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Events Calendar — 129 events

Walk with Washington, August 29

Friday, August 29, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Gov. John Langdon House, 143 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, N.H.

$6 Historic New England members, $12 nonmembers

Walk the streets of Portsmouth in the footsteps of George Washington when he visited the city in 1789. See where he took tea with his secretary’s mother, Mrs. Lear, attended services at St. John’s Church, and was feted at a reception at Governor John Langdon House. The tour returns to Langdon House, which Washington thought "may be esteemed the first in Portsmouth," where you can use your ticket for a tour of the house at half price.

Registration is required. Please call 603-436-3205 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Mrs. Tucker's Supper: A Culinary History Journey

Friday, August 29, 9:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Castle Tucker, 2 Lee Street, Wiscasset, Maine

$10 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers

In April 1860, nineteen-year-old Mollie Tucker wrote a letter to her sister about a special meal that she had recently prepared. "We had a grand supper for the gentlemen the other night." She recounted the menu for the evening, boasting that "everyone is talking about Mrs. Tucker’s supper." Who were these gentlemen and what was the occasion? Was her menu typical for the time? How was the meal prepared, and where and how was it served? Guide Cathy Messmer shares her research into this gentlemen’s supper and what it revealed about life at Castle Tucker. Join her on this journey back to that special evening in the spring of 1860. Includes a tour of the house.

Registration is required. Space is limited. Please call 207-882-7169 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Beacon Hill Walking Tour, August 30

Saturday, August 30, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass.

$6 Historic New England members, $12 nonmembers

Go beyond the brick sidewalks and charming gardens and learn about Beacon Hill’s development in the Federal era. The fortunes, ambitions, and struggles of Beacon Hill’s early residents, both wealthy and working class, shaped the streets, architecture, and character of the hill. Start with a tour of Otis House, the earliest intact mansion in the neighborhood, and continue on Beacon Hill’s historic streets. Private group tours available by appointment.

Registration is recommended. Please call 617-994-5920 for more information.
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Schooner Festival Fireworks

Saturday, August 30, 7:00 p.m.
Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Boulevard, Gloucester, Mass.

$10 Historic New England members, $18 nonmembers

Celebrate Gloucester's annual Schooner Festival with a fireworks display viewed from the terrace and lawn of Beauport and enjoy an abridged evening tour as the house transforms at night. Bring blankets, chairs, picnics, and mosquito spray. Candles are prohibited. Adults and children over twelve only, please.

In combination with Parade of Sail, $13 Historic New England members, $26 nonmembers.

Registration is required. Please call 978-283-0800 for more information and to purchase the combination ticket. Purchase tickets now

Faces and Families: Folk Art Portraits at Cogswell's Grant

Saturday, August 30, 10:00 a.m. – noon
Cogswell’s Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.

$5 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers

In the days before photography, portraits offered self-expression and family documentation, first to the wealthy colonial settlers, and then increasingly to the middle class. Itinerant artists of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries, often self-taught, painted inexpensive portraits for rural families, and worked in a style whose charm still appeals today. Join Site Manager Kristen Weiss for an in-depth look at the folk art portrait collection at Cogswell’s Grant, and an exploration of the many families and artists represented in the house.

Registration is required. Please call 978-768-3632 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Coastal Growers' Market

Saturdays, May 17 through October 25, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road, Saunderstown, R.I.

Free

The Coastal Growers’ Market, held weekly at Casey Farm, is a wonderful farmers’ market experience. Support local farmers and purchase a variety of specialty products including organic produce, pasture-fed meats, locally raised shellfish, baked goods, sweeteners, flowers, and more. Bring the whole family for a unique shopping experience and some of the finest produce in Rhode Island. Named "one of the five best farmers’ markets in New England" by Yankee Magazine.

Please call 401-295-1030 for more information.

Parade of Sail

Sunday, August 31, 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Boulevard, Gloucester, Mass.

$5 Historic New England members, $10 nonmembers

Come to Beauport for some of the best views of the annual Gloucester Schooner Festival's Parade of Sail. Watch schooners sail to the Eastern Point Light breakwater to begin the Mayor's race for the Esperanto Cup. Coffee and light breakfast refreshments are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Bring blankets and/or chairs and other refreshments if preferred. The house is not available for tours during this event.

In combination with Schooner Festival Fireworks, $13 Historic New England members, $26 nonmembers.

Registration is required. Please call 978-283-0800 for more information and to purchase the combination ticket. Purchase tickets now

Weeding Wednesdays at the Codman Estate

Wednesday, September 3, 10:00 a.m. – noon
Codman Estate, 34 Codman Road, Lincoln, Mass.

Call for volunteers!

Volunteer alongside Historic New England’s staff experts and members to care for and learn about historic gardens and landscapes. Work includes seasonally appropriate tasks, such as weeding the gardens and paths, dividing plants, planting new materials, removing invasives, and other clean-up activities. Weeding Wednesdays takes place at four different properties each month.

Meet at the Italian Garden. No advance registration is required. Please call 617-994-5900 x6321 for more information.

Members Only: Curator's Tour at Quincy House, September 4

Thursday, September 4, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Quincy House, 20 Muirhead Street, Quincy, Mass.
 
This program is free and offered exclusively to Historic New England members. Nonmembers who wish to attend this program must first purchase a membership.

Built as a country estate in 1770, Quincy House, a National Historic Landmark, was originally a 250-acre parcel of land surrounded by fields and pastures overlooking Quincy Bay. For generations, the Quincys, like the Adamses to whom they were related, played important roles in the social and political life of Massachusetts. Much of the historical information pertaining to the house and family was documented in the nineteenth century by Eliza Susan Quincy. She kept journals and persuaded relatives to return heirlooms so that the house would remain a repository of Quincy family history. Join Historic New England Senior Curator of Collections Nancy Carlisle on a tour of Quincy House to learn more about the family's collection. See recent changes to the interiors resulting from the study of the Eliza Susan Quincy materials.

Registration is required. Please call 617-994-5930 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Walk with Washington, September 5

Friday, September 5, 11:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Gov. John Langdon House, 143 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, N.H.

$6 Historic New England members, $12 nonmembers

Walk the streets of Portsmouth in the footsteps of George Washington when he visited the city in 1789. See where he took tea with his secretary’s mother, Mrs. Lear, attended services at St. John’s Church, and was feted at a reception at Governor John Langdon House. The tour returns to Langdon House, which Washington thought "may be esteemed the first in Portsmouth," where you can use your ticket for a tour of the house at half price.

Registration is required. Please call 603-436-3205 for more information. Purchase tickets now
Events Calendar — 129 events