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The Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is a family-friendly site with activities for visitors of all ages. The 230-acre site includes a late seventeenth-century manor house that served as the country seat of wealthy Newburyport merchants. The site also fosters farm animals in partnership with the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. Friendly sheep, goats, chickens, and a horse may be visited year-round. Learn about life on a farm over the centuries through hands-on activities. Pump water from the well outside the kitchen or sit in a horsehair-covered rocking chair and look through a stereo-viewer in the nineteenth-century parlor. Become an archaeologist as you piece artifacts together. Explore nature trails, and enjoy a picnic under ancient maple trees. The farm is open on a drop-in basis. Nature walks, family events, and lectures are held at the farm year-round. The Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm visitor center houses a museum gift shop offering books, gifts and local products.