January 12, 2008

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The Big Backyard

Exploring a treasured landscape through young eyes

by Sherri Miles for Special Places magazine, published by the Trustees of Reservations

NEARLY 100 YEARS AGO, the 2,100-acre Crane Estate in Ipswich was a playground, the summer retreat of Richard T. Crane, Jr., his wife Florence, and their two children, Cornelius and Florence. This summer, the normally serene estate became a playground once again, echoing with the sound of children laughing along stone paths and dirt trails, squealing in delight in the Vegetable and Italian Gardens, and singing loud and long as they hiked around the property.

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