Blog : Field Day at Creek Farm in Portsmouth

By Katelyn | Sep 9, 2015 | in

The Society for the Protection of N.H. Forests (Forest Society) will host a free field day to explore the Creek Farm Reservation on Little Harbor Road on Sunday, Sept. 13.

The Creek Farm Reservation is a 35-acre conservation area with frontage on the tidal Sagamore Creek, kayaking access and a loop trail system well suited for family outings.

The field day event begins at 9 a.m. with a guided bird walk, followed by a nature hike at 10:30. At noon, kayaks will be available for tours of Sagamore Creek. Snacks will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring a picnic lunch. Afternoon activities include a local history talk about Creek Farm, an invasive plant species walk at 2 p.m. with local naturalist Skye Maher, and an archaeology talk at 3 p.m. by local archaeologist Martha Pinello.

The Forest Society conserved Creek Farm in 2000 thanks to a generous bargain sale and gifts from numerous donors. The property includes Goose Island and 1,125 feet of shoreline on Sagamore Creek. It is open to the public for passive recreation, and hosts part of a 1.5-mile loop trail that also crosses state and city-owned land.

The Creek Farm land was once part of the 18th-century farm of royal Gov. Benning Wentworth. The existing main house and grounds were created for Arthur Astor Carey, a leader in New England’s cultural and artistic life, in 1888. Creek Farm became a focal point for artists summering on the Seacoast and also hosted delegates to the Portsmouth Peace Treaty.

The Creek Farm Field Day event, which will focus on the grounds rather than the buildings, is free and no registration is necessary. For more information, click here or call 224-9945.