Saturday, Oct 02, 2021 10:00a -
Sunday, Oct 03, 2021 3:00p
310 Argilla Road
Ipswich, MA 01938
Date Idea, History, Kid Friendly, Lectures & Conferences, Sports & Active Life
Spend a day with us in celebration of Choate Island – the crown jewel of the Crane Wildlife Refuge. Here deer and foxes roam through fields that once housed herds of sheep, and osprey fly over breathtaking views of Essex Bay. The island was first home to indigenous farmers and fishers, then to generations of the Choate family, and was later a retreat for Cornelius and Mine Crane, who loved the place so much they decided to be buried at the summit. Your day may take you on any adventure you choose, including hiking through miles of walking trails, observing wild landscapes with a fall treat in hand, hearing first-hand accounts of island life and history, and taking self-guided explorations of the historical Proctor Barn and Choate House.
Park at Crane Beach (at the end of Argilla Road) – parking will be free for this event, and board our shuttle bus to take you straight down to the boat dock (less than 5 minute drive). There you can check in (if you purchased tickets online) or buy tickets at the “door” before boarding the ferry to the island (less than 10 minute boat trip one way). The shuttles will run continuously between 10am and 3pm. The last boat to the Island departs at 1pm, and the last boat returns from the island at 3pm.
Below is a sampling of events for the day (subject to change):
Talks on Choate Island life, human and natural history
Proctor Barn open house
Choate House self-guided tours
Hikes to the Crane Burial Site
Self guided walking tour
Kids scavenger hunt
Shoreline walk and beachcombing
Light refreshments will be served. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch, but remember to carry out all that you carry in, and please no alcohol.