1700 Beautiful Acres
Hampshire Country School’s 1700 acre rural property is the heart of the school and a source of recreation, renewal, and pride. In the late 1700s several independent farms covered the property. In the late 1800s the property was a privately owned agricultural and industrial community. In the middle 1900s it became a school. The property includes open fields, wetlands, the Pratt Peak and Stonytop portions of Barrett Mountain, and hundreds of acres of deep forest. There are two ponds with historic granite dams: Mill Pond, which covers 4 acres, and Island Pond which covers 39 acres.
The central portion of the school property has many stone foundations from the late 1800s, and the fields are surrounded by more than two miles of historic stone fences. The western half of the property holds the headwaters of the Miller’s River, a major tributary of the Connecticut River. The land supports a large variety of wildlife including beaver, deer, wild turkey, moose, mink, otter, coyotes, bobcats, and many other mammals, reptiles, amphibians, and birds. The lakes contain an abundance of pickerel and bass. This remarkable setting provides students an opportunity to live and learn in the quiet of a rural environment and to hike, camp, canoe, snowshoe, study nature, and explore forests and wetlands, all without having to pack into a car or leave campus.