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Enjoy winter with Historic New England

Dec 1, 2022

From historic house tours and snowy landscapes to special programs and events, celebrate the season with us.

Take a tour

Visit the Eustis Estate, Gropius House, and the Lyman Estate to discover three centuries of New England stories and style.

Just sixty years separates the 1878 Eustis Estate and 1938 Gropius House, yet they are worlds apart. The expansive Eustis Estate tells the stories of multiple generations of one family who called it home and the domestic staff and farmhands who made life at the estate possible. In contrast, Gropius House was built by Bauhaus founder Walter Gropius as the family home for his wife and partner Ise, and young daughter Ati. The two properties also showcase entirely different designs – one colorful and ornate, the other streamlined and modern.

At the elegant 1793 Lyman Estate dance is an ongoing theme. Step into the Federal ballroom where family lore states that the waltz was introduced to Boston society and look out onto the veranda where Jo and Laurie exuberantly danced in the 2019 film adaptation of Little Women.

And be sure to stop by the historic Lyman Estate Greenhouses — for a beautiful winter respite, to purchase plants, and get expert advice from our horticultural staff. Historic New England members receive 10% off all plant purchases.

Eustis Estate, Milton, Mass.

House on hill with snowy yard

The mansion is open for self-guided tours every Saturday and Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with guided tours at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m.

Learn more and reserve your tickets today.

Gropius House, Lincoln, Mass. 

Dining table in low light in Gropius House.

Guided tours are offered on Saturdays and Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 

Learn more and reserve your tickets today.

Lyman Estate, Waltham, Mass.

Tour the house on the first Saturday of the month. Tours at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., and noon.

Learn more and reserve your tickets today.

Lyman Estate Greenhouses are open and selling plants Tuesdays through Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Visit sites in all six states from your favorite spot at home

Make virtual visits across New England from your computer or mobile device, and stroll through the buildings, landscapes, and farmlands of Casey Farm, the Eustis Estate, Gropius House, Otis House, Roseland Cottage, Rundlet-May House, Sarah Orne Jewett House, and two neighborhoods in Vermont. Explore the web apps.

You can also immerse yourself in New England interior design styles with our 360° tours of Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, Browne House, the Lyman Estate, Merwin House, Quincy House, Rocky Hill Meeting House, and Swett-Ilsley House. Take a tour.

Stroll these winter landscapes

Exterior of Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm covered in snow.

Embrace the outdoors! Many of our landscapes and grounds are open to the public from dawn to dusk throughout the winter. Enjoy the beauty of the season at:

Watch our calendar for special programs and events throughout the season

Visit our Events page for continuously updated listings of special programs from holiday events and plants sale to performances and evening tours.