On Wednesday, we visited Maudslay State Park in Newburyport on a quest for springtime photos of the region. A beautiful, 480 acre estate on the Merrimack River, the park was the homestead of the Moseley family at the turn-of-the-century. Where once stood two mansions, barns, greenhouses, gardens, and so much more is now a picturesque property with stunning views of the river and numerous trails.
There are still remnants of the park’s grand past – a root cellar, the gates to the original Moseley Estate, and the foundations of buildings long gone (all of which have provided fodder for a slew of ghost stories and purported hauntings throughout the years – and, while fun, are completely unfounded).
Today, the park is a fantastic space of hikers of all levels, picnics, kite-flying, horseback riding, biking, and casual walkers. They offer many programs for hiking enthusiasts and, in the spring and summer months, Newburyport’s Theatre in the Open puts on free plays and shows. If you are not familiar with the park, we recommend looking over a map beforehand – there are a few twists, turns, and dead ends and one could get lost easily.
For more information, visit the Maudslay State Park Association’s webiste – http://www.maudslayassociation.org/index.html
For a brief history on the park and the Moseley estate, visit http://historyofmassachusetts.org/maudslay-park-in-newburyport-mass/