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Events Calendar — 65 events

Nooks and Crannies, October 1

Wednesday,  October 1, 9:00 a.m. – noon
Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Boulevard, Gloucester, Mass.

$15 Historic New England members, $30 nonmembers

This leisurely behind-the-scenes tour of Henry Davis Sleeper’s summer retreat allows plenty of time to explore each room, including passageways, closets, and other spaces not usually open to the public. Guides highlight their favorite objects and share stories about Sleeper, his friends, and staff. Light refreshments included.

Registration is required. Please call 978-283-0800 for more information or to register.

Weeding Wednesdays at the Codman Estate

Wednesday, October 1, 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.

Thursdays at Twilight, October 2

Thursday, October 2, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Mass.

$15 Historic New England members, $30 nonmembers

Visit Phillips House at twilight and see how electric light of the early twentieth century transforms a Federal-era house. Selections from Phillips family home movies provide a glimpse of how the family lived in the house and entertained, and where they traveled in their leisure time. A casual wine reception will start the evening.

Registration is required. Please call 978-744-0440 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Walk with Washington, October 3

Friday, October 3, 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

The Farmer's Table

Friday, October 3, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little's Lane, Newbury, Mass.

$65 Historic New England members, $85 nonmembers

Celebrate four centuries of farming with a multi-course farm-to-table dinner with wine pairings prepared by Carry Out Cafe using produce grown by the Colby family at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm. This event highlights the farmers who kept this rich land cultivated in the twentieth century. The Stekionis family lived and worked at the farm from 1913 until 1994, while Dick Walsh came to grow spinach during World War II and never left. Historic New England leases the land to local farmers such as Colby Farm, whose produce is served at this meal. Participants must be over 21.

This event is SOLD OUT.

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

Art at Marrett

Saturday, October 4, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 5, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Marrett House, 40 Ossippee Trail East, Route 25, Standish, Maine


The Saco River Art League and other Maine artists display and sell their work at Marrett House during this fifth-annual event. Children can come and create their own art at the "Create Your Own Masterpiece" table. Refreshments are available for sale by the Standish Historical Society. Free tours of the house are offered on the hour. A selection of art works chosen by the artists will be sold to benefit Historic New England. Be sure to visit the lovely Colonial Revival-style garden next to the house.

Please call 207-882-7169 for more information. Artists interested in participating should call 207-642-3032.

Beacon Hill Walking Tour, October 4

Saturday, October 4, 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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Knowing and Growing Gesneriads, Not Just African Violets

Saturday, October 4, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Lyman Estate Greenhouses, 185 Lyman St. Waltham, Mass.

$15 Historic New England members, $20 nonmembers

The world of Gesneriads is very diverse. These African violet relatives are often brightly colored, long flowering, and fun to grow. Explore this family of exotic houseplants with Greenhouse Manager Lynn Ackerman, as she introduces you to Kohleria, Streptocarpus, Petrocosmea, Chirtia, and Columnea.

Registration is required. Please call 781-891-1985 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Vintage Base Ball Championship

All Teams

Saturday, October 4, 10:00 a.m.
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.
Watch the teams of the Essex Base Ball Association, the Newburyport Clamdiggers, Lynn Live Oaks, Lowell Base Ball Nine, the Portsmouth Rockinghams, and the new (old) Georgetown Samosets, play baseball using 1860s rules. At these fun, historically accurate games, players pitch underhand, a ball bounced once and caught is an out, and no gloves are allowed. Snacks, baseballs, and cards are available for purchase. Grass field seating: bring blankets and lawn chairs, no reserved seating. Weather permitting, please call.

This program coincides with the National Farmers Market Association.

In partnership with the Essex Base Ball Association and Ipswich Ale.
Please call 978-462-2634 for more information.

Discover Quincy Day

Saturday, 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.
Events Calendar — 65 events