Willow Brook Farm- Pembroke, MA


Willow Brook Farm—original purchase funded by anonymous donor – 73 acres, 1997

Fleetwood Farm—purchase funded by anonymous donor – 20 acres, 1997

Gillette-Sherman—donation by Burton Sherman & Bob Gillette – 7 acres, 1998

Missing Link—purchase funded by donors and grants – 24 acres, 2002

Slavin Donation—donation by Sharon Slavin – 3.2 acres, 2005


In August 1996, a farsighted Marshfield couple offered to fund The Trust’s acquisition of a high-quality conservation property. Staff and Board members explored 28 potential sites in 19 towns before deciding that two neighboring properties in the Herring Brook Valley on the upper reaches of the North River in Pembroke were lands of exceptional ecological, recreational, and scenic value. Thanks to the generosity of the visionary couple, who donated over one million dollars to the project, and to the willingness of the owners of the properties — Connie and Marcia Crosby at Willow Brook Farm and Leah Conathan and Jane Cohn at Fleetwood Farm —to sell at substantial discounts from the appraised values, both historic farms were acquired by the Trust.