The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, October 1, 1999


Great Brook Farm State Park has 25th anniversary party

Where in the world could you find Smokey Bear riding in a hay wagon? Why, at Great Brook Farm, of course! On Saturday, September 18, Smokey, along with hundreds of his friends took a ride around the harvested corn fields of the park. Celebrating 25 years of state park ownership, Great Brook Farm State Park had a party!

Over 2,000 friends and guests of the "farm" enjoyed festivities ranging from apple bobbing to square dancing! One of the favorite activities of the day was a traditional old-time farm festivity—a cake walk. Over 30 cakes were given away to lucky individuals who were under the arches when the music stopped. Quilts hung in the Hart barn, handmade by Sally Palmer Fields, including the "old red school house." The State Centennial Van (painted with depictions of forest and estuary scenes) attracted over 500 children with games, leaf-rubbings and insect identification.

Six engraved cow bells were given to such distinguished guests as Representative Carol Cleven, Commissioner Peter Webber, Forest and Parks Director Todd Frederick, and even farmer Mark Duffy. Long-time resident of Carlisle and friend of the park, Al Peckham, spoke about the state acquisition of land, and Mrs. Farnham Wheeler Smith joined in clapping in time with the banjo and fiddle playing. The day concluded with the anniversary cake-cutting and talk about Farnham Wheeler Smith.

Fun was had by all. Carlisle is indeed fortunate to have this treasure of nearly 1,000 acres. Come see for yourselfthe park is open year around, sunrise to sunset, with cross-country skiing available in the winter months.

1999 The Carlisle Mosquito