Manchaug Pond Overlook at Beaton Farm
Saved from development in 2013 through a generous donation from a private donor, the Overlook offers a stunning scenic vista from both the pond and from the hillside of the beautiful 380 acre lake, Manchaug Pond. But more importantly, this acquisition is at the core of our water quality efforts through the direct protection of 100 watershed acres of forested wetlands, streams, springs, two ponds and 875 feet of shoreline.
Additionally, this “jewel of Sutton” continues its agricultural heritage with the preservation of the Morgan horse stable, formerly the home of Brad and Kari Beaton’s Hillock Farm, complementing the neighboring living-history museum, and the rural character of Sutton. Today the breeding and training of internationally award-winning Morgan horses continues under the private operation of the stable and fields. Also calling the stable home are many miniature horses, rescued from neglect and abuse, who now spend their remaining years in a nurturing and loving environment. In keeping with our mission, the Manchaug Pond Foundation is utilizing this agricultural use to further the educational outreach of our first and second Mass DEP 319 Non-point Sources Pollution grants in bringing modern horsekeeping best management practices to the many horse owners in the watershed and beyond. With continued private donations and grants coupled with the leadership and cooperative effort of the stable and its clients, the stable will serve as a model facility.
This conservation effort was achieved by the Manchaug Pond Foundation in 2013 through a Chapter 61A acquisition in the town of Sutton and the direct purchase of the Sutton home and 875 feet of shoreline on 25 acres in Douglas. Our deepest gratitude is extended to the Board of Selectman of the Town of Sutton in assigning the first right of refusal to the Foundation and to our donors both large and small whose vision and extreme generosity made this purchase possible and support its continued preservation.
Visitors to the Overlook and neighboring Waters Farm
Please note that no parking is available at the scenic Overlook, at the private residence, or at the stable. We ask that all visitors to the Overlook and neighboring Waters Farm respect the neighborhood and the space: no climbing or sitting on the dry stone walls, no walking on the shed roof, nor entering the neighboring private driveways, stables, or the private gardens. Public parking is only available at Waters Farm Living History Museum .
No hunting, horseback riding, boating, vehicles, drone or remote control toy usage, or walking/hiking is permitted on the property in order to protect the extensive water resources in the watershed, ensure the public safety of the many visitors to neighboring Waters Farm as well as the many horses in residence at the private stable, and adhere to the policies and privacy of neighboring properties which must be crossed to gain access to the woodland areas of the property. Hikers are allow on the Waters Farm property trails according to their rules and policies. Educational events and programs sponsored by the Manchaug Pond Foundation are scheduled and advertised in advance for public benefit.
On the western hillside of Manchaug Pond, the State has designated a large area as Priority Habitat for endangered species which encompasses the Beaton Farm property ponds, shoreline and some of the forested wetlands parcels in both Sutton and Douglas.
Of utmost importance is:
- the protection of watershed wetland resources.
- the preservation of our wild areas which are priority habitat for protected and endangered species.*
- the safety of the horses in residence at the stable.
- and the respect of the neighbors and the land-use policies of abutting property owners.