Explore the Farm

“I’ve lived here my whole life and had never been to the farm. I am kicking myself for it now!”

Whether you are a Cape Cod native, a wash-ashore or are vacationing on the Cape, a visit to Taylor-Bray Farm is well worthwhile. The Farm has been
here since the days of the Plymouth Colony so needless to say, there is history here. But that’s not all, take a look around; there’s a lot to see and do

Visitors' Guide

Take a tour of the farm.
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c1783 Samuel Taylor Farmhouse

Start at the late 18th century Taylor farmhouse. The house was built by Samuel Taylor after he returned from service in the Revolutionary War. The house has recently been renovated and furnished with period pieces. The house will be open Saturdays from 10 AM to Noon until the Fall festival in October.

There are picnic tables near the farmhouse should you like to use them.

Samuel Taylor Farmhouse - c1783

The Animals

We have animals. It is a farm, after all. The friendliest animals have to be Rusty and Dusty, our goats.  Chloe is our Scottish Highland cow, reclining  in the far pasture. Despite her size, she is quite gentle but with those long horns, you don’t want to get too close. Maybe some day, you’ll get a ride in the donkey cart we’re training Sam and Nestor to pull. We have a flock of chickens too. And of course, there are the sheep. Come visit all of them. 

Any time is a good time to come. An especially good time is spring when the new lambs arrive.

The Boardwalk and Black Falts Marsh

After you have seen the animals, walk out the boardwalk into Black Flats Marsh. The view into the marsh is largely what Richard and Ruth Taylor saw when they first came to this isolated farm in 1639. The Chapin Beach dunes are to the west or left and beyond them, Cape Cod Bay. The Town of Dennis, once part of Yarmouth, is on the far side of Chase Garden Creek and the marsh. In the spring or summer, you may see osprey nesting on a platform in the marsh about 100 yards to the north of the boardwalk.

Festivals

The best times to visit the farm are during one of our annual festivals. 

The Sheep Festival is in June. Watch our sheep being sheared and Border Collies herd the sheep. In October, enjoy the Fall Festival for hayrides, cider and pumpkins. In December, come to the farm for your Christmas tree and other holiday goodies.

History

While this area has been a farm for almost four centuries, it has been inhabited far longer than that. Recent archaeological work revealed that the site has been seasonally inhabited for as much as 10,000 years. That work greatly enhanced our knowledge of the early farm, its residents and the native people who have inhabited the area for so long. No further fieldwork is planned for the near future. Visit the Archaeology page to learn more about the project and the history that was revealed.

 

As you can see, there is a lot to do at the Farm, so come visit.
The farm is open seven days a week from dawn to dusk.

There is no admission fee at the farm although donations for the care of the animals
and the maintenance of the buildings and grounds are greatly appreciated.

Taylor-Bray Farm Preservation Association
P.O. Box 66 – 108 Bray Farm Road North, Yarmouth Port, MA 02675