Farandnear

Property: Farandnear

Title: About Farandnear

Description: Farandnear is an 89-acre property in Shirley, Massachusetts. In 1902, Charles E. Goodspeed (1867-1950) bought three acres of land in Shirley and built a shingle-style summer cottage to be used as a retreat for his asthmatic daughter Miriam. He named the home "Farandnear" because, at 50 miles from his home in Wollaston, it was “far” enough to require a two-day’ journey by horse to reach, but “near” enough to be a vacation home. The next three generations of Goodspeed’s family used and expanded the property, eventually creating a year-round home, a small golf course and a pine arboretum, or “pinetum" containing more than 80 species of conifers. A cranberry bog of approximately five acres is maintained to encourage habitat diversity. Goodspeed descendent Arthur Banks (1926-2011), an accomplished political scientist, inherited the property and summered at Farandnear ultimately donated the land to The Trustees.


Farandnear

Object Type: Collection

Collection and/or Series: Trustees: Our Properties

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