Location: Between Washington Road and Rosedale Avenue, accessed via right-of-way on Rosedale Avenue at Sherwood Lane

Tax Assessor’s Plat #14 Lots #8 and 11

Document: Book #223, Pages # 651-654, and Book #247, pages #204-207 – Barrington Town Hall

Acquisition: Land donated by Joseph Francis, 1/93 and 12/93

Purpose of donation: To be kept in its natural state, “that (the Trust”) will not make any further subdivision nor erect or maintain any structures”

Property description: Red maple swamp. About 45 acres.

Management: Checking along the margins for yard debris, etc.; Neighborhood letters will probably be helpful in educating neighbors to avoid such activity. Bittersweet vine needs pulling down often on Rosedale Ave. border.

History:   The BLCT was given two large parcels to add on to the town property on the north side from donor Joseph Francis.

  • The first tax records in 1923 show that Tall Cedars was once owned by Frederick S. Peck.
  • 1635 Peck Family ownership dates back to original Barrington founder family of the Mass Bay colony and Barrington.
  • The Pecks owned a large part of the northern part of Barrington, including water gardens that is now conservation land owned by the town.
  • Sometime between 1939 and 1945, the land was given to the Palestine Temple, Ancient Arabic Order Nobles of the Mystic Shrine(a masonic group).
  • In 1964 it was sold to Vero Properties, Inc.
  • In 1968 the town acquired it. There was a building on the property that was used on several occasions in the early 1960’s by the Barrington Junior Women’s Club for fund raising carnivals, including a ferris wheel and other circus rides. The town took down the building, and now the whole area is zoned conservation.