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A Visit to the Past at Normandy Farms

Established in 1759

Francis Daniels was born June 22, 1723 in the Province of Normandy, France. While still a young man, he entered the French Army and was assigned to the West Indies where he became an officer. Taken sick, he spent months in the hospital before returning to duty. The move proved premature, as he became ill once again, so he decided to return to France. The ship was captured by a Colonial privateer and brought to Massachusetts Bay Colony in Boston, where the young prisoner was a source of income to the privateers and was imprisoned for three months. George Hewes, keeper of the jail, spoke French, and took a liking to his young charge. He made him aware of his brother in Wrentham, a wealthy landowner in need of hired help.

With the promise of being paid wages for his services, young Francis went to Wrentham and lived with the Hewes family. Francis was indebted for the cost of his passage, and was 36 years old before it was paid off and he was able to purchase property himself. The Suffolk Registry of Deeds shows that on June 6, 1759 “William Hewes of Wrentham deeded to Francis Daniels 53 acres of land for seven pounds, 18 shillings.”

Turning to the land, he carved a farm from the wilderness. The land that Francis had purchased and started to farm was to be included in an area, set aside from Wrentham and other towns, to form a new community called Foxborough. Francis died June 23, 1813 and was buried in the Central Burying Ground, a small cemetery outside the center of Foxborough where Memorial Hall now stands. Years later, when Central St. was widened, his grave was moved to Rockhill Cemetery. His gravestone can now be found on the west hillside, facing the pond.

As the years have passed, the farm grew in acreage, and each succeeding generation has taken its place at Normandy. From a dairy farm to chickens, then raising sheep, the family has all worked the land first cleared from the wilderness over 260 years ago. Now the 7th, 8th, & 9th generations are contributing to New England’s finest family campground.

Your Hosts,
The Daniels Family

Stop by our Reception Center to view our display of historical items from the farm dating back to the 1700’s. 

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72 West Street, Foxboro, MA 02035     866-673-2767

Make your camping reservations!

Mark your calendar for Sunday, March 26th when we'll begin taking reservations for 2024! Yep, that's right 2024. We do still have reservations available for this season, but we encourage you to book soon!

Our Reception Center will be closed so reservations will need to be made online or by phone. Online reservations will begin at 8am and reservations by phone will be available at 9am so book online to get the best sites!  Due to the heavy volume of calls on this day, we do anticipate longer hold times. We apologize in advance for any inconvenience and encourage you to make your reservations online.

Click here to view our activity calendar and weekly summer guide. Please note, activities are subject to change without notice.

Be prepared and click here for some reservation day frequently asked questions.

Seasonal packages and extended stays will need to be booked over the phone. If you are a CCA member, please be aware that reservations made for seasonal packages, rental units, or any reservation that is more than 21 days, cannot be held with your Credit Card Authorization, an actual deposit must be made. If you are a CCA member and would like to book multiple sites for the same time period, your membership guarantees only your site. Your camping friends would need to claim and secure their site within one week from the date the reservation is made.
Please note that tent sites are limited and tents must be on designated tent sites only. You are unable to place a tent alongside your camper. If you have a tent and reserve a site that is designated for an RV, you will be asked to move.

Click here if you would like more information or wish to sign up for our CCA Program. You must be signed up for the CCA program in advance to take advantage of the benefits.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you around the campfire soon!