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Maps and Brochures
Borderland is one of the most historically
significant tracts of publicly owned land in the Commonwealth.
Created in the early 1900s by artist and suffragist Blanche
Ames and her botanist husband Oakes, Borderland offers many
of the same pleasures that the Ames family enjoyed: walking
and horseback riding on woodland trails, fishing and canoeing
in the ponds, or, in winter, ice-skating and sledding.
In 1906, Oakes Ames and his wife Blanche
purchased land on the border of Sharon and Easton. The country
estate they named “Borderland” remained
in the family for 65 years. In 1971, two years after the death
of Blanche Ames, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts acquired
the estate and opened it as a state park. The family’s
home, a three-storey stone mansion built in 1910, still stands.
Its twenty rooms are furnished much as they were when the Ameses
lived here; many of Blanche Ames’ paintings
grace the walls. Their illustrious histories remain in the
house which is open for scheduled tours