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Weeding Wednesday at the Lyman Estate, June 1

Wednesday, June 1, 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.

Members Only Day in Wiscasset

Thursday, June 2, 10:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.

Castle Tucker, 2 Lee Street, Wiscasset, Maine

Nickels-Sortwell House, 121 Main Street, Wiscasset, Maine

10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
Behind Closed Doors Tour of Castle Tucker
Peek inside the nooks and crannies of Castle Tucker, one of America's most intact Victorian homes. Led by Site Manager Peggy Konitzky, this in-depth tour includes rooms and stories not included on the regular tour.

11:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Free time for lunch and shopping

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Lecture at Nickels-Sortwell House
Maine State Historian Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. will discuss the work of early twentieth century photographer, Edward Joseph Leighton. Born in 1884, Leighton lived in nearby Alna, Maine for much of his life. He is best known today for his images of everyday life and local scenery, many of which were turned into popular postcards of the era. Come listen to Earle share his knowledge of this artist and the world he captured in his beautiful images.

4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
Tour of Nickels-Sortwell House
Finish your day with a tour of this high Federal-style mansion, built in 1807 as the trophy house of shipping magnate Captain William Nickels. It spent years as a hotel before being purchased in 1899 by industrialist and former mayor of Cambridge, Mass., Alvin Sortwell. Nickels-Sortwell House offers a warm and intimate picture of life in the Gilded Age through the early twentieth century.

Free and exclusive to Historic New England members. Become a member today.

Space is limited. Registration is required. To register for programs individually of if you need more information, please call 207-882-7169 or buy online.

Foraging Walk at the Lyman Estate

Thursday, June 2, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass.
Join foraging expert Russ Cohen on a walk through the Lyman Estate landscape, including farmland leased by Waltham Fields Community Farm, to collect wild edibles.  

Cosponsored with Waltham Fields Community Farm.
$12 adults
$6 children
Registration is required. Please call 617-994-5912 or buy online.

Art 'Round Town, June 3

Friday, June 3, 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.

Opening Reception: Domestic Bliss

Friday, June 3, 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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

See Domestic Bliss: Discarded, Remembered, and Imagined, meet the artists Karen Battles and Leslie Lyman, and enjoy light refreshments.

This exhibition of contemporary artwork incorporates the artists' found images and artifacts from the past. The artwork focuses attention on the things people leave behind-photos, letters, clothing, boxes, books-and ask viewers to contemplate the passage of time and question the nature of memory.


Please call 603-436-3205 for more information.

Beacon Hill Walking Tour, June 4

Saturday, June 4, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Otis House, 141 Cambridge Street, Boston, Mass.

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.

$10 Historic New England members
$15 nonmembers
Registration is recommended. Please call 617-994-5920 or buy online.

Ice Cream Social

Saturday, June 4, 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.

Phillips House, 34 Chestnut Street, Salem, Mass.

Kick off summer at Phillips House. Enjoy ice cream from Treadwell’s of Salem, listen to music from the Ukulele Union of Boston, tour the carriage house, and play lawn games in a historic setting.

$2 Historic New England and Historic Salem Inc. members
$5 nonmembers

Registration is recommended. Please call 978-744-0440 or buy online.

Historic New England Open House

Saturday, June 4, hours vary

Thirty-five Historic New England properties

Most Historic New England properties are open for free on the first Saturday in June. From Maine to Rhode Island, learn about the people who lived in stone-enders, urban mansions, rural estates, and working farms during free guided tours at Historic New England’s house museums.

See a list of properties and hours.

Kite Flying at Watson Farm

Saturday, June 4, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m.

Watson Farm, 455 North Road, Jamestown, R.I.

Bring a kite to Watson Farm and enjoy a day of old-time family fun. Watch a professional kite flyer fly three kites simultaneously. Hike out to scenic fields where you can launch your own kite or just watch others enjoy this old-fashioned pastime. Follow the self-guided tour of the farm trails down to Narragansett Bay and back and learn more about local agriculture. Grab a kite, bring a picnic lunch if you wish, and come enjoy the breathtaking views of Narragansett Bay's West Passage.


Please call 401-423-0005 for more information.

Library and Archives Open Saturdays

Saturday, June 4, 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 nonmembers

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

Events Calendar — 332 events