William Baker’s Ridge Hill Farms
This film is available ONLINE here.
A Film by Derick Risner
Produced by The Needham Historical Society & The Needham Channel
Narrated by Gary Gillis
In the 1860s, William Emerson Baker retired from his sewing machine business with a vast fortune and purchased nearly 800 acres in Needham – the famous Ridge Hill Farms. Widely regarded as America’s first amusement park, Ridge Hill Farms embodied Baker’s extraordinary passion for social and economic reform, experimental agriculture, bad puns and practical jokes. (Run time, 60 minutes)
Learn more about the Baker Estate here.