The farm is a rare survivor of a type of property that once characterized the agricultural north side of Cape Cod. It was placed on the National Register of Historical Places in 1993.
The Taylor-Bray Farm was settled by Richard Taylor (Richard "of the Rock" to distinguish him from a contemporary Richard Taylor "the tailor") in 1639 while the area was still part of Plymouth colony. It remained in the Taylor family until 1896 when Lucy W. Taylor sold the farm to George and William Bray for $400. The property then included 50 acres of uplands and adjacent marshlands. It was maintained as a prosperous working farm by the Bray brothers until 1941. Between 1941 and the late 1980s ownership changed hands a number of times until in 1987, at the prospect of losing the farm to development, the Town of Yarmouth purchased the property.
The property now comprises a house and barn that were built circa 1780-1800, an antique shop that has been converted into a caretaker's residence, an outbuilding, five recently constructed livestock sheds, and a historic marker affixed to a large glacial erratic.
The farm is managed and maintained by a partnership between the Town of Yarmouth and the non-profit Taylor-Bray Farm Preservation Association (TBFPA).
Visit the farm. Meet Scotty and Fiona, our Scottish Highland cattle, Rusty and Dusty, our goats and Sam and Nestor, our miniature donkeys. Pick blueberries, in season, of course. Enjoy the boardwalk into the marsh. Or simply stroll the grounds.
The Farm is open all year during daylight hours. Picnic tables are available on the grounds. The farm is a wonderful place for birthday parties, reunions and other occasions. To reserve space and make other arrangements, email Don or Lynn McIntyre, or call them at 508-385-9407.
There are no fees for admission to the farm but donations are gratefully accepted. 100% of donations goes to maintenance of the farm. Of this, about 80% is for the care and feeding of the animals so donations are important to their well-being.
Membership and volunteer support of the Association is vital to our success. Join us and make an important contribution to preserving this farm's unique heritage. All membership support is directly applied to programs to restore and maintain the farm and care for the animals. As a member, you will receive progress reports and information about events through our semi-annual newsletter. Please consider supporting the farm with your membership and tax deductible donation today!
For more information about the farm contact the Association.
Read the latest edition of the farm's newsletter, Seasons at the Farm.