rented for
functions – when that happens – the green remains open for public use but the main
entrance and the parking lot are closed. In that case, go back to Weston Road, turn
right at the stop sign and park at Lincoln
Library; walk back to Pierce House and
enter the green by one of the openings in the stone wall
John H. Pierce House: 17 Weston Road
Lincoln MA 01773; Tel: 781-259-9757,
Bring back your trash
Pets on leash at all times – Clean up after
your dog

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Difficulty: 1/5
  Time from Boston: 30 minutes
  Duration: A few hours


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Located in Lincoln, barely 30 minutes from Boston, Pierce House's park is a very nice place to spend a few hours soaking the sun or reading a good book. You will barely see any one there even in the summer, and the park is scrupulously maintained without looking overly manicured.

Situated on a small hill in Lincoln's preserved environment, Pierce House's park blends the features of a large meadow, a New England green and a small wood. Landscaped to please the eye while still looking natural, this is definitely one of the quietest areas around Boston to get away from the frenzy of life.

Considering that you will probably have the place for yourself, the park gives a comfortable impression of space - like being in your own huge backyard. If you're in the mood for a bit of exercise, you can also walk around the park (there is no trail – walk across the grass): follow the stone wall up towards the main road, then turn left towards the tree line and the adjacent soccer field and come back behind the small pond near the house; you can also take the hiking trail starting at the parking lot to enter to woods.

The park is unusually clean, allowing you to stretch and lie on the grass without afterthoughts. Do your share and make sure you are not leaving anything behind when the sun sets and it is time to go back home.

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