David Henry

Owner Henry's Christmas Tree Farm



Photograph by Michael Cevoli

Oh, Henry

Christmas has been a year-round affair for David Henry since he was twelve years old (he’s now seventy). With help from his wife, Linda, Henry tends to between 90,000 and 100,000 Christmas trees on the 130-acre Scituate farm that bears his name. Simply called Henry’s Christmas Tree Farm, the sprawling land is home to rows and rows of species including favorites like Douglas and Fraser firs. David represents the fifth generation of Henrys to own the farm, which has been in his family since 1851. His father raised eggs that were sold at Almac’s grocery stores, and his grandfather used the land to produce dairy and raise cattle. Henry, who started planting Christmas trees after taking an agriculture class in high school, bought the farm in 1978 and has since made the festive green trees its primary crop. It takes about ten to fifteen years for a transplanted tree to be ready for cutting. Though the Christmas season is undoubtedly his busiest, Henry is on the farm year-round at least six days a week, whether he’s planting, shearing or selling. The farm opens publically for the season on Columbus Day weekend, and that’s when visitors start lining up for a chance to tag their tree. “People come here and there’s a whole bunch of joy because they’re buying something they really want to have, and Christmas means an awful lot to an awful lot of people.”

 

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