From Country Estate to State Park: Bradley Palmer’s Gift

Sunday, September 25, 2022

From Country Estate to State Park: Bradley Palmer’s Gift

Date & Time

Sunday, September 25, 2022

Recurring Event

Time Slot(s):

10:30 am to 12:00 pm


Learn how wealthy corporate attorney Bradley Webster Palmer donated his 721 acre Willow Dale Estate, now Bradley Palmer State Park, to the Commonwealth. Experience his extravagant early 1900s world as you take an outdoor tour of his mansion, the ghost of a formal garden, the stable, gardener’s cottage, and other surviving buildings. The Park Interpreter takes you on a stroll around the core area of the former estate.

Special Instructions

Program is open and free to the public. For ages 8 and up, but particularly for adults. All children must be accompanied by an adult. Please dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear. Bring water. Sunscreen and insect repellent are recommended. One section of the walk goes up a slight wooded rise that is not accessible to wheelchairs, strollers, or persons with some walking limitations. Reasonable accommodations available upon advanced request. Inclement weather cancels the program.

Weather Restrictions

Heavy rain or storms will cancel program.


Bradley Palmer State Park



40 Asbury St, Topsfield, MA 01983

40 Asbury St, Topsfield, MA 01983


Meet at the Bulletin Board at the Main parking lot. 


Parking Available

Restrooms Available

Event Category

  • Architecture
  • History
  • Walking Tour

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