Historic New England

Historic New England Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. We preserve and share centuries of New England heritage through historic properties, collections, archives, education programs, and more.
Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. We preserve and share four centuries of New England heritage through historic properties, collections, archives, education programs, and historic preservation services.
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Historic New England operates thirty-seven historic properties open to the public. Open hours and prices vary, so please visit http://www.historicnewengland.org. Many of our properties also have their own pages, which we invite you to follow.

Mission: We serve the public by preserving and presenting New England heritage.

As a mining engineer, W.E.C. Eustis was an ardent adopter of new technology. A wind-powered electrical generator powered...
08/06/2019

As a mining engineer, W.E.C. Eustis was an ardent adopter of new technology. A wind-powered electrical generator powered the Eustis mansion before commercial electricity was available.

Join us next Friday, August 16, for a Technological Marvels Tour of the Eustis Estate – the tour looks at how technological advancements around the turn of the twentieth century affected the architecture and design of the house.

Learn more and buy tickets: https://my.historicnewengland.org/2779/4756

Check out this booklet from our collections, which describes tourist activities in Falmouth, Mass., for the week of Augu...
08/05/2019

Check out this booklet from our collections, which describes tourist activities in Falmouth, Mass., for the week of August 4 to 11, 1940. Offerings include 35-cent luncheons, an outdoor fencing tournament (entry fee, including “overnight hospitality”: $5), and Sunday evening artist recitals.

Explore more ephemera from our collections: https://www.historicnewengland.org/explore/collections-access/ephemera/

More than eighty contemporary sculptures by members of the New England Sculptors Association fill the grounds and three ...
08/02/2019

More than eighty contemporary sculptures by members of the New England Sculptors Association fill the grounds and three galleries on the second floor of the Eustis Estate as part of the exhibition “Changing Landscape.” Check out sculptures such as this one, “Sea Dance” by Maria Luongo.

Maria says: “‘Sea Dance’... attempts to capture the feeling of movement of the waves and the forms of shells... When completed the two forms seemed to dance alive. This sculpture is a continuation of my exploration of the beauty, power, and mystery of the sea.”

Learn more about some of the sculptors’ inspiration and process and listen to interviews on the Eustis Estate web app: http://eustis.estate/topic/exhibitions

Join us this month at Otis House Museum for a series of three Twilight Talks with the Victorian Society in America/New E...
08/02/2019
Historic New England Events

Join us this month at Otis House Museum for a series of three Twilight Talks with the Victorian Society in America/New England Chapter! Each Thursday, enjoy a courtyard reception in one of the oldest houses in Boston’s West End neighborhood followed by the talk.

August 6: All the Essentials: New England’s Multi-functional Opera Houses

August 13: Saloons, Cigars, and Shut Eye: A Revolutionary Look at the Paul Revere House

August 20: Common Scents: A Sensory Journey into the Victorian Brothel

More information and tickets: https://www.historicnewengland.org/visit/events/?keyword=twilight+talks

From outdoor festivals to hands-on workshops, have fun and learn at Historic New England events throughout the region. Browse the calendar and buy tickets.

We are excited to announce a new Everyone’s History project: “More than a Market: Finding Community in Burlington-Ar...
07/29/2019
Everyone's History | Historic New England

We are excited to announce a new Everyone’s History project: “More than a Market: Finding Community in Burlington-Area Immigrant Neighborhoods”! The project brings the immigration experience to life through the stories of past and present immigrant-owned neighborhood markets. Oral histories with descendants of earlier immigrants and present-day new Americans will provide content for an exhibition and walking tour, set to kick off in June 2021.

Learn more about “More than a Market”: https://www.historicnewengland.org/more-than-a-market/

And check out our past Everyone’s History projects: https://www.historicnewengland.org/explore/everyones-history/

Thank you to our partners and sponsors:
Preservation Burlington
Burlington Edible History Tour
AALV.Inc.
Burlington Parks, Recreation & Waterfront
Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation
The Preservation Trust of Vermont
Vermont Humanities Council
Northfield Savings Bank
Main Street Landing Performing Arts Center
Dealer.com

Historic New England partners with communities and organizations throughout the region to collect and share these stories. Is there an aspect of life in New England you think should be preserved and shared with future generations? Tell us about it.

Our next InstaSwap is coming up! Check our Instagram account next Tuesday to find out which historic house museum we're ...
07/26/2019

Our next InstaSwap is coming up! Check our Instagram account next Tuesday to find out which historic house museum we're swapping with: https://www.instagram.com/historicnewengland/

Can you guess from this picture?

