Overlooking a prospect of farm and pleasure grounds, this country seat, also known as “the Grange,” was a powerful force in the lives of five generations of the Codman family. Each generation that lived here left its mark, and the estate gradually came to symbolize the family's fascinating past.
In the 1790s, John Codman carried out extensive improvements to the original Georgian house and surrounding grounds. Sixty years later, his grandson updated the house in keeping with Victorian taste and filled the house with the finest New York furnishings. Today, the interiors are richly furnished with portraits, memorabilia, and art works collected in Europe, showing the decorative schemes of every era, including those of noted early twentieth-century interior designer Ogden Codman Jr.
The grounds feature a hidden turn-of-the-century Italian garden with perennial beds, statuary, and a reflecting pool filled with water lilies, as well as a 1930s English cottage garden.
Please visit nearby Gropius House.
Visit the Codman Estate
Second and fourth Saturdays, June 1 – October 15
11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Tours on the hour. Last tour at 4:00 p.m.
July 19, 2015: First-floor open house only with admission to Antique Auto Show
September 12, 2015: First-floor open house only with admission to Fine Arts and Crafts Festival
$2.50 for students
Free for Historic New England members and Lincoln residents. Become a member.
Location and directions
34 Codman Road
Lincoln, Mass. 01773
Directions: From Route I-95/Route 128, take Route 2 West 4.5 miles to Route 126 East past Walden Pond. Take the third left on Codman Road. Codman Estate is .5 miles on the left.
Parking: Parking is located adjacent to the main gate on the left.
Public Transportation: MBTA Commuter Rail on the Fitchburg Line to the Lincoln stop. Local taxi service is available from the train station to the house.
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Collections on Display
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Codman Family Manuscripts
John Codman Family Papers