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Events Calendar — 122 events

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

Rum Rations and Revolution: Eating and Drinking with Captain Boardman, September 5

Friday, September 5, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little's Lane, Newbury, Mass.

$35 Historic New England members, $60 nonmembers

Celebrate fall with rum and a Revolutionary meal. In the late eighteenth century, Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm was the country estate of Newburyport's most famous privateer, Captain Offin Boardman. The soaring rafters and massive beams of the 1775 barn are a perfect backdrop for an evening of historic fun. Come join your friends around a rough farm table and enjoy traditional rum punch and a hearty farm dinner while listening to true tales of prison breaks, piracy, and potato farming, all from the sizzling pages of Captain Boardman's diary. Participants must be over 21.

Registration is required. Please call 978-462-2634 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Jackson Hill Cider Day

Saturday, September 6, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Jackson House, 76 Northwest Street, Portsmouth, N.H.

Free to Historic New England members, $6 nonmembers, $3 children

The historic orchard of the c. 1664 Jackson House comes alive during this early fall festival with music, children's games, crafts, and seasonal refreshments. Help grind apples and press cider. Watch artisans demonstrate their craft. Tour the oldest house in northern New England. Farm animals from Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm will also make their yearly visit to the house. 

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

32nd Annual Codman Fine Arts and Crafts Festival

Saturday, September 6, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Codman Estate, 34 Codman Road, Lincoln, Mass.

 

Free to Historic New England members and children under 12, $5 nonmembers

 

This annual event features the work of more than one hundred local artisans. Items include wooden furniture and toys, pottery, photography, jewelry, glass, knitted sweaters and throws, children’s clothing, metalware, and folk carvings. Enjoy live music, a food court, and first-floor tours of the Codman House museum.

 

Please call 617-994-5900 ext. 5514 for additional information. Purchase tickets now

Beacon Hill Walking Tour, September 6

Saturday, September 6, 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.
Purchase tickets now

Rum Rations and Revolution: Eating and Drinking with Captain Boardman, September 6

Saturday, September 6, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little's Lane, Newbury, Mass.

$35 Historic New England members, $60 nonmembers

Celebrate fall with rum and a Revolutionary meal. In the late eighteenth century, Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm was the country estate of Newburyport's most famous privateer, Captain Offin Boardman. The soaring rafters and massive beams of the 1775 barn are a perfect backdrop for an evening of historic fun. Come join your friends around a rough farm table and enjoy traditional rum punch and a hearty farm dinner while listening to true tales of prison breaks, piracy, and potato farming, all from the sizzling pages of Captain Boardman's diary. Participants must be over 21.

Registration is required. Please call 978-462-2634 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Discover Quincy Days

Saturdays, September 6, and October 4, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Quincy House, 20 Muirhead Street, Quincy, Mass. and other locations in Quincy

$5 for adult admission to all sites for the day (children under 16 are free)

Experience Quincy and all of its rich history during Discover Quincy Days. Visit Historic New England’s Josiah Quincy House, the Adams National Historical Park, the Dorothy Quincy Homestead, and the United First Parish Church.

Tickets can be purchased at any of the participating sites the day of the events. Please call 617-994-5930 for more information.

Begonia and Gesneriad Sale

Saturday, September 6, and Sunday, September 7, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Lyman Estate Greenhouses, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass.

Free

This new exotic houseplant sale features begonias and gesneriads. This diverse group of flowering plants includes lipstick plants (Aeschynanthus), goldfish plants (Nemantanthus), flame violets (Episcia), along with Columnea, Streptocarpus, Sinningia, and Kohleria. Our fantastic selection of begonias can give you fall color all winter long. Garden and Landscape members receive a 15% discount on purchases at the greenhouses.

Join us again for a workshop of growing gesneriads on Saturday, October 4.

Please call 781-891-1985 for more information.

Events Calendar — 122 events