Let Historic New England be your 2019 holiday gift guide

Dec 12, 2019

Check out our great gift ideas for the history-loving people in your life so you can tick holiday shopping off your to-do list and enjoy the last few weeks of the season.


1. Everything for the Garden

Everything for the Garden, by Judith B. Tankard, Richard C. Nylander, Alan Emmet, and Virginia Lopez Begg, is the newest book in the Historic New England book series. It celebrates the aesthetic and literary beauty of gardening, with colorful illustrations from our archival collection and descriptions of gardens past and present. The perfect gift for anyone with a green thumb, it’s Boston Globe “Ask the Gardener” columnist Carol Stocker’s pick “for the design buff” this holiday season. Buy a copy today

Guests in the dining room at Gropius House

2. Gift Membership

Need a meaningful gift for your favorite history buff? This holiday season, we’re offering memberships given as gifts at a $10 discount. A Historic New England gift membership includes free admission to dozens of New England’s most beautiful historic properties. Members also receive Historic New England magazine, free or discounted tickets to events, a museum shop discount, and more. Plus, a membership helps save and share New England’s past for future generations.

Outside view of Nickels-Sortwell House in the summer

3. Rent Nickels-Sortwell House for your next vacation

If you’ve ever wanted to experience living in a historic home for real, now you can. Nickels-Sortwell House, a Federal-style mansion stylistically influenced by shipbuilding and maritime trade from the early 1800s, is available for vacation rentals throughout the year. Treat your loved one to a night at the museum in this Wiscasset, Maine, property and get a private tour to boot.

Book through Airbnb, VRBO, or HomeAway.