It is only here - at the Patton Homestead - that the town of Hamilton has public access to the Ipswich River, and in partnership with the Essex Greenbelt, has made the river available for exploration by environmentalists, birders, and kayakers.

The river walk trail features a small floating dock where visitors can launch canoes or kayaks.

Kayaks and canoes are welcome all year long.

A pressure-treated deck is built right into the river - perfect for memorable sunsets speckled with scintillating conversation.

Individuals and scholars are also welcome to walk the grounds that provided inspiration, comfort and solace to two of America’s greatest generals during some of the most tumultuous times in U.S. history.

In the winter the slope is a perfect gentle sledding hill for young children and is already easily accessible from the lower parking lot on the front field.