Madeline’s Meadow


A working hayfield, stewarded by the McKinnon family for over 80 years, with a short trail through a one-acre wooded area allowing walkers and picnickers to enjoy the scenic view.


Birding, Photography, Picnicking, Walking


10.6 Acres
Completed on November 18, 2013

In 2013, the neighbors of old Shelburne Center came together to save the 10-acre hayfield at the heart of their town from development. Generous donations to FLT facilitated the purchase of the property by the Franklin Land Trust and the community has ensured that Madeline’s Meadow will be maintained as the working hayfield that Madeline McKinnon’s family has stewarded for over 80 years. Under the Franklin Land Trust’s ownership, Madeline’s Meadow will be hayed annually by a local farmer with the primary goal of agricultural productivity. The public’s enjoyment of Madeline’s Meadow is a priority as well, and the Franklin Land Trust has installed a short 200 ft. trail through the 1-acre woodlot in the northern corner of the parcel to allow walkers and picnickers to enjoy the scenic view across the meadow and over Shelburne center. Two donated stone memorial stone benches provide a welcoming place for sitting.

Hiking Difficulty: Easy

Access: Shelburne Center Rd and Allen Rd trailhead and parking, Shelburne MA

Narrative Address: intersection of Shelburne Center Road and Bardswell Ferry Road, Shelburne

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