The Kimball family invites you to their ninth generation historic family farm in Hopkinton for a truly memorable New Hampshire experience. Formerly a dairy farm, the newly renovated buildings now serve as an ice cream barn, gardener’s barn, farm museum, picnic area, and pavilion for group gatherings.

Robert Kimball and his wife Donna live in the Kimball homestead and have diversified the family dairy operation in an effort to preserve the heritage and integrity of one of the longest-running family owned and operated farms in the U.S.


 
           
Robert and Donna own and manage the growing farm and ice cream business, continues to raise crops and maintains all of the conservation land and farm buildings. He has turned his lifelong dream of owning his own ice cream business into a reality. Donna’s Farm House baked goods are produced on the premises in her commercial bakery. She has been baking breads, cookies and her famous apple pound cakes for more than 30 years. Donna is responsible for the attractive displays that people enjoy in the Ice Cream Barn.
           
Their daughter, Holly, and her husband, Peter, are also involved in the day-to-day operation of Beech Hill Farm and Ice Cream Barn. Holly has a Master’s Degree in Education and helps to design and promote many of the farm’s educational attractions, such as the nature trail and corn mazes. Additionally, she offers ongoing plant-your-own container workshops to green thumbs of all ages. Holly manages the Gardener’s Barn, and consults with customers regarding their gardening needs.
           
Peter Rhines contributes his expertise to the family team by planning, cutting and maintaining the farm’s three corn mazes as well as helping in the garden center and ice cream barn. Of course everyone pitches in to scoop ice cream!!!
           
Beech Hill Farm History

         
Some of the earliest English settlers in Hopkinton were Aaron and Susanna Kimball, who came from Massachusetts in 1740. Their son, Abraham, was the first English child actually born in Hopkinton. In 1771, the King of England granted Aaron Kimball some land on Beech Hill. In 1893 Herbert M. Kimball purchased the land and buildings that later became known as Beech Hill Farm. H. M. Kimball imported his first Ayrshire cattle from Scotland in 1896, and was the seventh person in the state to acquire a license to bottle and sell raw milk. The original license number is painted on his beautiful red horse drawn sleigh in the farm stand.
 
           

The horse drawn sleighs that were used to deliver milk have also been preserved and are on display at Beech Hill Farm, along with many other original artifacts that now fill the Corn Crib and Grain Barn Museum. The Kimball family of today is proud to continue the tradition of excellence and commitment to quality set by our earliest ancestors in Hopkinton. We hope you experience a little of New Hampshire farm history on each of your visits here!

           
Awards and Honors

         
Beech Hill Farm and Ice Cream Barn is honored to have received the New Hampshire Farm of Distinction award in 2001. The State of New Hampshire introduced this important program to recognize those farms that make an effort to keep their busy farm stands neat and attractive. Beech Hill Farm also received an Editor’s Choice recommendation by Yankee Magazine’s 2002 Travel Guide to New England for a “not to miss ice cream stand.” We were delighted to receive New Hampshire Magazine's Best of New Hampshire 2003 award for the Best Family Fun Farm! We were awarded "Best of New England" 2008 destination by Boston Magazine/New England Travel. And most recently we received the 2012 Family Favorites Award by Parenting NH Magazine.