Author Archives: Diane Viera

New easement property designed by Royal Barry Wills Associates

Historic New England is excited to announce the preservation restriction on the Charles Wills House in Lynnfield, Mass. The house was designed as part of a twenty-seven-lot residential subdivision by the Royal Barry Wills Associates firm. It was built in 1974 by Charles Wills (son of Royal Barry Wills) for himself and his family. The […]

Henry Davis Sleeper: Obsessive Collector

The Beauport owner/designer curated each room to show off his aesthetic At Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, no two rooms are the same – the designer and owner, Henry Davis Sleeper, made sure of that. Sleeper’s curiosities, colored glass, folk art, china, and silhouettes make up a collection that fills each of Beauport’s forty rooms.  Sleeper purchased a […]

Nickels-Sortwell House now available for vacation rentals

Have you ever visited a Historic New England property and wished you could spend the night? Now, for the very first time, you can! We’re thrilled to announce that Nickels-Sortwell House, constructed in 1807 and located in the heart of Wiscasset, Maine, is available for vacation rentals. The rental can be booked via VRBO, HomeAway, […]

Video: The Lyman Estate Greenhouses are a year-round getaway just outside of Boston

The Lyman Estate Greenhouses are among the oldest surviving greenhouses in the United States.  Located in Waltham, Massachusetts, and open year round, the complex is a great place to visit to escape New England winters. The greenhouses include an 1804 grape house, 1820 camellia house, 1840 orchid house, and a 1930 sales greenhouse where […]

Support your passion by donating to a Historic New England project

Select a designated fund to help save and share New England’s past From preservation of buildings and landscapes, to conservation and digitization of unique collections, Historic New England is working to save the things that make our region special. As the end of the year approaches, we ask you to support one of the following […]

Video: Volunteers prepare Phillips House for holiday season

Volunteers with the Collections Care Corps cleaned glass, ceramics, and silver in the Phillips House dining room in preparation for the holiday season. Historic New England’s Volunteer Collections Care Corps meets about once a month to take on collections projects such as cleaning and housekeeping. This month, they cleaned objects at Phillips House in Salem, Massachusetts, […]

Finding connections between Isabella Stewart Gardner and Historic New England

We’re taking a closer look at Gardner’s relationships with Henry Davis Sleeper, Thomas Jefferson Coolidge, and Sarah Orne Jewett for #BostonInstaSwap Isabella Stewart Gardner was a leading Boston art collector and philanthropist who became friends with many noted artists and writers of the early twentieth century. She first visited Eastern Point in Gloucester, Mass., in […]

Video: Growing success at Historic New England’s most visited property

Casey Farm welcomed tens of thousands of visitors this year Located in Saunderstown, Rhode Island, Casey Farm has been in business since the eighteenth century, when it produced food for local and foreign markets. Today, it continues to serve the community through a Community Supported Agriculture program and weekly farmers’ market; tours of the historic farmhouse, […]

Video: See historic headgear put on display at the Eustis Estate

Installation team assembles a 34-inch bonnet at the Eustis Estate as part of Head to Toe: Hat and Shoe Fashions from Historic New England In preparation for the June 1 opening of Head to Toe, Historic New England’s team spent a whole day unfolding and propping up this calash, or large bonnet, at the Eustis Estate in […]

Video: Looking toward the future at Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm is a Newbury hotspot in the summer A family-friendly National Historic Landmark with activities for all ages, the 230-acre Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm includes a 1690 manor house and an attached farmhouse. This spring, summer, and fall, the farm hosted dozens of outdoor events, educational programs, and family-friendly festivals. More than 30,000 people in the […]