Events Calendar — 350 events
Friday, September 23, 11:00 a.m.- 12:30 p.m.
Gov. John Langdon House, 143 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, N.H.
Walk in the footsteps of George Washington's 1789 visit to Portsmouth. 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 your ticket is good for 50 percent off the cost of a guided tour.
$8 Historic New England members
Registration is required. Please call 603-436-3205 for more information or buy online.
Saturdays, May 14 through October 29, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
Casey Farm, 2325 Boston Neck Road, Saunderstown, R.I.
Get a taste of some of the finest produce in Rhode Island, Saturdays at Casey Farm. Support local farmers and shop for specialty products including organic produce, pasture-fed meats, locally raised shellfish, baked goods, sweeteners, flowers, and more. Named "one of the five best farmers’ markets in New England" by Yankee Magazine.
Please call 401-295-1030 for more information.
Saturday, September 24, 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Arnold House, 487 Great Road, Lincoln, R.I.
Six historic sites along seventeenth-century Great Road (Route 123) in Lincoln, Rhode Island, host special tours and displays. Arnold House, Blackstone Valley Historical Society, Hannaway Blacksmith Shop, Hearthside, Saylesville Meeting House, and Valentine Whitman Jr. House.
All sites are open free to the public from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tour the sites, explore the area, and discover how local residents and visitors lived and worked from the seventeenth century through the twentieth century.
Please call 401-728-9696 for more information.
Saturday and Sunday, September 24 and 25, 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
Governor John Langdon House, 143 Pleasant Street, Portsmouth, N.H.
During one magical weekend each September, Portsmouth's South End is transformed into the world's largest fairy house village. More than 150 tiny, whimsical structures created by gardeners, artists, and children are hidden in wooded areas, nestled in trees, and tucked away in the gardens of Langdon House, Strawbery Banke, and Prescott Park.
At Langdon House, enjoy fairy stories in the garden presented by the New Hampshire Theater Project and take a tour of the mansion's first floor.
Presented with the Friends of the South End. Rain or shine.
Advance: $25 family, $12 adults, $8 senior, $4 children (ages 3 - 12)
Days of: $30 family, $15 adults, $10 senior, $5 children (ages 3 - 12)
Please call 603-436-3205 for more information.
Saturday, September 24, Noon - 7:00 pm
Note: Vintage Base Ball Association championship games begin at 10:00 a.m.
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little's Lane, Newbury, Mass.
Enjoy music, baseball, and farm activities featuring four centuries of American music.
This festival celebrates everything from traditional songs to bluegrass, funk, folk, and beyond. Come for the music and stay for the whole day: Watch Vintage Base Ball played by 1861 rules. At these fun, historically accurate games, players pitch underhand, a ball bounced once and caught is an out, and no gloves are allowed. See tractors and farm equipment spanning the last eighty years. Learn how simple machines help farmers pump water, press cider, and prepare food. Enjoy a wagon ride through brightly colored autumn fields. Make fall crafts to take home. Tour the 1690 stone and brick manor house.
Food and drink available for purchase.
In partnership with the Newburyport Education Foundation, Essex Base Ball Association, and Ipswich Ale Brewery.
Buy online at the Newburyport Education Foundation website.
$15 Historic New England members
Please call 978-462-2634 for more information.
Saturday, September 24, 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sunday, September 25, 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Henry Sheldon Museum of Vermont History, One Park Street, Middlebury, Vermont
Historic New England's weekend Field School in Preservation Philosophy and Practice is designed for graduate students, professionals, and advocates in historic preservation and related fields.
Through lectures, case studies, and field observation at the Henry Sheldon Museum, learn how Historic New England's preservation philosophy affects decision-making and translates to real-world applications, from conditions assessment to planning to treatment.
$150 Historic New England members
Registration includes three meals and snacks; lodging and transportation not included. Limited to 22 participants.
Registration is required. Please call 617-994-6644 or register online.
Saturday, September 24, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Quincy House, 20 Muirhead Street, Quincy, Mass.
Asian art and culture has long captured the western imagination. Beginning with the China Trade in the late eighteenth century and continuing through the nineteenth century Victorian fascination, the Quincy family amassed an impressive collection of Asian and Asian-inspired artwork and luxury goods.
Join Senior Curator of Collections Nancy Carlisle and Objects Conservator Michaela Neiro for an in-depth look at these objects on view at Quincy House. Part-tour, part-lecture, Asian Art at Quincy House explores the recently reinstalled collection in context and reveals the challenges of working with materials and techniques like lacquer and jappaning.
$5 Historic New England members and Quincy residents
Registration is required. Please call 617-994-5930 for more information or buy online.
Sunday, September 25, 1:00 - 3:00 pm
Watson Farm, 455 North Road, Jamestown, R.I.
Join herbalist Kristin Minto at historic, seaside Watson Farm to investigate medicinal and culinary vinegars. Learn how these simple vinegars can boost your immune system for the coming winter. Explore the history, identification, and cultivation of medicinal vinegars, along with the medicine-making process, in this interactive lecture. Bring a lunch and stay for a self-guided tour to the shoreline.
$15 Historic New England members
Registration is required. Please call 401-423-0005 for more information or buy online.
Tuesday, September 27, 10:00 a.m. - noon and 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Codman Estate, 34 Codman Road, Lincoln, Mass.
Join Historic New England for a program for homeschool families. Whether attending the morning or afternoon session, families are invited to have lunch at the property.
Teenager Dorothy Codman and her nursemaid Marie-Reine Lucas take students on an interactive house tour. Students converse with the past and consider how life was different for the Codman family and their staff of domestic servants. Learn about changing technology and the work done behind the scenes to support such a luxurious lifestyle. Help with household chores and enjoy leisurely painting with watercolors on the veranda.
Capacity: 24 people
Ages: 5 - 15
$10 per Historic New England member child
$15 per nonmember child
One adult per group is admitted free, any additional adults pay full price.
Strollers and backpack carriers are not permitted in our house museums.
There must be a minimum of 5 children registered for programs to run. Full payment is due at the time of registration and is non-refundable (unless program is cancelled by us due to under-enrollment). No registrations will be accepted on the day of the program.
Email Education@HistoricNewEngland.org for more information.
Wednesday, September 28, 10:00 a.m. - noon
Cogswell's Grant, 60 Spring Street, Essex, 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. Please call 617-994-6653 for more information.
To sign up visit the Massachusetts Master Gardeners Association website.