Take a behind-the-scenes look at Beauport during a Nooks and Crannies specialty tour! Learn more about the objects Henry...
07/25/2019

Take a behind-the-scenes look at Beauport during a Nooks and Crannies specialty tour! Learn more about the objects Henry Davis Sleeper collected, like this amethyst vase in the Octagon Room. The room is home to Sleeper’s well-known amethyst glass display, and when the sun sets over Gloucester Harbor, the whole room glows.

Thank you to Instagram user Christopher Brown (@/followingfootprints) for this awesome photo!

Join us on August 1 or August 10 for the daytime tour, or visit after hours on August 22 and September 13 for Nooks at Night. More information and tickets: https://www.historicnewengland.org/visit/events/?keyword=nooks&start_date=2019-07-29

Meet the new artist-in-residence at Langdon House! Seth Berkowitz will work out of the South Lodge studio, open to visit...
07/24/2019

Meet the new artist-in-residence at Langdon House! Seth Berkowitz will work out of the South Lodge studio, open to visitors on Saturdays and Sundays through August 25. Professionally trained as an architect and landscape architect, Seth’s primary medium is now watercolor. His paintings explore light, atmosphere, transparency, and luminosity.

Participate in a Watercolor Workshop with Seth on Saturday, August 10 at 10:00 a.m.: https://my.historicnewengland.org/2804/6135

Learn more about the Langdon House artist-in-residence program and the exhibition “Reality, Abstraction, and the Artist’s Eye”: https://www.historicnewengland.org/meet-the-new-artist-in-residence-at-langdon-house/

Happy National Vanilla Ice Cream Day! This photo from our collections was taken at the Topsfield Fair in 1933. Crowds pa...
07/23/2019

Happy National Vanilla Ice Cream Day! This photo from our collections was taken at the Topsfield Fair in 1933. Crowds pass by the Frozen Delight stand, which advertises five-cent cones.

Check out more photographs from our collections: https://www.historicnewengland.org/explore/collections-access/

What’s more fun than seeing an outdoor movie on a warm summer night? Join us this Thursday for Movies at the Mansion a...
07/22/2019

What’s more fun than seeing an outdoor movie on a warm summer night? Join us this Thursday for Movies at the Mansion at the Lyman Estate! Have a picnic, buy popcorn, or explore the 1793 mansion. This week’s movie will be the classic “Meet Me in St. Louis,” starring Judy Garland.

Movies at the Mansion are free and open to the public. Learn more at https://my.historicnewengland.org/2808/4753

Our historic landscapes are fun for the whole family to explore — even furry friends! Thanks to @/KatieHoganOConnor an...
07/19/2019

Our historic landscapes are fun for the whole family to explore — even furry friends! Thanks to @/KatieHoganOConnor and @/GuideDog_OHara on Instagram for these photos from Hamilton House and the Eustis Estate.

Follow us on Instagram and tag us for a chance to be featured on our feeds! https://www.instagram.com/historicnewengland/

Thanks to The Boston Globe for featuring Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House in this article!
07/18/2019
Gloucester: From harbor walks to eclectic shops - The Boston Globe

Thanks to The Boston Globe for featuring Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House in this article!

A sunny July day just begs for a trip to the ocean. The North Shore offers many fine seaside communities, but Gloucester — “Americas Oldest Seaport” — was my choice.

See more than 200 classic and antique autos, trucks, and motorcycles from all over New England this Sunday at the 35th A...
07/16/2019

See more than 200 classic and antique autos, trucks, and motorcycles from all over New England this Sunday at the 35th Annual Codman Estate Antique Auto and Classic Car Show! Stop by from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for entertainment, food, and tours of the Codman Estate.

Learn more: https://my.historicnewengland.org/2764/3164

Stop by Casey Farm to see a new display in collaboration with the Tomaquag Museum! “Walking in their Footsteps at Case...
07/15/2019
Indigenous art and artifacts on view at Casey Farm | Historic New England

Stop by Casey Farm to see a new display in collaboration with the Tomaquag Museum! “Walking in their Footsteps at Casey Farm” combines older artifacts discovered at the property with contemporary work by Indigenous artists. The items help us tell a broader story of the area’s history and the cultivation of land from multiple perspectives.

