Topsfield Travel Guide

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Topsfield Things to Do

  • Examine the details...

    My friend Lombard, who is an historic architect, was instrumental in getting an unscheduled tour for us at the old house. He was immediately taken with the leaded glass windows which were fixed sash...casement style windows. Wonderful old iron hinges hold them in place. The earlier the house, the smaller the panes of glass. In this case, the...

  • Check out the Topsfield Antique Show

    Topsfield held its first Antique Show on the Fair Grounds and it sounded like a terrific lineup so off we went for a little day trip. I always love these shows and generally come home with some little trinket but rarely do I fall in love with a larger, more pricey piece. This time it was different. As soon as I saw this old wooden trunk, I thought...

  • The 1600's kitchen

    The kitchen of these old homes is always a fascinating place to study. Often referred to (erroneously) as the "keeping room", this was the heart of the home where most of the wife's time was spent..making candles, baking, cooking, spinning, sewing. In this kitchen, there was a great old side board w/ pewter and my favorite redware. Another picture...

  • Old barns

    This wonderful old barn was originally part of another farm about a mile or two away. It was moved to this location to be restored and used in conjunction with the Parson Capen House. There was a yoga class taking place in the barn when we arrived. It is used for various purposes...handy when there is a fundraising event by the historical society....

  • Visit the Parson Capen House

    FROM THE HISTORICAL SOCIETY OF TOPSFIELD"The Parson Capen House, built in the summer of 1683, for the Reverend Joseph Capen, is beautifully situated on a knoll adjacent to the historic Topsfield Common. The house has long been considered one of the finest standing examples of post-medieval domestic architecture in America. Parson Capen, a young...

  • Topsfield Fair

    The Topsfield Fair has been happening at the end of each summer since 1818 and their website states that it's America's Oldest Agricultural Fair. This was a yearly event for my family as Topsfield is relatively close to Gloucester. The fair exhibits many varieties of farm animals, fruits and vegtables, farming equipment, honey and the like. There...

  • Rooms to study

    The chair at the dining room table was a gift from the minister to his wife and so it has been marked as such. Each piece of furniture was a bit of luxury in the early days... and when a man died, each piece was listed in his will as evidence of his worth. And I say "he" because only the men could own homes at that time. Many items of interest in...

  • Historic gardens

    We love to garden and so of course we enjoyed the kitchen garden just outside the back door of the house. It was fenced with crude boards to keep the bunnies out of the lettuce. Herbs for cooking as well as medicine were grown in these kitchen gardens. They were divided in four sections by narrow brick walks to allow for tending the garden. The...

  • Bird Sanctuary

    Bring feed. The birds in this beautiful section of woods will sit down on you and eat from your hand.


Topsfield Restaurants

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    by topsfieldianx3 Written Jan 1, 2008

    Very delicious pizza, seafood, and roast beef. Also a very nice restaurant to go to for a date, a night out with friends, or even for the family.

    Favorite Dish: Cheese Pizza (simple but very delicious) Not too much sauce, not too little sauce, and not too much cheese, but not too little cheese. The perfect pizzza!

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Topsfield Local Customs

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    by Pawtuxet Written Oct 12, 2008

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    If you have ever been a volunteer, you know how hard some of these unpaid dedicated people work in order to sustain something which is a passion for them. In the case of the Topsfield Historical Society, I can't say enough about the lovely woman who agreed to open the historic Capen house for us on a day we happened to be in town but well before their official season had begun. She was patient and attentive and we were thoroughly taken with her gracious demeanor.

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  • The Topsfield Fair Grounds

    There is a full schedule of events at the Topsfield Fair Grounds throughout the year. There is an Equine Tack Sale, Home Show, Farmers Market, Needlecraft Show, Native American Festival, and the Connecticut Apaloosa Horse Show. Of course the centerpiece of them all is the actual TOPSFIELD FAIR. Check out their web site for dates, times,...

  • Bugs!

    Topsfield has some very cool bugs, and some very annoying ones. It's your choice whether to wear repellent (and miss the cool bugs) or not (and get the annoying bugs as well).

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