Chase Farm House
The 1890 Chase Farm House sits at the entrance of the town-owned Chase Farm Park. The site of Lincoln’s last operating dairy farm, Chase & Butterfly Farm, the park contains 80-acres of picturesque hills and meadows depicting the rural character of the Great Road Historic District. Its idyllic setting is enjoyed by the public for walking, kite flying, fishing and sledding. Special events such as concerts, powwows, and Civil War Reenactments are held there as well.
Thomas Arnold originally purchased the Chase Farm land in 1661. In 1867, Benjamin Chase purchased it from Arnold to start a dairy farm. He constructed a large complex of barns to house the cows, but a lightning fire destroyed the barns in 1925 and resulted in the purchase of the neighboring Butterfly Farm. The Chase & Butterfly Farms, with a herd of well over 100 cows, provided door-to-door milk delivery to area residents until 1965. Points of interest in the park are the Victorian farmhouse, the stone garage which was the original milking parlor, the community Butterfly Garden overlooking the original farm, and the hilltop reservoir.
Under an agreement with Preserve Rhode Island, the Town of Lincoln will be contracting with a curator during 2015 to restore the historic farm house in exchange for residency. A rental unit will also become available for a 2nd family to live in the farm house. Both Chase Farm Park and the Chase Farm House are owned by the Town of Lincoln. The curatorship arrangement is a proven model elsewhere for preserving historic buildings located on land owned by government entities.
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