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Historic New England Fact Sheet

About Historic New England

Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. We bring history to life while preserving the past for everyone interested in exploring the authentic New England experience from the seventeenth century to today. Historic New England owns and operates thirty-six historic sites in five states. The organization shares the region’s history through vast collections, publications, public programs, museum properties, archives, and family stories that document more than four hundred years of life in New England.

Historic New England serves the public through five program areas:

How many historic sites does Historic New England own and operate?

Historic New England owns and operates thirty-six sites spanning four centuries of architectural styles and five New England states. Historic New England takes care of 158 buildings with 2,862 windows, 145 chimneys, 66 heating systems, and 296,000 square feet of roofs.

How many Historic New England properties are National Historic Landmarks?

Historic New England owns and operates fourteen National Historic Landmarks:

How many acres of gardens and historic landscapes does Historic New England share with the public?

Historic New England shares more than 1,292 acres with the public at its historic sites. In total, the organization protects 2,198 acres of land, which includes the 906 acres protected through Historic New England’s Preservation Easement Program.

How many people visited Historic New England properties in 2015?

Historic New England welcomed 203,763 people to the properties in 2015. This includes visitors who came for guided tours, group tours, on-site exhibitions, public programs, school programs, functions, community meetings and events, and to enjoy the landscapes.

How many objects are in Historic New England’s objects collection?

There are more than 110,000 objects in Historic New England’s collection. It is the largest assemblage of New England art and artifacts in the country. Historic New England shares this collection with the public through local, regional, and national traveling exhibitions; through its study collection; through its Collections Access database; and at its historic sites. More than 40,000 objects are on display in the house museums.

How many items are in Historic New England’s Library and Archives?

There are more than one million items documenting New England’s architectural and cultural history in the Library and Archives. The archival collection includes:

  • 450,000 photographs and negatives
  • 25,000 architectural drawings
  • 25,000 pieces of ephemera
  • 10,000 newspaper clippings
  • 10,000 books
  • 2,500 prints
  • 1,000 linear feet of manuscripts
  • 800 maps and atlases
  • 700 drawings and watercolors
  • Historic New England’s institutional archives

How many people attended Historic New England traveling exhibitions in 2015?

In 2015, 12,193 people enjoyed Historic New England’s traveling exhibitions. These exhibitions include Haymarket, the Soul of the City; Lost Gardens of New England; The Preservation Movement, Then and Now; and White on White: Churches of Rural New England.

How many students did Historic New England serve in 2015?

Historic New England served 53,505 students in 2015 from 210 communities.  It offers more than fifty different school programs at thirteen sites: Arnold House, Casey Farm, Castle Tucker, Codman Estate, Coffin House, Hamilton House, Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, Nickels-Sortwell House, Otis House, Pierce House, Quincy House, Roseland Cottage, and Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm. Historic New England’s educational programs are nationally recognized for their innovative use of historic resources to reinforce and enrich student learning.

How many public programs did Historic New England offer in 2015?

Historic New England offered 196 public programs in 2015 that were enjoyed by 74,879 participants.

How many properties are protected through Historic New England’s Preservation Easement Program?

There are currently one hundred privately owned historic properties across New England protected through Historic New England's Preservation Easement Program, one of the first preservation easement programs in the country, and the model on which many other programs are based.

How many members did Historic New England have in 2015?

Historic New England has 8,200 member households and is supported by more than 25,000 people who believe in the importance of preserving and presenting the cultural and architectural heritage of the region. More than ninety percent of Historic New England members live in one of the six New England states but the breadth, importance, and vitality of our mission draws the interest and support of individuals from forty-one states outside New England. Members of Historic New England receive free admission to all thirty-six historic sites; three issues per year of Historic New England magazine, the Guide to Historic Properties, Historic New England News, membership card, passport, discounts on purchases made at shops and online, access to nearly one hundred free-to-members programs and events, and discounts on public programs.

Does Historic New England provide complimentary and reduced admissions?

Historic New England provides complimentary and discounted tour admissions to the following groups/members with appropriate identification:


Two-for-one admission

American Association of Museums (AAM)


Active duty military


Blue Star Museums/military families

Free Memorial Day to Labor Day

Children five and under


Children ages six to twelve

50% off

Family Resource Center

Free for one teaching adult

Group tour leaders


Library Pass participants


Massachusetts Teachers Association

Two-for-one admission

MBTA Charlie Card holders

Two-for-one admission

MSPCA at Nevins Farm

Two-for-one admission

Museum Consortium partners


New Hampshire Public Television

Two-for-one admission

Outdoor History Museum Forum

Two-for-one admission

Press and tour planners


Rhode Island Public Television

Two-for-one admission

Senior citizens

$1 off

Students with valid I.D.

50% off


Two-for-one admission

WUMB Radio

Two-for-one admission


Two-for-one admission


Historic New England Fact Sheet