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Directions

Our main garden is located on the Thoreau Birthplace Farm property.
341 Virginia Rd, Concord, MA 01742

From the east, south and north: From I-95/Rte. 128, exit onto Rte. 2A west (exit 30B). Follow signs to Hanscom Field and turn right at the blinking light onto Hanscom Drive (the airport access road.)  After about 1/2 mile, bear left at the fork and through one stop sign.  Turn left onto Old Bedford Road that becomes Virginia Road.  (Do not go straight into Hanscom Airport or right into Hanscom Airbase.)  Gaining Ground’s main farm is on the right after about 1.5 miles.

From the west: Take Rte. 2 east and turn left onto Cambridge Turnpike toward Concord at the intersection of Rtes. 2 and 2A. (This is where Rte. 2 takes a 90-degree turn at a light with a Mobil station on the corner. Cambridge Turnpike begins as a local road next to the gas station.) 

On Cambridge Turnpike, go about .7 mile, then turn right onto Hawthorne Lane. At the end, turn right onto Lexington Road. After about .7 mile turn left onto Old Bedford Road. A half-mile later, turn right onto Virginia Road. Gaining Ground’s main farm is on the left after going about .7 mile.

Parking: With limited parking, carpooling is encouraged.  Gaining Ground parking is located off the driveway next to the green Gaining Ground sign on Virginia Road. If you pull into the driveway marked with the Thoreau Birthplace Farm sign, please continue around the U-shaped driveway towards the small building we use for boiling maple syrup. Parking is just past the sugar house on your right.
You may not park in the Thoreau Farm parking lot nor use the Thoreau Farm building.

Following the signs, walk through the large gate to the Pavilion to meet the farm team.

 

Old Manse Garden
269 Monument Street, Concord, MA 01742

From the east, south, and north:  From I-95/Rte. 128, exit onto Rte. 2A west (exit 30B).  Take 2A west (Lexington Road) into Concord Center. Take a right on Monument Street. The Old Manse is located approximately .5 mile on the left.

From the west:

Take Rte. 2 east and turn left onto Cambridge Turnpike toward Concord at the intersection of Rtes. 2 and 2A. (This is where Rte. 2 takes a 90-degree turn at a light with a Mobil station on the corner. Cambridge Turnpike begins as a local road next to the gas station.) 

Follow Cambridge Turnpike toward Concord.  At the end of road, merge left onto Lexington Road. Continue into Concord Center. Take a right on Monument Street. The Old Manse is located approximately .5 mile on the left.

Parking is available at the Manse and the garden is right in front.