White's Landing operates by the generous hearts and hands of staff and volunteers from throughout the community who tirelessly work to provide the upkeep and support to provide our visitors and guests the best possible and enthusiast experience possible .
White's Landing was founded by 12th generation members of the Mayflower's William White family . William, and his wife Susanna, landed in Plymouth, Ma in 1620 aboard the Mayflower with young son, Resolved, and shortly thereafter gave birth to their son Peregrine. 5th generation family members came to Brookfield in 1686 from Concord, Ma with efforts to re-settle the area following King Philip's War. Their "plantation" lay to the east of the 1665 plantation along the Old Post Road. In July 1710, 6 men integral to the growth of the settlement were killed by Indians while haying in the fields along the Quaboag, later the event became known as the "Attack of the Haymakers". John White, being one among them, succumbed to his injuries several days later.
Today, the location of White's Landing abuts the meadowland belonging to John White , and also was know in records as the "fording place", where those who had come to live south of the settlement gathered to cross the Quaboag River . The first bridge over the Quaboag was ordered to be built in 1715.
As 15th generation members of the Willam White family , today we are committed to the preservation of the surrounding natural environment and the promotion of the history of the 'Landing and the first permanent settlers along the Quaboag .
The purpose of White's Landing is to educate, promote and preserve the history of the Quaboag region, its native and pioneer settlements, natural environment, and its overall historic value to the community at large.
To provide education programs, lectures, workshops, hands-on activities, and tours to raise awareness of the Quaboag's natural and historic features, its native and pioneer settlements, and its contribution to the early westward settlement of New England.
To provide facilities which allow guests and visitors to engage in visual and interactive participation in the historic life along the Quaboag River. To provide opportunities for visitors, students of all ages, seniors, and groups of all ages to engage in outdoor classrooms, recreational, and educational tours of the Quaboag River, its vast marshlands, wildlife, plant-life and eco-systems through guided and self-guided tours.
To sponsor, host and/or participate in events, meetings, workshops and activities that promote public appreciation and the preservation of the history of the Quaboag River and the surrounding Quaboag area, its environmental value and natural eco-systems through the development of education programs, lectures and tours for the benefit of the public
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09:00 am – 05:00 pm