Excerpt from “Of Farms and Family” by the Trustees of Reservations:
Randolph Morgan Appleton, also know as “Budd,” was the second son of Daniel Fuller Appleton. Born on Staten Island in 1862, he grew up summering at the Old House and graduated from Harvard in 1884. In 1888, he married Helen K. Mixter of Boston and had three daughters: Madeleine, Julia and Sybil. In 1889, Budd and Helen bought the Waldingfield Road property that had once been the Samuel Appleton homestead. They enlarged their estate by incorporating the existing early house into a large new house, and called it “Waldingfield” after the English town of Little Waldingfield from which the Appletons descended. That house was destroyed by fire in 1916. A new house was later built by his daughter, Julia, and her husband, Charles Bird.
Julia Bird Reservation
The 59 acre Julia Bird Reservation adjacent to the Waldingfield estate is part of Essex County Greenbelt, and features a network of protected open space and trails along the Ipswich River. Two parking spots are provided on Waldingfield Road near the railroad overpass.