Preserving the Brooks Estate Legacy

Completing the Mission: Preserving the Brooks Estate

Join the tradition of giving through a donation to the Medford-Brooks Estate Land Trust (M-BELT). Contributions are welcome at all levels and all donations are tax-deductible to the full extent of the law.


M-BELT is committed to upholding the integrity of the Brooks Estate as an environmental asset, and maintaining the open space and wildlife for human visitors and wildlife.

Brooks Pond 

  • Trail rationalization
  • ADA accessibility
  • Water quality
  • Habitat restoration
  • Wetlands protection

Woods, trails and open areas 

  • Trail rationalization
  • Invasives control and wetlands protection
  • Habitat and meadow restoration
  • Manor-to-Pond vista restoration

Access Drive

In order to transform the Estate into a self-sufficient financial engine, we first need to ensure access for both pedestrians and vehicles, including rebuilding the access drive leading to the Shepherd Brooks Manor and Carriage House and creating a 50-car parking lot:

  • A new entrance gate on Grove Street;
  • A rebuilt, expanded road drive, leading to the Manor and Carriage House; and
  • Utility upgrades including conduit electrical, and fiber-optic lines.

Manor & Carriage House

M-BELT’s vision for the Brooks Estate is focused on the re-use of the historic buildings for public benefit.

While the restoration and preservation of the Brooks Estate structures has been ongoing, there remains much to be done for the area to be a fully-functional facility. Future projects include the following initiatives:

For the Manor:

  • Repointing the red brick exterior
  • Restoring the ADA-accessible entrance/porch on the north side
  • Restoring the widow’s walk
  • Continue the restoration of the Manor’s interior, including public rooms, an archive room, a new caretaker apartment, and a business office

For the Carriage House

  • Rebuild the roof and exterior
  • Create a multi-purpose function facility, archive room, business office

How you can make a difference

Donate Join your Medford neighbors in the tradition of giving through an annual donation to the Medford-Brooks Estate Land Trust. Contributions are available at various levels and all donations are tax-deductible.

Volunteer Our volunteer community is devoted to trail maintenance and beautification of the Brooks Estate landscape, having already removed over 100 tons of trash and continuing to clear invasive plants and perform the yard work necessary to make way for restoration efforts.

Preserve the Brooks Estate for Generations to Come

All donations, whether one-time or recurring, are tax-deductible. In order to make a donation, please click on any one of these five circles and you will be taken to a PayPal donation form. (The circles are annual Membership levels if you wish to become a Member). M-BELT welcomes all levels of donations in addition to the levels detailed below. Checks are also welcome and may be mailed to M-BELT, Inc., P.O. Box 328, Medford, MA 02155. Please download and print this form and mail it with your check.

The Brooks Estate by the Numbers



Bird Species

Acres of Trails

Your donation makes you a part of history and we’re grateful for your contribution.

The Medford Brooks Estate is a community gift intended for the benefit of all Medford residents, both present and future. The sooner we finish the restoration of the Estate’s buildings and landscape, the sooner we create a revenue source that benefits all of our residents and the City of Medford for generations to come. Thank you for joining us in the journey!