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Events Calendar — 38 events

Weeding Wednesdays at Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House

Wednesday, October 22, 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. 

Gedney Glows

Thursday, October 23, 5:30 - 6:15 p.m. and 6:15 - 7:00 p.m.
Gedney House, 21 High Street, Salem, Mass.

$5 for Historic New England members, $10 for nonmembers

Explore Gedney House by the glow of lantern light and see why this is not your typical historic house tour. See the architecture of a seventeenth-century Salem shipbuilder's home in a new light. Stand inside the chimney and see original paint treatments from the late 1600s.

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

Ocean State Mementos: Costume Jewelry of Rhode Island

Thursday, October 23, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.
Providence Children’s Museum, 100 South Street, Providence, R.I.

$5 Historic New England and Providence Children’s Museum members, $10 nonmembers

Join Associate Curator Laura Johnson for an illustrated lecture on the history and fashion of jewelry in Rhode Island. The Ocean State was a crucial player in creating what women wore every day, from gold-filled to glass. See images of pieces from Historic New England’s collection. After the talk, see examples from a private collection, all with an emphasis on Rhode Island's costume and fashion jewelry industry.

In partnership with the Providence Children’s Museum.

Registration is required. Providence Children's Museum members must call to register. Please call 401-728-9696 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Fall Orchid Sale

Friday, October 24 – Sunday, October 26, 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Lyman Estate Greenhouses, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass.


Celebrate orchid-blooming season. Hundreds of orchid plants are for sale, including many hard-to-find varieties. Visit the greenhouses and enjoy gorgeous floral colors, shapes, and scents. Among the many varieties on display and for sale are Cattleyas, Laelias, Oncidiums, Paphiopedilums, and Phalaenopsis. Their long-lasting blooms make orchids a dramatic addition to any indoor environment. This adaptable species can grow in a variety of home conditions. Staff are on hand to offer expert advice. Garden and Landscape members receive a 15% discount on purchases at the greenhouses.

Join us again for a workshop of growing orchids on Saturday, November 8.

Please call 781-891-1985 for more information.

Beacon Hill Walking Tour, October 25

Saturday, October 25, 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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Coastal Growers' Market

Saturdays, May 17 through October 25, 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road, Saunderstown, R.I.


The Coastal Growers’ Market, held weekly at Casey Farm, is a wonderful farmers’ market experience. Support local farmers and purchase a variety of specialty products including organic produce, pasture-fed meats, locally raised shellfish, baked goods, sweeteners, flowers, and more. Bring the whole family for a unique shopping experience and some of the finest produce in Rhode Island. Named "one of the five best farmers’ markets in New England" by Yankee Magazine.

Please call 401-295-1030 for more information.

Tricks, Treats, and Treasures

Friday, October 31, 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Mass.




Join the sea shanty-singing Salem pirates for tricks, treats, and treasures at Historic New England’s Phillips House on Halloween night.


Please call 978-744-0440 for more information.

Morning at the Mansions: Visit Waltham's Historic Estates

Sunday, November 2, 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Gore Place, 52 Gore Street, Waltham, Mass.
Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass.
Stonehurst, the Robert Treat Paine Estate, 100 Robert Treat Paine Drive, Waltham, Mass.
Discover the grand country estates of prominent Bostonians on hundreds of beautiful acres in Waltham, a short carriage ride from Boston. Enjoy family-friendly activities at Gore Place, the Lyman Estate, and Stonehurst. Be sure to pack your blanket and lunch for a picnic on any one of the grounds.
•    From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at the Lyman Estate, explore the mansion and look at photographs of other Historic New England properties to discover the many different shapes that make up buildings. Think about these shapes, colors, and styles and then combine them to design your own paper house. Play old-fashioned games in the estate's pleasure grounds. Visit and shop at the historic Lyman Estate Greenhouses.

•    From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Stonehurst, build a miniature stone structure—a wall, a tower, or even an arch—using natural clay as mortar. Inside, go on a hunt to find images from nature, which fill the outdoorsy Paine family's summer house, now owned by the City of Waltham.

•    From noon to 2:00 p.m. at Gore Place, take a tour of the first floor of this 1806 mansion using all your senses. It's no longer "look but don't touch" when you join the Multi-Sensory Ground-Floor Tour at Gore Place. A scale model of the mansion you can take apart and explore is featured.
Rain or shine. Please call 617-994-6678 for more information.

The Codmans and the Great War

Sunday, November 2, lecture 1:00 p.m., house tour 2:00 p.m.
Codman Estate, 34 Codman Road, Lincoln, Mass.

$10 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers

After war was declared in Europe in 1914, New England families like the Codmans, who had strong ties to France, felt reverberations. When war broke out, oldest brother and architect Ogden Codman, Jr., was at his chateau outside of Paris. While he and his staff made a daring, last-minute escape to the United States, his friend and co-author Edith Wharton remained in Europe to assist the war effort. In Lincoln, the Codman siblings threw themselves into homefront activities like knitting and canning. Dramatic letters from family and friends in Europe serving as ambulance drivers, nurses, aid workers, and soldiers kept the family abreast of news from the front lines. Drawn from material in Historic New England’s Library and Archives, this illustrated talk focuses on the First World War experience of the Codmans and their community.

The lecture takes place in the Carriage House followed by an optional tour of the Codman House museum.

Registration is required. Please call 781-259-8098 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Twentieth Annual Book Prize Award

Wednesday, November 5, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass.


Each year, the Historic New England Book Prize honors one or more works that advance the understanding of the architecture, landscape, and material culture of New England and the United States from the seventeenth century to the present. Join us in honoring the winners of the twentieth Book Prize: "With Eclat": The Boston Athenaeum and the Origin of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston by Hina Hirayama, and Curiosities of the Craft: Treasures from the Grand Lodge of Massachusetts Collection by Aimee E. Newell, Hilary Anderson Stelling, and Catherine Compton Swanson.

The evening includes a reception and remarks by the prize winners, followed by a book signing. The award-winning books are available for purchase.

Registration is required. Please call 617-994-6678 or e-mail Reserve tickets now
Events Calendar — 38 events