We drove to the Field Farm in Williamstown on Wednesday to walk the trails alongside its splendid fields of mown hay. The sun was shining (oh happy day). And we were feeling in harmony with all this open land and the woods that surround it and the mountains of purple and soft browns.
Down past the modern cottage you can rent for a weekend and alongside the pond where beavers had built two lodges along the bank and overlapping the trail. We didn’t see any beaver. I think they’re pretty much nocturnal.
The farm’s fields are vast and make up 80 of the property’s 316 acres. Since the mid-1980s the property was given to the Trustees of Reservations by Eleanor Bloedel, the widow of Lawrence Bloedel, who was a noted art collector and the librarian of Williams College. Their art went to the Williams art museum and to the Whitney in Manhattan.
Any field worthy of the name deserves a hedgerow. This one – I’d call it a double hedgerow – separates the main field from a large one to the west. Below is a cottage the Bloedels built after his discharge from the Army after World War II. They called it the Folly. You used to be able to stay there for the weekend. Now it is open for tours. It’s pictured below in this shot taken from the Trustees of Reservations’ web page.