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The Thornton Burgess Society
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East Sandwich Game Farm

Since 1996, the Thornton W. Burgess Society has been the stewards of the State-owned East Sandwich Game Farm property.  Through a cooperative management agreement with the Division of Fisheries and Wildlife, the Society cares for and maintains this pristine 133 acre site located just off Route 6A in East Sandwich.  At the Game Farm you will find an abundance of wildlife surrounded by salt marsh, fresh water ponds, uplands, lowlands, fields and forests.  The Game Farm abuts Talbotís Point Conservation Area.  Together these two conservation areas offer over 245 acres of open space.  The Society uses the Game Farm as a site for its environmental education programming throughout the year. 

                                                                                                            Don Fleet - Fleetwood Photography
 Summer at the Game Farm

A Rich History:  For over 60 years, the state annually raised 3,500 quails and 15,000 pheasants on this property for distribution throughout the Commonwealth.  Due to budget cutbacks, this operation was closed in 1987.  In the early 17th and 18th century, this land was used as a shipyard making both one and two masted vessels.  There is a very ancient trench that was used for hauling the logs out of the woods to the site of the shipyard.  There is also evidence that this area was used as a prominent native American settlement prior to its use as farmland for white settlers.  An extremely high tide back in the late 1980's exposed a circle of burnt stones believed to be a native American campfire in the beach embankment. 

There are several trails on the property which are maintained entirely by volunteers.  Over the years, the Society has invested a tremendous amount of resources in the cleanup of the Game Farm.  Buildings and pens were demolished, fields that were overgrown are now mowed, and walking trails now lead visitors throughout the site.  In 2006, a state grant initiative allowed for the restoration of over 10 acres of salt marsh.  This re-established salt water flow to an area that had been used as a man-made pond for 50 years.  It is inspiring to see Mother Natureís influence in just a few short years as the ecosystem has been restored. 

The property is open to the public dawn to dusk.  While dogs are welcome, we ask that you clean-up after them.  We are always looking for new volunteers to help care for this special place.  Clean-up days are Tuesdays and Saturdays at 8:00 a.m.  Please contact Ed Houlihan at 508-833-9144 or via email at ed@thorntonburgess.org if you are interested in helping out our wonderful volunteer crew. 

With Thanks!

Recently a 21" diameter branch broke off a massive white pine at the Game Farm.  The remaining part of the 60' tree was leaning over the bathroom building used for school and TWBS field trips.  Game Farm volunteers contacted the Forest Keepers Tree Care Company who agreed to take the threatening tree down before a forecast storm.  A crew of three from Forest Keepers removed the tree, carefully cutting and lowering each section to the ground with no damage to the bathroom.  They did this without charge.  We admire their professional skills and we thank them for their community-minded generosity.

Meet some of our dedicated volunteers who work tirelessly to maintain the Game Farm for the public's enjoyment.

Chet Wolfe

John Waring & Ed Houlihan

Clif Wolfe

Fishing at Fisherman's Landing









Thornton W. Burgess Society
6 Discovery Hill Road
East Sandwich, MA 02537