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William Baker’s Ridge Hill Farms


    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.