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32nd Annual Roseland Fine Arts and Crafts Festival

Saturday, October 18 and Sunday, October 19, 10:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Roseland Cottage, 556 Route 169, Woodstock, Conn.


Free to Historic New England members and children under 12, $5 nonmembers


This festival is one of the leading juried fine arts and crafts shows in New England and features 175 local artisans and their wares: jewelry, woodworking, pottery, clothing, metalwork, and much more. Enjoy live music, a food court, and first-floor tours of Roseland Cottage.


Please call 617-994-5900, ext. 5514 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Women of Beacon Hill Walking Tour, October 19

Sunday, October 19, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass.

$7 Historic New England members, $15 nonmembers

Take a stroll around Beacon Hill and discover the stories of the women who shaped the history and charm of Beacon Hill over the centuries: wealthy and working class, black and white, entrepreneurs and reformers, artists and preservationists.

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

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

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.
Purchase tickets now

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.

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

Mementos: An Introduction to Jewelry of Life and Love

Thursday, November 6, 6:00 – 7:30 p.m.
Gov. John Langdon House, 143 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, N.H.

Free to Historic New England members, $5 nonmembers

Join Associate Curator Laura Johnson for a lecture illustrating some of Historic New England's extensive jewelry collection. Jeweled gifts such as watches, rings, bracelets, and cuff links mark major life transitions. These mementos help men and women tell stories about themselves and their families as gifts become treasured memories. Through these heirlooms this talk explores how New Englanders from the eighteenth century to today mark their important moments and memories of love and life.

Registration is required. Please call 603-436-3205 for more information. Purchase tickets now
Events Calendar — 303 events