Although it isn’t a large property, Church’s Field invites visitors to stay awhile to explore and enjoy a small slice of nature in Rochester. Picnic in the field or take in the peaceful scenery on a rustic bench along the Mattapoisett River. Investigate the river’s edge, and you’ll find a cellar hole from one of the Church family homes and remnants of a sawmill.
The trail at Church’s Field offers a quick, easy walk that’s perfect for anyone looking for an outdoor escape. (Download trail map)
From the parking area, take a path across the open field to the forest. The path passes through a gap in the stone wall and enters the woods. Follow the trail through the forest and wetlands to reach the Mattapoisett River.
Just before the river, you’ll spot a pile of glacial erratics: rocks left behind by retreating glaciers. These are thought to have been Native American landmarks.
Habitats & Wildlife
The field at Church’s Field is maintained as bird habitat. Search for songbirds here, especially in the spring and summer when they nest.
Closer to the river, look (and listen!) for frogs on warm, damp evenings. Take a peek under a few wet logs, and you might even find a salamander hiding! In summer, a visit to Church’s Field will reward you with an outstanding wildflower display along the river.
The Rochester Land Trust is a nonprofit organization that works to preserve Rochester's natural heritage and rural character for current and future generations. Since 1997, the Rochester Land Trust has secured over 450 acres for conservation.