Located at 542 North Broadway in Haverhill, MA, historic Tattersall Farm offers:
- Community garden plots
- 19th century plantings
- Working hay-fields
- Rolling hills
- Wooded trails for walking, jogging and cross-country skiing
Built in 1757
The Tattersall Farm was owned and operated by the Tattersall Family for a substantial portion of the twentieth century. The surviving family member, Mary Alice Tattersall died in 1999. Her Will entrusted the family's 150-acre farm to the City of Haverhill, imposing specific conservation and open space preservation restrictions to this gift so that the Tattersall Farm would be preserved and maintained in as close to its present state of condition as possible. At the same time, she granted the Farm's managerial rights to the Tattersall Farm Charitable Foundation Trust, which is obligated to preserve the Tattersall Farm, to protect its wildlife and conservation interests, and to inform and educate persons on matters relating to farming and environmental conservation.
TATTERSALL FARM HISTORY
Christopher and Annie Tattersall purchased the farm property of 85 acres at 542 North Broadway, in the west part of Haverhill, MA, in 1898 and established an active dairy. In later years, further up and across the road, 66 acres were added to the farm, known as John’s Woods. According to records at the Haverhill Public Library, the farm house was built in 1757 and was owned by the Haseltine family until its purchase by the Tattersalls. Christopher, born in 1867, was the son of Thomas Tattersall, born in Ireland, 1816?, and Bridget Glennon, born in Ireland, 1840. His father, Thomas, appears in the census of 1870, age 56, living in Danville, VT. His mother, Bridget, appears in the census of 1880, age 40, widow, living in Haverhill, MA. Thomas and Bridget had 6 children, Sarah J., Thomas H., Christopher F., Mary E., Harriet, and John. They lived in Danville, VT, it appears until after Thomas’ death, when the family came to Haverhill, MA. Christopher and his brother, Thomas H., were teamsters and horse salesmen in Haverhill. Christopher married Annie B. Jones who lived on Cedar Street in Haverhill. They had four sons and four daughters, Francis, 1898-1949, Mary Alice, 1900-1999, Harriet, 1903-1997, Annie, 1904-1908, Thomas, 1906-1980, John, 1908-1997, Edward, 1910, and Helen, 1911-1991. Annie and Edward died quite young, Annie at 4 and Edward at 1 month.
Francis joined his father in running the dairy. Thomas lived and worked in New York City and Washington, DC. He was employed by the U.S. Government. He was the only sibling to marry and at the time of his death was a widower. The three sisters, Mary Alice, Harriett, and Helen, all became much beloved elementary school teachers in Haverhill and Methuen schools. John was in an aviation squadron in the early 30’s, later joined the Merchant Marines and traveled all over the world.
Christopher passed away in 1932 after a short illness; his wife, Annie, passed away in 1933. Francis continued to run the dairy until his sudden death in 1949. John left the Merchant Marines and returned home to maintain the farm in its hay production.
John and his sisters enjoyed the pastoral beauty of their property, taking pride in the landscaping and general upkeep. They were very social folk and often invited people to visit and have tea. In their later years, it was the wishes of them all that the property remain as a farm. In 1999, Mary Alice, being the last surviving family member, fulfilled this wish in her will, leaving the property in a trust (Tattersall Farm Charitable Foundation Trust), to the city of Haverhill, MA, to be managed under the auspices of a 7-member Board of Trustees.
Tattersall in the News!
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Click <Here> for the Haverhill Life article.
Tattersall from the Air!
Help Us Name Our Fields!
Our fields need names! We would love it if you could help us name our fields. It will be alot simpler for us to describe what field we are talking about if we don’t have to say stuff like, “You know, the field that has irises in the springtime.”
We invite you to download the map, walk around, and let us know if any names occur to you. Then email your ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org. Include the field area number, your thoughts about possible field names, a few sentences or a paragraph describing your choices, your name, your age and phone number.
Please make submissions by June 1st 2017.
Thank you for your help!
Tattersall Farm 542 North Broadway, Haverhill, MA 01832-12222