Southboro Open Land Foundation

people looking over meadow at sunset

Riding Ring Circle Reclaimed at Beals Preserve

Published on March 11, 2024 by Eileen Samberg

In the early 1900s, Margaret Leland, daughter of Bostonian Samuel Carr, and her husband Charles Leland owned Chestnut Hill Farm and what is now known as Beals Preserve. The preserve was almost devoid of trees and was pasture land. A riding ring was built for the Leland family for horse riding practice.

The riding ring circle has now been brushed and is walk-able, with the old riding ring fencing and logs to mark the way.

Riding Ring then and now.