About Us Our History
The Daniels Farmstead retains its rural agricultural setting and is reflective of a farm that has evolved over two centuries leaving an intact farmstead. The property is the best example of a well-preserved farm complex in Blackstone and one of the best in the Blackstone Valley with its ca.1750/ca. 1830 farmhouse, several period outbuildings, and surrounding farm landscape. The complex retains architectural and historical integrity and is significant for a period beginning about 1750 when the first small house, now the ell, is estimated to have been built, throughout which time the farm had been in continuous use. The property retains integrity of location, setting, design, materials, workmanship, association, and feeling. The Daniels Farmstead is significant at the local level.
Originally part of the 1667 Mendon grant to Moses Payne, Peter Bracket and others of Braintree, Blackstone was known as the South Parish or South Precinct of Mendon from 1766 when a second meeting house was established at Chestnut Hill (now Millville). The South Parish was part of Mendon politically until Blackstone's separate incorporation in 1845. And in 1917 Millville separated from Blackstone leaving the town with its present ten and one-half square miles more or less.
Thank you to the Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor for the wonderful and informative video regarding the history of the Daniels Farmstead, Blackstone, MA
The Daniels Farmstead Foundation, Inc. was founded in 2003 with an all volunteer board of directors to preserve a unique historical resource that has survived the modern age in tact.
The Foundation's focus is to provide a place for people to gather, celebrate, and learn the values of a working farm and its traditions.
It is our purpose to protect and preserve the rich historically significant farm and buildings located on pristine New England soil, restore the farm to its former splendor, and operate a living museum where local historians, schools, and the general public can learn about the New England Farm life from the 18th and 19th centuries.
The Daniels Farmstead Foundation, Inc. was founded in 2003 with an all volunteer board of directors to preserve a unique historical resource that has survived the modern age in tact. This remarkable find is due to the efforts of Doris Daniels King and her family to preserve the Farm's history and legacy. The Daniels Farmstead Foundation is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization.