Three Sisters Sanctuary – Goshen, Massachusetts - Atlas Obscura

Three Sisters Sanctuary

Goshen, Massachusetts

A whimsical garden filled with fantastical environmental folk art. 


Walking through this sanctuary of a garden is a relaxing, whimsical experience. Fantastical folk art fills the space, hiding fun pop culture details only those with an eagle eye will spot.

The garden is the work of environmental artist Richard M. Richardson. The sanctuary he created is full of captivating pieces of folk art set in intricately designed gardens. There are many arrangements reminiscent of Stonehenge, mannequins repurposed into fantastical creatures, and of course, a fire-breathing dragon.

The space is sprawling, but also carved and crafted into distinct areas that flow into each other. Wander around, and you’ll see some pretty large pieces of art. Still, it is not just the largeness of those works, but also the very small things embedded into each piece that make the garden so unique. If you like your folk art tinged with pop culture references, then the detail of the works here should really interest you. From the oddly placed Daffy Duck to the seashells enrobing a mannequin, there is also something to new to find each time you take a look.

Even before you enter the garden, you’ll notice the two-story tin man cowboy that greets visitors in front of the Good Time Stove Museum. The sanctuary grew out of the museum, and in most ways has overtaken it. Inside the building, you’re likely to find the artist in residence and it is worth your time to ask him about his work. The outside of the museum is also adorned with a fair amount of art itself. The sanctuary and gardens are in the back, and they are the main attraction here.

Know Before You Go

Entry into the Sanctuary is a $10 donations for adults and free for children under 12. The hours list it as open seven days a week from 8:00 a.m. to dusk. Still, it might be good idea to call ahead to make sure they are open and having visitors if you plan to specifically go there. You can even stay at the site.

If you are making a day trip from Boston, take route 2 to 112 which makes for a very scenic drive. There is not much food in the area so plan accordingly.

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