Plan your visit today: https://www.historicnewengland.org/indigenous-art-and-artifacts-on-view-at-casey-farm/

In addition to portraits and photographs of the Casey family, the display in the farm’s museum room now combines older artifacts discovered at the property with contemporary work by Indigenous artists affiliated with the Tomaquag Museum. The 200-year-old shoe soles pictured above were found in the...

Did you know you can buy plants to take home at the Lyman Estate Greenhouses? Our expert horticultural staff can offer a...
07/12/2019

Did you know you can buy plants to take home at the Lyman Estate Greenhouses? Our expert horticultural staff can offer advice and assistance with plant selection.

Thank you to Instagram user Shawna Cross for these beautiful photos! Tag your photos #HistoricNewEngland for a chance to be featured on our feeds.

Plan your visit to the Lyman Estate Greenhouses: https://www.historicnewengland.org/property/lyman-estate-greenhouses/

Join us on July 25 for an exclusive look inside a busy conservation lab! Start with a tour of our storage facility, then...
07/11/2019

Join us on July 25 for an exclusive look inside a busy conservation lab! Start with a tour of our storage facility, then see the current conservation work being done on objects from the eighteenth through twentieth centuries to ready them for exhibitions. See how gilded frames are made and learn about options for conservation treatment and the ethics and training of art conservation.

The tour of our Haverhill facility starts at 1:00 p.m. More information and tickets: https://my.historicnewengland.org/2797/3155

Walter and Ise Gropius were known for hosting fun, creative parties that attracted the who’s who of the twentieth cent...
07/10/2019

Walter and Ise Gropius were known for hosting fun, creative parties that attracted the who’s who of the twentieth century -- such as Frank Lloyd Wright, Le Corbusier, and Joan Miró, to name a few. Share in the festive spirit at our 1960s theme party at Gropius House, Hip Sips! Come dressed in your most fabulous outfits to enjoy live music and refreshments (including Gropius House Cider from Shacksbury!), plus an evening tour.

Hip Sips is on Friday, August 2, at 7:00 p.m. More info and tickets: https://my.historicnewengland.org/2791/4741

Sponsored by Ruhl Studio Architects.

Have you seen our new exhibition “Changing Landscape: Sculpture at the Eustis Estate” yet? Join us this summer for a...
07/09/2019

Have you seen our new exhibition “Changing Landscape: Sculpture at the Eustis Estate” yet? Join us this summer for a series of special tours in conjunction with the exhibition. This Sunday at 10:00 a.m., explore the grounds of the estate in a new way with a guided tour of the outdoor sculptures included in the exhibition.

See a complete list of events related to the exhibition, including more Sculpture Walks and a family-friendly tour and craft day: https://www.historicnewengland.org/changing-landscape-sculpture-at-the-eustis-estate/

Pictured: Gilbert Boro, “Ball, Beams & Curves IV/9 Violet Blue”

Celebrate a summer evening with a garden party at Roseland Cottage! Join us on Saturday, July 27, for Party at the Pink ...
07/08/2019

Celebrate a summer evening with a garden party at Roseland Cottage! Join us on Saturday, July 27, for Party at the Pink House, benefiting the preservation of historic Roseland Cottage and its unique landscape. Enjoy food and drink and live music, and get an after-hours look inside the house to unmask its hidden treasures and secrets.

Tickets: https://my.historicnewengland.org/2837/4974

Come join the party next Thursday at Brew with a View at Castle Tucker! Enjoy spectacular views, local craft beer from O...
07/05/2019

Come join the party next Thursday at Brew with a View at Castle Tucker! Enjoy spectacular views, local craft beer from Oxbow Brewing Company, and delectable hors d’oeuvres from Sarah’s Café while helping to save one of Maine’s historical treasures.

All proceeds will be used to pay for preservation work at Castle Tucker, located in Wiscasset, Maine. Buy tickets: https://my.historicnewengland.org/2756/4891

Thank you to @/aimeekeithan on Instagram for today’s fan photo! Tag your posts #HistoricNewEngland for a chance to be featured on our feed.

Happy Fourth of July! This photo from our collections shows the Fourth of July celebrations in North Danville, Vermont, ...
07/04/2019

Happy Fourth of July! This photo from our collections shows the Fourth of July celebrations in North Danville, Vermont, in 1952.

See more from the Verner Reed photographic collection: http://bit.ly/2X7Cfwi

Feast for the Farms at Casey Farm is in just three weeks! Join us on July 27 for a festive evening of farm-to-table dini...
07/03/2019

Feast for the Farms at Casey Farm is in just three weeks! Join us on July 27 for a festive evening of farm-to-table dining with a view of Narrangansett Bay. Enjoy Rhode Island oysters, summertime cocktails, games, and live music. All proceeds benefit Casey and Watson Farms.

