Stewardship Easement Program
Historic New England works with concerned historic property owners to ensure that their historic houses and landscapes are protected from insensitive alterations or neglect. The more than eighty properties currently protected through preservation easements with Historic New England reflect a range of architectural styles and time periods in rural, suburban, and urban locations.
In 1773, Captain John Ames began producing shovels in West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, and by 1803, his son, Oliver Ames, established a company town at North Easton to support the shovel manufactory. The business continued to grow with the following two generations of Ames sons and became particularly profitable during the Civil War as a result of defense contracts with the Union Army. Sixty percent of worldwide shovel manufacturing was happening at the Ames Shovel Works by 1870. As their wealth and status grew, the Ames family became major investors in mining, the railroad, and western expansion. Between 1877 and 1890, the Oliver Ames Free Library, Oakes Ames Memorial Hall, Old Colony Railroad Station, and the Gate Lodge, all designed by renowned American architect Henry Hobson Richardson, were commissioned by third generation Ames businessman, Frederick Lothrop Ames (1835-1893), and his cousins.
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Historic New England does not currently protect any properties through preservation easements in Vermont. We are interested in working with Vermont homeowners concerned about the preservation of their property.
For additional details and information about the Stewardship Easement Program, contact us at 617-994-6642 or via e-mail.