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Northshore January February 2016

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30 | JANUARY + FEBRUARY 2016 nshoremag.com MEDIAN 93 Thornberry Rd., 6 beds, 4 baths, 4,731 square feet, 0.46 acre PRICE $879,000 AGENT Bowes Real Estate HIGH END 1 Gardner Pl., 5 beds, 3.5 baths, 5,340 square feet, 0.29 acre PRICE $1,875,000 AGENT RE/MAX Leading Edge Real Estate Winchester Date of settlement 1640 Date of incorporation 1850 Area 6.3 square miles Population 21,374 ZIP code 01890 Household income $125,952 says. It's also a favorite spot for weddings and other private events. Wright-Locke Farm is only one of many fascinating, dynamic treasures that make Winchester so much more than simply a bedroom community. Among those places is the Griffin Museum of Photogra- phy, a museum founded by local photojournalist Arthur Griffin and dedicated to the art of photography. With a main location in Winches- ter, six additional satellite galleries in Greater Boston, and exhibitions that rotate in each location every two months, the Griffin Museum of- fers an ever-changing and energetic examination of the medium. "The arts are important here, all types of art, whether it be theatre, dance, music, film, or photography," Paula Tognarelli, the museum's ex- ecutive director and curator, says of the town. "We give the local visitor a taste of photography so they don't have to go to New York City." In fact, they get a pretty hearty helping of it. Recent exhibitions have featured works by Lynn Goldsmith and Patrick Nagatani. THE DETAILS photographs by Robert Boyd (above) With a location just under nine miles from Boston, a population of about 21,300, and two commuter rail stops, Winchester might be described as a "bedroom community." But in real- ity, that term wouldn't do the town justice at all. "It's really quite a dynamic community," says Archie McIntyre, executive director of Wright-Locke Farm, a nearly 400-year-old organic community farm that's partially owned by the town of Winchester. In fact, the farm is a perfect example of that dynamism in action. When the town was faced with the need to sell 12.5 acres of the farm's property, the people of Winchester rallied together to raise $8.6 million, allowing the Wright-Locke Land Trust to purchase the land in August and save it from becoming a housing development. "The farm was so valued in the estimation of the community that we were able to raise that kind of money to save it," says McIntyre. He says there were more than 500 donors—some who donated large sums of money, others who pledged smaller amounts. But all of them "saw this as a unique opportunity to save this property." It was a unique opportunity for a unique place: Established in 1638, the Wright-Locke Farm is one of the oldest continually operating farms in the country, and was owned by only three families before the town purchased it in 2007. Now, it not only raises organic vegetables and farm animals, but has a dynamic farm education program for both school children and adults, and hosts a variety of community events, like the popular "Spring Fling" on Mother's Day, a Summer Solstice Cocktail Party, and summertime Family Farm Nights. "It's quite the scene," McIntyre Left, Archie McIntyre is executive director of Wright-Locke Farm.

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