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History dedication held at Robbins Farm Park

The Friends of Robbins Farm Park celebrated two events Saturday, Oct. 20.

At noon, the public saw the park's new dog statue dedicated the now-complete history project celebrating the gift of the park to the town by generous benefactor and farmer Nathan Robbins.

As the public gathers, there were activities for the kids and a chance to win prizes.

Stephanie Burns holds Libby, who sniffs the new dog sculpture at Robbins Farm. / Kathleen Fink photo
Stephanie Burns holds Libby, who sniffs the new dog sculpture at Robbins Farm. / Kathleen Fink photo

At 1 p.m., the annual Field Day returned to the park. This family-oriented event included old-fashioned races -- three-legged, egg-on-the spoon, sack race, etc. -- and a nature scavenger hunt.

Moon walks, face-painting and seasonal refreshments were available for a nominal charge.

The Robbins History Project, funded by the Friends of Robbins Farm Park, has two parts: the House and the Dog. Granite blocks marks the location of the home of Nathan Robbins.

The dog is a replica of his dog statue that was beloved by the children of Arlington, for whom he donated his farm to become the park. The project, in the works since 2013, was installed last July by Skylight Studios.


The plaque for the history projects reads:

"These granite benches and stones mark the corners of Farmer

Nathan Robbins’s mansion which stood on this site from 1884-1942. 

The dog sculpture is a replica of the original which 'stood guard outside,

A feature of the grounds much beloved by local children."


July 11, 2018: Dog once again stands guard, this time over Robbins Farm Park

Oct. 3, 2013: Guard dog project at Robbins Farm breaks into a trot

This news announcement was published Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, and updated Oct. 20.

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