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Events Calendar — 36 events

Farm Friends II

Join us at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm for Farm Friends II, an afterschool program for children ages 9-13.

Each session consists of weekly classes held Mondays from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m.

This is a drop-off program. Pre-registration is required.

Session 1: September 12 - October 24
(no class October 10)

Session 2: October 31 - December 5

Session 3: February 6 - March 20
(no class February 20)

Session 4: March 27 - May 1
(no class April 17)

Session 5: May 8 - June 12
(no class May 29)

Young Friends Brains and Brews

Wednesday, October 26, 6:30 p.m.

Bell in Hand Tavern, 45 Union Street, Boston, Mass.

Show off your trivia skills and knowledge of Boston's history in this friendly battle of the minds. Grab a few friends and a brew from local Bell in Hand Tavern, which has been a popular gathering place since 1795. Don't miss this fun and interactive evening with fellow Young Friends members. If trivia isn't your thing, you do not have to play. Stop by to mingle with like-minded friends and enjoy the atmosphere.

Free and exclusive to Historic New England Young Friends members only. If you are interested in participating in this event, please consider becoming a Historic New England Young Friend.

Please e-mail or call 617-994-5934 to register or for more information.

Weeding Wednesday at Cogswell's Grant, October 26

Wednesday, October 26, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, 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.

Drop-ins welcome. Please call 617-994-6653 for more information.

To sign up visit the Massachusetts Master Gardeners Association website.

Homeschool: At the Bay

Registration for this program is now closed. Learn more about our future homeschool programs at

Wednesday, October 26, 10:00 a.m. - noon and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road, Saunderstown, R.I.

Join Historic New England for a program for homeschool families. Whether attending the morning or afternoon session, families are invited to have lunch at the property.

The salt pond and cobble beach at Casey Farm offer exciting settings to explore the diversity of life along Rhode Island's greatest natural treasure: Narragansett Bay. Students learn about fresh and saltwater wetlands and then discover the wide variety of organisms that live in the salt marsh, salt pond, and cobble beach. The Jamestown Bridge provides a backdrop to a discussion of human influences on the Bay.

Note: Includes a 15-minute hike over uneven terrain to a rocky beach which is not suitable for strollers or toddlers.

Capacity: 40 people
Ages: 5 - 14
Rain Date: Thursday, October 27

$10 per Historic New England member child
$15 per nonmember child

One adult per group is admitted free, any additional adults pay full price.

Strollers and backpack carriers are not permitted in our house museums.

There must be a minimum of 5 children registered for programs to run. Full payment is due at the time of registration and is non-refundable (unless program is cancelled by us due to under-enrollment). No registrations will be accepted on the day of the program.

Email for more information.

Secure the Shadow: Victorian Spirit and Post-Mortem Photography

Thursday, October 27, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Mass.

Early photography had a magical quality, even for those who understood the science behind it. For many in the nineteenth century, the relationship between science and the supernatural was unclear, and sympathetic photographers and charlatans set up a brisk business "securing the shadow"- memorializing deceased loved ones or producing images purported to be from beyond the grave.
Join Regional Site Manager Bethany Groff Dorau for an illustrated exploration of Victorian photography from the moment of death and beyond.

$5 Historic New England members
$10 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 978-744-0440 or buy online.

Trick or Treat at the Pink House

Friday, October 28, 5:00 - 7:30 p.m.

Roseland Cottage, 556 Route 169, Woodstock, Conn.

Ghosts of Halloweens past hand out candy at Roseland Cottage to anyone with the courage to knock on our doors. Stop by and put the "Gothic" in Gothic Revival this Halloween. Cosponsored by Woodstock Recreation.


Please call 860-928-4074 for more information.

Edith Wharton and Ogden Codman Jr.: A Creative Kinship

Sunday, October 30, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Codman Estate, 34 Codman Road, Lincoln, Mass.

Ogden Codman Jr. is known as the other name on the spine of the design classic, The Decoration of Houses, which he co-authored with Edith Wharton. Using original letters from Historic New England's Codman archival collection, this illustrated talk offers an inside peek into their artistic friendship, which spanned more than forty years. After the lecture, stay for an optional tour of Codman House.

$10 Historic New England members
$15 nonmembers

Registration is recommended. Please call 617-994-6690 or buy online.

Cradle to Grave: Lamplight Tour of Coffin House, Swett-Ilsley House and First Parish Burying Ground

Sunday, October 30, 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Coffin House, 14 High Road, Newbury, Mass..

Spend an evening getting to know the Coffin family and their neighbors, in their home and in their final resting places.

Enjoy special evening tours of the 1678 Coffin House, a beer tasting in the 1670 Swett-Ilsley House (a former tavern), and a visit to the townsfolk across the street in the First Parish Burying Ground. Hear true tales of murder, heroism, and heartbreak from Newbury's storied past. Refreshments provided by Ipswich Ale Brewery.

$15 Historic New England members
$30 nonmembers

Registration is required. Please call 978-462-2634 or buy online.

Halloween Trick or Treat at Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center

Sunday, October 30, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, 5 Portland Street, South Berwick, Maine

Fairies and zombies, snow queens and spooks,
Zombies and pirates, witches and kooks,
Come knock on our door, we'll give you a treat!
You never know just who you might meet...
At the grand old white house just down the street.

Trick-or-treaters of all ages are welcome at the Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center!


Please call 207-384-2454 for more information.

Tricks, Treats, and Treasures

Monday, October 31, 5:30 - 7:00 p.m.

Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Mass.

Join the sea chanty singing Salem pirates for some tricks, treats, and treasures at Historic New England's Phillips House on Halloween night.


Please call 978-744-0440 for more information.

Events Calendar — 36 events