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The Veterinarian's Barn

Q. What is it supposed to be on the show?

    A.   A barn.

Q. Where is it supposed to be on the show?

    A.  On a farm in the small town of Iron Lake, New York.

Q. When did we see it on the show?

    A. We first see it in Episode 5, of Season 9, "Runaway", when Dexter goes to the farm to visit the veterinarian, Dr. Patel.

    Dexter is planning to kill the drug pusher who provided the drugs that almost killed his son, Harrison. But after a long stretch of abstinence, he doesn't have the usual animal tranquilizer that he always used to knock out his victims.

    He finds the female veterinarian inside the barn, aiding a mare giving birth. He asks her if he can get any painkiller for his goat (named "Vincent van Goat"). Busy, she tells him to help himself.

    He takes Some that ketamine and some hypodermic needles from her cabinet, and leaves.

    The same barn shows up again in Episode 9, "The Family Business", when a suspicious Angela interviews the vet and asks for a list of people who have recently gotten ketamine from her. Angela learns that one of the people on that list is Dexter, Increasing her suspicions that he might be the Bay Harbor Butcher.

    ( This was a blunder on the part of the writers, since the Bay Harbor Butcher never used ketamine, he used jhe tranquilizer M99 to knock out his victims. )

This page only covers the barn.

But this farm actually appears in three separate scenes, as three different places on the show.

Besides the veterinarian's barn, the farm also provides a pasture that was used as Mrs. Gross's sheep pen, and a room in the large colonial farm house  served as the therapist's office,

So this farm but was actually three locations in one. The producers certainly got their money's worth when they rented this property.

Q. What is it actually in real life?

A. A barn on a farm, just not in New York.

Q. Where can I find it in real life?

    A. In the real world, this red barn with green doors is one of two barns located on an actual farm named Littlefield Farm, in Boxborough, Massachusetts.

    Built in 1843 by Jacob Littlefield, the Colonial home has been meticulously restored since 2009.

The photos below were shot by Ron B:

    Although this four+acre farm is mostly a nonworking "gentleman's farm" today, they do still have a number of pet goats and enough free -range chickens to allow them to sell eggs to the public (at the rate of 10-12 dozen per day), along with occasional tomato, eggplant, and pepper  plants.

This isn't the farm's first brush with Hollywood. Their Facebook page brags about being featured in the 2019 Lifetime Channel movie: "Christmas a la Mode".  It's a beautiful property, so it's not surprising that it's in demand by filmmakers.

[  Warning: This is a private home and farm,
do not trespass on their property or disturb the residents.  ]

Here is a Google StreetView:

Q. How the heck did you figure out where it was?

    A. This was difficult, and its location eluded me for a long time.

    But back when Dexter was filming the scene of Audrey's car breaking down on Nagog Hill Road, in Littleton, the press articles mentioned that they were also going to film for a few days "in nearby Boxborough."  I assumed that would eventually turn up.

    But as the series finale approached, my friend in Massachusetts, Ron B., kept reminding me that we still hadn't found a Boxborough location, and since the veterinarian's farm was one of the few locations that were still missing, it seemed Increasingly likely that it could have been shot in Boxborough.

    So,,after the final episode aired, and I still hadn't Identified any scene shot in Boxborough, I tried searching all of Boxborough via aerial photos on Google, but had no luck finding the place.

    Finally, I tried simply Googling for photos of Boxborough, Massachusetts farms, in hopes that the search might turn up images of that red & green barn. That search returned Photos at spaceof the colonial house at Littlefield Farm, and it looked like It might be the white building glimpsed behind Dexter when he enters the barn. So I took a look at the property via StreetView.

    I could see that there were two red & green barns on the property, in addition to the house, a very good sign. but I still wasn't 100% sure that it was the right place. So I spent more time checking the details of those three scenes, And I slowly matched a number of Minor details, including the small, red & white booth out at the main entrance (where they sell eggs), which is glimpsed in the scene where Dexter first drives onto the property, the position of trees, and the white fencing around the property.
    Then, once I realized that there were actually two barns, not just one, I was able to match them up both with the background shots as Dexter walks past them.

    I went on to match up details for the other two scenes shot here: the sheep pen, and the therapist's office, and that was more than enough confirmation.

    Then Ron drove out there and shot the great photos you see above. Thanks, Ron !

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