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Events Calendar — 324 events

Art at Marrett

Saturday, October 4, 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 5, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

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

Free

The Saco River Art League and other Maine artists display and sell their work at Marrett House during this fourth-annual event. Children can come and create their own art at the "Create Your Own Masterpiece" table. Refreshments are available for sale by the Standish Historical Society. Free tours of the house are offered on the hour. A selection of art works chosen by the artists will be sold to benefit Historic New England. Be sure to visit the lovely Colonial Revival-style garden next to the house.

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

Beacon Hill Walking Tour, October 4

Saturday, October 4, 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

Knowing and Growing Gesneriads, Not Just African Violets

Saturday, October 4, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Lyman Estate Greenhouses, 185 Lyman St. Waltham, Mass.

$15 Historic New England members, $20 nonmembers

The world of Gesneriads is very diverse. These African violet relatives are often brightly colored, long flowering, and fun to grow. Explore this family of exotic houseplants with Greenhouse Manager Lynn Ackerman, as she introduces you to Kohleria, Streptocarpus, Petrocosmea, Chirtia, and Columnea.

Registration is required. Please call 781-891-1985 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Vintage Base Ball Championship

All Teams

Saturday, October 4, 10:00 a.m.
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.
 
Free
 
Watch four 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 National Farmers Market Association.

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

Discover Quincy Day

Saturday, October 4, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Quincy House, 20 Muirhead Street, Quincy, Mass. and other locations in Quincy

$5 for adult admission to all sites for the day (children under 16 are free)

Experience Quincy and all of its rich history during Discover Quincy Days. Visit Historic New England’s Josiah Quincy House, the Adams National Historical Park, the Dorothy Quincy Homestead, and the United First Parish Church.

Tickets can be purchased at any of the participating sites the day of the events. Please call 617-994-5930 for more information.

Wollaston Walking Tour, October 4

Saturday, October 4, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tour departs from Moswetuset Hummock parking area, E. Squantum Street, near junction with Quincy Shore Drive.

$5 Historic New England members and Quincy residents, $10 nonmembers
 
In 1770, Edward Pierce, a Dorchester carpenter, built a mansion for Col. Josiah Quincy.  Originally surrounded by fields and pasture, the estate's boundaries once encompassed several hundred acres and reached from what is now Hancock Street to Quincy Bay. When the house was built the area around it, now a densely populated neighborhood known as Wollaston, was very rural. This walking tour illustrates how the area evolved over a 300-year period. Explore Moswetsuet Hummock, the seat of the ruling chief Chickatawbut; see Quincy Bay and Boston Harbor through the eyes of Col. Josiah Quincy and General George Washington; and witness the development of an early twentieth-century middle class neighborhood that reflects a range of architectural styles.
Tour the 1770 Josiah Quincy House following the walking tour.

Registration is recommended. Quincy residents should call to register. Please call 617-994-5930 for more information. Purchase tickets now

Members Only: Behind the Scenes in Library and Archives

Tuesday, October 7, 6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass.

This program is free and exclusively for Historic New England members. Nonmembers who wish to attend this program must first purchase a membership.

Join Historic New England’s staff for an exclusive look at our renowned library and archives. Senior Curator Lorna Condon highlights some of her favorite photographs, prints, architectural drawings, and ephemera in the Library and Archives. Explore the history of the collection and current collecting areas. Historic New England has more than one million archival items that document New England's social, architectural, and cultural history.

Registration is required. Please call 617-994-6678 for more information. Reserve tickets now

Weeding Wednesdays at the Lyman Estate

Wednesday, October 8, 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.

Meet at the Peach Wall behind the Mansion. No advance registration is required. Please call 617-994-5900 x6321 for more information. 

Walk with Washington, October 10

Friday, October 10, 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

Beacon Hill Walking Tour, October 11

Saturday, October 11, 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
Events Calendar — 324 events