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1782 Georgian Colonial Farm

Still River; a village of
Harvard, Massachusetts 01467

Captain Pollard's Flintlock Farm

The Capt. Pollard mansion house's south elevation.
The Capt. Pollard mansion house's south elevation.
Stand-out historic New England colonial farm estate in a stand-out town!

This property is zoned Agricultural / Residential so it is ideal for a residence, working farm, ranch, educational agri-tourism business or all of these!

Captain Pollard's Flintlock Farm is located in the Town of Harvard, Massachusetts 01451, in the hamlet of Still River 01467. Harvard is known for the first settlement of the Shakers and today the town boasts one of the best school systems in the state.

The property consists of a rare Georgian "Double house" which is both a well preserved and a fully updated 18th century Colonial home circa 1782. It represents both an important historic landscape which has been kept essentially unchanged for over two centuries, including a massive Sycamore tree believed to be the third oldest in the Commonwealth, and for its fine Georgian architectural style. The grounds include a landscape of mature trees, a pond, graceful garden areas and cleared pasture-lands along with a double English Banked Barn circa 1830, suitable for large animals or for adaptive reuse for hobbyists of all kinds.

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The formal Georgian front entrance.
The formal Georgian front entrance.
Captain Pollard built this Colonial New England plantation site in 1782.To the right you can see the first of 2 bridges that are fully restored and safe for vehicles and farm equipment.
The Georgian formal front approach.
The Georgian formal front approach.
View of the 1700's era physic (medicinal) garden, courtyard, ell. and barn.
View of the 1700's era physic (medicinal) garden, courtyard, ell. and barn.
Captain Pollard's Flintlock Farm has this secondary service entrance in addition to the formal entrance shown to the left.
The Double English barn's south elevation.
The Double English barn's south elevation.
Passing over bridge and approaching the south side of barn
The dooryard.
The dooryard.
Looking at the 1830's period Double English Banked Barn.
East elevation of barn.
East elevation of barn.
Showing the unique open air amphitheater.
The pond is spring-fed and has been stocked with fish.
The pond is spring-fed and has been stocked with fish.
The spring-fed pond is stocked with fish!
The family room in ell with fireplace and pellet stove.
The family room in ell with fireplace and pellet stove.
The family room in ell with fireplace and pellet stove.
Indoor well in ell
Indoor well in ell
Indoor well in ell with rare wind-up device and counter balance weight.
Looking at sink #1
Kitchen looking at sink #2
Kitchen looking at sink #2
Kitchen looking at sink #2
Massive Kitchen Fireplace and Hearth.
Massive Kitchen Fireplace and Hearth.
Massive Kitchen Fireplace and Hearth.
Dining Room
Dining Room
Dining Room
Upstairs Hall
Upstairs Hall
Upstairs hall with smoke chamber and swinging ballroom wall.
Master bedroom with walk-in closet.
Master bedroom with walk-in closet.
Master bedroom with walk-in closet and Georgian paneling and swinging ballroom wall.
Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom
Bedroom 3
Bedroom 3
Bedroom 3
Lavender Garden and Allee
Lavender Garden and Allee
Lavender Garden and Allee
Historic Heritage Tree
Historic Heritage Tree
The 3rd oldest Sycamore tree in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts!

Features (cont.)

  • Staircases - 3
  • Stream & 2 Bridges
  • Swinging Ballroom Wall
  • Views of Mount Wachusetts
  • Walk-In Closets - 3
  • Walk-up attic
  • Web Domains - 3 included
  • Wide Pine Plank Floors
  • Windows; 12 Over 12
  • Zoned Resid. / Agriculture
Bedrooms 4
Full Baths 2
Half Baths 1
Heated Sq. Ft. 3,950
Stories 3.0
Acres 16
Lot Size
713,265 sq. ft.


  • Commercial Property
  • Workshop
  • Shingle Roof: Wood shingle
  • 3 Floors
  • 5 Bedroom Septic
  • A/C Zones - 1
  • Barn 100 amps
  • Barn; Great Rehab Oppty.
  • Bathrooms; 2.5 Updated
  • Beehive Ovens -2
  • Brick-arched Vaults - 2
  • Bridges - 2
  • Commercial Events Area
  • Double English Barn
  • Eat-in Kitchen
  • Emergency Generator
  • Fine Georgian Paneling
  • Fireplaces - 12
  • Formal Georgian Approach
  • Foyer & Entry Hall
  • Generator; whole house
  • Gourmet Kitchen
  • Greenhouse
  • Heating Zones - 4
  • Heritage Sycamore
  • Herringbone Brick Walk
  • High Ceilings
  • High Quality Farm Soils
  • High Velocity Forced Air
  • Indoor Well 40' Deep
  • Int. Glass Storm Windows
  • Laundry Area 2nd Floor
  • Main House 200 amps
  • Mature plantings
  • Nat'l. Register Nominee
  • New Blueberry Area
  • New Septic System '96
  • No Radiators
  • No Slant Fin Ductwork
  • Open Air Amphitheater
  • Pellet Stove - 1
  • Pond
  • Potential; Agri-Tourism
  • Potential; Au Pair Suite
  • Potential; Commercial
  • Potential; In-Law Suite
  • Potential; Working Farm
  • R/O Filtration System
  • Restored Lawns
  • Restored Pastures
  • Service Driveway
  • Smoke Chamber - 1
  • Snake Rail Fencing
  • Soapstone counters
  • Soapstone Sinks - 2
  • Space to add 2 bathrooms
  • Space to add 2 bedrooms

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Residence, Farm, Ranch or Agri-Tourism Business or All of these?

