Going to the poor farm

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About a month ago here in Westport, the Trustees of Reservations reopened the historic Town Farm, where, in exchange for labor, needy residents were given food and shelter. From 1824 to 1956, the 40-acre farm was home to everyone from the sick and the elderly to vagrants and abandoned children.

The Town Farm was recently restored for community use, and there’s now a quiet 1-mile trail that winds around the barn and through the fields. It offers a lovely view of Westport River and would also, had the weather been a bit nicer when I visited, have made a great picnic spot. Alas there’s a cold front all along the East Coast, and I’ll be going back to New York tomorrow…

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