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Library and Archives Open Saturdays

Saturday, October 1, 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass.

Historic New England's Library and Archives in Boston will open for your research needs on the first Saturdays of April, May, June, October, November, and December.

Discover our extraordinary collection of New England photographs, manuscripts, ephemera, and other documents.

Free to Historic New England members
$5 for nonmembers

Please call 617-994-5909 to make an appointment.

Cooper-Frost-Austin Public Tours

Saturday, October 1, noon, 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m.

Cooper-Frost-Austin House, 21 Linnaean Street, Cambridge, Mass.

Explore the rarely open Cooper-Frost-Austin House (1681), the oldest dwelling still standing in Cambridge. Resident and guide Brian Powell leads a tour of the house's surviving architectural details.

Make your reservation today. Space is very limited and these tours will sell out.

Free to Historic New England members and Cambridge residents
$5 nonmembers

Registration is required. Call 617-994-6669 or buy online.

Off the Beaten Path

Sunday, October 2, 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Watson Farm, 455 North Road, Jamestown, R.I.
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. Discover stories about the land, people, and natural resources of Narragansett Bay and learn how preserving our historic landscapes positively impacts local food production.

$5 Historic New England members
$10 nonmembers
Please call 401-423-0005 for more information or buy online.

Cooper-Frost-Austin Members Tour

Sunday, October 2, noon, 1:30 p.m., 3:00 p.m.

Cooper-Frost-Austin House, 21 Linnaean Street, Cambridge, Mass.

Historic New England members: Reserve your spot for exclusive tours of the rarely open Cooper-Frost-Austin House (1681), the oldest dwelling still standing in Cambridge. Resident and tour guide Brian Powell shows you the house's surviving architectural details.

Space is limited. These tours will sell out.

Free. Must be a Historic New England member. Become a member today.

Registration is required. Please call 617-994-6669 or register online.

Art at Marrett

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

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

Browse, shop, and be inspired by the work of Maine artists and craftspeople in at the seventh annual Art at Marrett celebration. The Saco River Art League and other Maine artists will be on hand displaying and selling their work. Children can unleash their creative spirit at the Create Your Own Masterpiece table. Refreshments are available for sale by the Standish Historical Society.

Free tours of the 1789 Marrett House house are offered on the hour. Enjoy the beautiful fall foliage and be sure to visit the home's Colonial Revival garden.

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

The Farmer's Table Jazz Brunch

Sunday, October 2, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little's Lane, Newbury, Mass.

Celebrate four centuries of farming with a multi-course farm-to-table jazz brunch, featuring cider, ale, and wine pairings; gourmet food prepared by Carry Out Café; and produce grown by the Colby family at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm. Listen to jazz by the Chuck Walker Trio and take a tractor-drawn tour of the farm to round out the day.

These meals honor the recent history of farming at Spencer-Peirce-Little. 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 now leases the land to local farmers such as Colby Farm, keeping a long tradition alive.

Participants must be at least 21.

$50 Historic New England members
$75 nonmembers

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

"A Writer's Circle" Writers' Group

Monday, October 3, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

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

Gather with fellow writers to share work, feedback, and encouragement in this nurturing and inspiring writers’ group. Facilitated by Brian Evans-Jones, former poet laureate of Hampshire County, UK. The group is open to writers of all levels and genres.

$4 Historic New England members
$5 nonmembers

Drop-ins welcome. Please call 207-384-2454 or buy online.

Weeding Wednesday at the Lyman Estate, October 5

Wednesday, October 5, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, 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. Meet at the Peach Wall behind the Mansion. Please call 617-994-5912 for more information.

To sign up visit the Massachusetts Master Gardeners Association website.

Art 'Round Town, October 7

Friday, October 7, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Governor John Langdon House, 143 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, N.H.

Make Langdon House a stop on your Art 'Round Town gallery walk of downtown Portsmouth. View the current exhibition during special evening hours at this magnificent Georgian mansion.


Call 603-436-3205 for more information.

History and Herb Hike, October 8

Saturday, October 8, 10:00 a.m. - noon

Arnold House, 487 Great Road, Lincoln, R.I.
Walk through the beautiful, rolling trails of Lincoln and learn about its history-filled landscape from the seventeenth century to today. Herbalist Maureen Lapre identifies various herbs and explains their benefits in both colonial times and today. Tours begin at Arnold House and travel through Gateway Park to Chase Farm Park and back again. Includes admission to Arnold House.

Free to Historic New England members
$10 Lincoln residents
$15 nonmembers
Registration is recommended. Please call 401-728-9696 or buy online (Lincoln residents must call for advance registration).

Events Calendar — 332 events