The house features ten well-proportioned rooms including four bedrooms and two and one-half baths. The restoration work has been completed by skilled experts and has successfully integrated modern conveniences without compromising the fine historic details. The details, enumerated in the information to follow, clearly demonstrate the quality and care taken to ensure that its future occupants will treasure this house.

Flintlock Farm is a rare gem!

Will you be the next owner of this RARE and historically significant plantation estate in the Massachusetts Bay Colony? It is rare because the house is one of the few pure, dual chimney Georgian structures left in Massachusetts; a classic "double house".

This is the dream property for anyone who enjoys entertaining & refined country living. Your friends and family guests will be thrilled with being able to stay on this heritage farm. Potential abounds! Add additional bedrooms and baths and explore a variety of working farm uses such as agri-tourism, education and scientific botanical businesses,including ranching operations.

The 16. 4 acre estate is located in the town of Harvard, MA. Not to be confused with Cambridge, where Harvard University is located, the town is one of the most picturesque in all of New England. Conveniently located minutes from Route #495 and Rt. #2, giving you quick access to Boston to the east, skiing and beaches to the north and Worcester and Cape Cod and the islands to the south. Harvard features a ridge where this property and The Fruitlands Museum are both located that offers magnificent views of all western Massachusetts and New Hampshire.

Harvard is known as having the 5th best school system in the Commonwealth. It is also known for the first Shaker settlement in the United States.

We're close to Old Sturbridge Village, Brimfield and Plimouth Plantation, not to mention Harvard's own Shaker historic district; the first Shaker colony in the United States!

The property is zoned Agricultural/ Residential (A/R) which means that you can base a farm, ranch, educational non-profit or even an agri-tourism business here (may need town approval). The site includes pristine grounds with pond, stream, snake rail fencing and mountain views complete the scene.

Please feel free to ask us any questions that you may have.


Rare Heritage Farm! 1782 Georgian Colonial Mansion House with Double English Barn nominated for National Register of Historic Places.

3,950 sq. ft. of quality original detailing. (Walk-up 3rd floor is presently unheated but could be converted to usable living space).

Featured in Early American Life.

5 films shot on site.

Fully modernized for elegant and comfortable living.

9 rooms, 4 bedrooms, 2 ½ baths.

Fully insulated and energy efficient.

Major expansion potential; 2 additional bedrooms, 2 more baths and conversion of barn into additional living space. (Need town approvals. Extra bedrooms may require septic field expansion which is possible.)

Sited in the hamlet of Still River which is a section of the beautiful town of Harvard on 16.4 pristine acres.

Mountain views, pond, stream, bridges with snake rail fencing. 12 fireplaces, 2 beehive ovens, smoke chamber, interior 40' well, swinging ballroom wall, gorgeous soapstone counters and 2 soapstone sinks, greenhouse, 2 X 16' brick arched Roman barrel vaults as wine cellar.

Propane-fired Weissman boiler, 4 zones, central A/C, pellet stove, whole house generator, security system.

Too many other features to list.

Why this Site is Significant:

Captain Pollard’s Flintlock Farm (also known as the Pollard Marshall farm) is located in the hamlet of Still River (01467) which is a section within the town of Harvard, MA (01451). It is a highly visible heritage farm and museum house with great notoriety due to its status of being nominated in 1993 for inclusion in the National Park Service’s Register of Historic Places making it Harvard’s 4th such site once the paperwork is finalized by the next owner (should they choose to pursue this coveted designation).

These five (5) aspects capture the primary reasons for this historic prominence:

1.) The high-style Georgian “mansion house” is documented as “rare” due to architectural form, features and “historic fabric” that still exist, untouched.

2.) Three notable individuals have lived at the site.

3.) Several significant historic events have taken place at the site

4.) A documented “historic object” is found at the site. “The Harvard Heritage Tree”, which graces the front lawn, is documented as the 3rd oldest Sycamore tree in the state.

5.) The colonial plantation’s 16.4 acres (2 contiguous parcels) are documented as having “prime farmland soils of statewide importance” by the National Resources Conservation Services (NRCS).

This very special colonial New England heritage plantation is an American treasure. It was built right after the American Revolution. Farm owners have worked the land ever since the farm’s establishment; a period of over 230 years. The site’s notoriety and visibility continue to the present day. The site has been reviewed by the Massachusetts Historic Commission and is listed with the Massachusetts Film Office. Four (4) commercial films have been shot on site over the recent past.

Captain Pollard’s Flintlock Farm has been carefully maintained by specialty preservation crafts-people, a number of which are from the PBS TV Show; “This Old House”.


Captain Pollard’s Flintlock Farm at Still River is conveniently located 47 miles northwest of Boston; a 54 minute drive or train ride from the South Acton train station. Still River is known for its agrarian history and amazing views of western Massachusetts and New Hampshire. The Fruitlands Museum’s 210 acre site is located 2.3 miles north of Flintlock Farm (http://www.fruitlands.org/). Harvard’s beautiful town common and general store are located 3.2 miles to the north.

What’s Included in the Sale?

The sale of Captain Pollard’s Flintlock Farm heritage plantation site includes the following items…

- Sizeable Small Farm Acreage; 2 contiguous parcels totaling 16.4 acres

- Commercial Zoning; 61A Agricultural / Residential (A/R) zoning

- Captain Pollard’s 1782 Museum House (3,950 sq. ft.)

- Captain Pollard’s 1830’s era double English banked barn (approx.30’ X 60')

Present Use:

Today, Captain Pollard’s Flintlock Farm functions as a single-family residence, museum house and working farm. The farm uses organic practices and grows/sells mixed fresh produce, herbal plants, herbal products and a plant nursery selling several award-winning cultivars (e.g. winter-hardy Boxwood shrubs, Nepeta “Walker’s Low” Catmint, and others).

Archived in March, 2021

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