Weddings and Private Parties
Now showing for 2017 and beyond. Open by appointment for functions tours. Please call 617-994-6672 to schedule your visit.
Surrounded by extensive lawns and perennial gardens, the centrally air conditioned Lyman Estate offers an elegant and gracious setting for:
- Anniversary parties
- Birthday parties
Use of indoor and outdoor areas gives you maximum flexibility in planning your party. Enjoy a cocktail hour in the garden. Dine al fresco on the covered veranda overlooking the landscaped grounds. Host intimate dinner parties in antique-filled parlors. Dance in the magnificent ballroom where the waltz was introduced to Boston society.
Six rooms are available for your use: The oval parlor with its original, hand-carved woodwork; a dramatic Victorian library; the east parlor and the dining room, where light streams in through bay windows; the ballroom, with its crystal chandeliers, classical columns, and marble fireplace. A grand staircase with a Palladian window provides a perfect spot for photographs. On the second floor, there is a beautifully furnished brides room. The mansion is fully air conditioned.
Your rental gives you exclusive use of the mansion and the grounds. In fact, think of the Lyman Estate as your private estate for the day. We invite you to schedule a visit to the Lyman Estate and meet with one of our event managers.
E-mail the Lyman Estate staff to inquire about available dates.
May through October
Monday through Friday
November through April
Monday through Friday
Your rental fee supports Historic New England's mission to preserve and share New England heritage. To express our thanks for your support, we offer you a complimentary one-year membership. Membership benefits include free admission to Historic New England sites, discounts on merchandise and events, and a subscription to Historic New England magazine.
150 for a seated dinner in the mansion
175 for a cocktail reception in the mansion
200 for a tented event
Please contact us for further information
Rental Fee Includes
- Use of the historic mansion and thirty-seven acres of landscaped grounds
- Air conditioned and handicapped accessible mansion
- Private changing room for the bride
- Expert planning guidance from Lyman event staff
- Supervisor throughout the entire event
- Coordination of deliveries
- Ample on-site parking
- Use of 200 white folding chairs
- Twenty 60" round tables (seats 8-10 guests)
- Eight 48" round tables (seats 6-8 guests)
- Six 36" round cocktail tables (seats 4-5 guests)
- Four high cocktail tables
- One-year Historic New England membership
History of the Lyman Estate
The Lyman Estate, also known as The Vale, was built in 1793 by wealthy shipping magnate Theodore Lyman. Originally used as a summer home, the Federal-style mansion was designed by renowned Salem architect Samuel McIntire. The Estate remained in the Lyman family until 1952, when the five Lyman heirs donated it to the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, now Historic New England. The property is now a National Historic Landmark and is available for rental for weddings and private parties.
Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass. 02452
617-994-6672 E-mail the Lyman Estate staff