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Events Calendar — 82 events

10th Annual Portsmouth Fairy House Tour

Saturday, September 20, and Sunday, September 21, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Gov. John Langdon House, 143 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, N.H.

$25 family, $12 adults, $8 seniors, $4 children (ages 3-12) in advance
$30 family, $15 adults, $10 seniors, $5 children (ages 3-12) days-of


Portsmouth's South End neighborhood is transformed into a whimsical fairy house village. At Governor John Langdon House, explore the landscape looking for the tiny structures created by gardeners, artists, and children and hidden in wooded areas, under trees, and in the garden. Throughout the afternoon, the New Hampshire Theatre Project presents fairy stories in the garden. First-floor tours of Langdon House are available. This event is rain or shine.

In partnership with the Friends of the South End.

Please call 603-436-3205 for more information or click here.

Civil War Living History Weekend

Saturday, September 20, 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 21, 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.

Roseland Cottage, 556 Route 169, Woodstock, Conn.

Free

Roseland Cottage hosts a Civil War living history weekend. Civilian and military re-enactors create a sense of life during the middle of the nineteenth century at a time the country was in the deadly grip of the Civil War. Activities include artillery and engineering demonstrations, military uniform and weaponry displays, camp life presentations, period children’s games and activities, and a Civil War-era baseball demonstration.

Please call 860-928-4074 for more information.

Members Only RunSalem Running Tour

Sunday, September 21, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Salem Maritime National Historic Site, 2 New Liberty Street, Salem, Mass.

This program is free and exclusively for Historic New England members. Nonmembers who wish to attend this program must first purchase a membership.

Salem is a wonderful city to explore on the run. With a majority of its buildings dating to the early nineteenth century, Salem is known for its unique architecture. RunSalem.org offers a 5K group run (3.26 miles to be exact) that highlights some of the city's most famous historic landmarks, including the McIntire Historic District, seventeenth century homes, and Derby Wharf.

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

Plein Air Painting Workshop, September 21

Sunday, September 21, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, Mass.

$20 Historic New England members, $25 nonmembers

Join award-winning Gloucester artist David Curtis and palette knife painter Marianne Thompson for a plein air painting workshop at Cogswell's Grant. Beautiful vistas including the Essex River and Great Marsh, farm fields and forests, and our eighteenth-century historic house and barns offer an ideal setting for landscape painters looking to refine their skills with expert instruction. For this drop-in class, bring your own materials and equipment, receive direction as you work, and gather for an end-of-day critique with the instructors. A free tour of one of the country's most celebrated collections of American folk art is available to participants. Weather permitting, please call.

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

Off the Beaten Path

Sunday, September 21, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
Watson Farm, 455 North Road, Jamestown, R.I.

$5 Historic New England members, $10 nonmembers

Watson Farm Managers Don and Heather Minto lead a special tour of this extensive seaside working farm. Learn how the evolution of the farm relates to the local island community and Rhode Island history. The tour focuses on the land, people, and natural resources of Narragansett Bay and the importance of preserving our historic landscapes, as well as on local food production.

Please call 401-423-0005 for more information.
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Discover Boston Furniture

Tuesday, September 23, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass.

Free
Have you ever wondered how furniture geeks spend their summers?  Brock Jobe, professor of decorative arts at the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture, and Sarah Parks, project manager of the Boston Furniture Archive, look forward to sharing a summer of discoveries with you.  Over the past three months, a team of interns and volunteers has identified and photographed hundreds of pieces of furniture in the Boston area made between 1630 and 1930.  Surprises abound.  Join us to hear Brock, Sarah, and members of the cataloging team highlight their most exciting finds.

Registration is required. Please call 617-994-5920 for more information. Reserve tickets now

Boston Furniture Focus Tour

Tuesday, September 23, 5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass.

$20 Historic New England members, $30 nonmembers

Join Brock Jobe, professor of decorative arts at the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, on a tour of the Boston furniture on display at Otis House. An authority on New England furniture, Professor Jobe shares his knowledge and expertise by examining several key pieces in this important collection. Following the tour, learn more about his work with Sarah Parks, project manager of the Boston Furniture Archive, to identify and document as many pieces of Boston furniture as they can find as part of the Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture project.

This event is SOLD OUT.

Registration is required. Please call 617-994-5920 for more information.

Weeding Wednesdays at Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House

Wednesday, September 24, 10:00 a.m. – noon
Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Boulevard, Gloucester, 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 of the gardens and paths, dividing plants, planting new materials, invasives removal, and other clean-up activities. Weeding Wednesdays takes place at four different properties each month.

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

Brilliant Beauport

Thursday, September 25, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Boulevard, Gloucester, Mass.

$14 Historic New England members, $24 nonmembers

Enjoy a leisurely evening at Beauport when the house truly comes alive. Henry Davis Sleeper's spectacular array of lighting devices illuminates the interior with a brilliant and captivating glow. See the Master Mariner's Room, Strawberry Hill Room, and Octagon Room sparkle as Sleeper intended. Light refreshments are provided.

Registration is required. Please call 978-283-0800 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Members Only: Curator's Tour at Quincy House, September 25

Thursday, September 25, 2:00 - 3:30 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.

This event is SOLD OUT.


Registration is required. Please call 617-994-5930 for more information.
Events Calendar — 82 events