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Events Calendar — 92 events

Behind Closed Doors Tour at Castle Tucker, September 19

Friday, September 19, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Castle Tucker, 2 Lee Street, Wiscasset, Maine

$10 for Historic New England members, $15 for nonmembers

Come and peek into the nooks and crannies of Castle Tucker on a special Behind Closed Doors Tour. Led by Site Manager Peggy Konitzky, this in-depth tour includes rooms and stories not included on the general tour. See additional bedrooms and unique connecting spaces on three floors of this thirty-room mansion.

This event is SOLD OUT.

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

Images of the Ocean State: The Photographs of Richard Benjamin

Tuesday, September 16, 6:30 p.m.
Saylesville Meeting House, 374 Great Road, Lincoln, R.I.

$5 Historic New England members, $10 nonmembers

Join fine-art landscape and cityscape photographer Richard Benjamin for an illustrated talk on capturing the beauty and character of the Ocean State through photographs. During his twenty-seven years as a staff photographer at the Providence Journal and the past eighteen years as a freelance photographer, Benjamin has visited every nook and cranny of Rhode Island. Reconnect with Rhode Island landmarks and experience what happens when the works and wonders of civilization and nature, the perfect light, and a very talented photographer come together.  

Registration is required. Please call 401-728-9696 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Weeding Wednesdays at Rundlet-May House

Wednesday, September 17, 10:00 a.m. – noon
Rundlet-May House, 364 Middle Street, Portsmouth, N.H.

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 in the driveway. No advance registration is required. Please call 617-994-5900 x6321 for more information. 

All Cracked Up: Curator’s Tour of the Ceramics Collection at Beauport, September 18

Thursday, September 18, 10:00 – 11:30 a.m.
Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, 75 Eastern Point Boulevard, Gloucester, Mass.

$20 Historic New England members, $35 nonmembers

Beauport is filled with Henry Davis Sleeper’s vast lifetime collection of glass, ceramics, silhouettes, furniture, architectural salvage, and myriad curiosities. The ceramics in particular exhibit a wide range of styles and origins from expensive Chinese export porcelains, to high-quality English production pieces, to redwares made by individual potters in New England and much more. Join Historic New England’s Senior Curator of Collections, Nancy Carlisle, for a brief overview of ceramics followed by a tour through the house examining Sleeper’s unique collection. Refreshments are included.

This event is SOLD OUT.

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

Walk with Washington, September 19

Friday, September 19, 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

Evening at Gropius, September 19

Friday, September 19, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Gropius House, 68 Baker Bridge Road, Lincoln, Mass.

$25 Historic New England members, $35 nonmembers

Walter Gropius, founder of the German design school known as the Bauhaus, was one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century. His 1938 home showcases the clean, contemporary lines of Modern design. During this evening slide show and house tour, see how Gropius’s innovative lighting scheme comes to life at night. Light refreshments provided.

This event is SOLD OUT.

Space is limited. Registration is required. Please call 781-259-8098 for more information. 

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.

Beacon Hill Walking Tour, September 20

Saturday, September 20, 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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Vintage Base Ball Double-Header, September 20

Lowell Base Ball Club vs. Newburyport Clamdiggers

Saturday, September 20, noon
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.
Watch two of the five teams of the new 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 Ipswich Ale Fall Fest.

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

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.


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.
Events Calendar — 92 events