This 50-acre former dairy farm was purchased by the Williamstown Rural Lands Foundation in 2000. Art and Ella Rosenburg and their son ‘young Art’ moved here in 1933 and had a milking herd for more than 50 years. The Williams Outing Club operated a rope ski tow here from the late 1930’s to the mid 1950’s. The farm was called Sunny Brook Farm, and the landscape Sheep Hill, for the sheep raised here in the late 19th century.
The farmhouse and grounds are open year round to the public. Picnicking, hiking, and bird watching are just a few of the activities possible at Sheep Hill. A classroom space is stocked with binoculars, field guides and other materials for loan while on the grounds. We also have regular seasonal events including Full Moon Hikes, Firefly Hikes, Star gazing, Kids Nature Programs, Tracking workshops, Full Moon Snow Shoe Hikes, and Back Country Skiing. The farmhouse is open Monday through Friday, 9am to 5pm and the grounds are open from dawn to dusk seven days a week.
The Mary & Craig Lewis Center for Nature and Rural Heritage
The farmhouse dates from the early 19th century and is home to the WRLF offices, a lending library, meeting space, accessible bathrooms, and Sheep Hill nature and history exhibits. Programs offered throughout the year include full-moon snowshoe outings, firefly hikes, bird and butterfly walks, ecological landscaping and rural heritage events.
The Barns and Sheds
Sheep Hill has a variety of barns and outbuildings which all had a specific purpose on the farm. Exhibits in the Tool Shed, Milk House and Horse Barn offer information and displays of the farm’s history. The Nature Cabin is always open with frog nets and other nature exploration materials available. The largest and former dairy barn, the Dietze Interpretive Center, has interactive nature and history displays, maps, and other information to enhance your visit to Sheep Hill and other WRLF properties.
The WRLF is active in maintaining several trails in the Williamstown area on property it owns or helps manages. There are two trails through the Sheep Hill meadows, the Rosenburg Ramble which is a perimeter trail, and the shorter Meadow Walk. The WRLF maintains other trails in the area as well. Our Sheep Hill trail kiosk has complete information on all Williamstown trails, including Hopkins Forest, Mt. Greylock, and Field Farm. For a more comprehensive guide to area trails, we recommend the Williams Outing Club Northern Berkshire Guide, available here.
- Video from 2014 Sheep to Shawl
- Summer programs at Sheep Hill
- Scavenger Hunt and Answer Key for Dietze Interpretive Center
(Click the red pin for directions)