Learn more and buy tickets: https://www.historicnewengland.org/get-involved/donate/join-us-feast-farms/

Have you seen the new exhibition “Over the Clothesline: Fashion Inspired by Historic New England Photographs” at the...
07/02/2019

Have you seen the new exhibition “Over the Clothesline: Fashion Inspired by Historic New England Photographs” at the Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center yet? The show features the work of seven fashion and conceptual artists from Maine and New Hampshire who created contemporary designs inspired by images from our vast photography collection.

“Over the Clothesline” is on display Fridays through Sundays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and runs through November 2. Learn more and plan your visit: https://www.historicnewengland.org/over-the-clothesline-on-display-at-jewett-visitor-center/

Pictured: “Ellida Maryn” by Anne Collins

Walk in the footsteps of our nation’s first President this Saturday at Governor John Langdon House! See Portsmouth loc...
07/01/2019

Walk in the footsteps of our nation’s first President this Saturday at Governor John Langdon House! See Portsmouth locations Washington saw during his visit in 1789. Also, check out our new exhibition with the New England Watercolor Society on the first floor of the house.

Walk with Washington is this Saturday, July 6, at 11:00 a.m. More info and tickets: https://my.historicnewengland.org/2804/4728

Our Sundays in the Garden Concert Series at Hamilton House starts next weekend! Enjoy some of the Seacoast region’s mo...
06/28/2019

Our Sundays in the Garden Concert Series at Hamilton House starts next weekend! Enjoy some of the Seacoast region’s most popular musical performers in one of its loveliest settings.

Join us for the first installment on Sunday, July 7, at 5:00 p.m. for a performance by Sharon Jones. Learn more, see a list of other performances, and buy tickets at https://www.historicnewengland.org/visit/events/?keyword=sundays+in+the+garden&start_date=2019-06-30

Thank you to The Historic New England Project for these photos of the Hamilton House gardens!

Want to learn more about one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods this Fourth of July? Come to our Beacon Hill Treasures W...
06/26/2019

Want to learn more about one of Boston’s oldest neighborhoods this Fourth of July? Come to our Beacon Hill Treasures Walking Tour! Explore Beacon Hill’s most iconic spots, including the gold-domed State House, fashionable Louisburg Square, the oldest black church in America, quaint Acorn Street, and more.

Tours take place at 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and meet at Otis House. Learn more and buy tickets: https://my.historicnewengland.org/2818/4727

June is Pride Month, and this week marks fifty years since the Stonewall Riots helped launch the gay liberation movement...
06/25/2019

June is Pride Month, and this week marks fifty years since the Stonewall Riots helped launch the gay liberation movement. Experience a piece of LGBTQ+ history this summer with Pride Tours at Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House.

Beauport tells the story of a gay man in the early twentieth century: celebrated interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper. Tour the house to learn about Sleeper’s family and friends, and hear readings from the few surviving books, letters, and diaries written by Sleeper and his social circle.

Beauport Pride Tours take place on Saturdays, June 29, July 20, and August 9. More information and tickets: https://www.historicnewengland.org/visit/events/?keyword=pride+tour

Our exhibition “Changing Landscape: Sculpture at the Eustis Estate” is now open! Visit the Eustis Estate in Milton, ...
06/24/2019
Changing Landscape: Sculpture at the Eustis Estate | Historic New England

Our exhibition “Changing Landscape: Sculpture at the Eustis Estate” is now open! Visit the Eustis Estate in Milton, Mass., now through October 13 to see more than eighty contemporary sculptures by New England artists.

Make sure to tag your photos with #EustisSculpture on Instagram for a chance to be featured on our feed!

Learn more about the exhibition at https://www.historicnewengland.org/changing-landscape-sculpture-at-the-eustis-estate/

Historic New England and New England Sculptors Association (NESA) present Changing Landscape: Sculpture at the Eustis Estate from Saturday, June 22, through Sunday, October 13, 2019.

Our new sculpture exhibition at the Eustis Estate opens this weekend! “Changing Landscape: Sculpture at the Eustis Est...
06/20/2019
Changing Landscape: Sculpture at the Eustis Estate | Historic New England

Our new sculpture exhibition at the Eustis Estate opens this weekend! “Changing Landscape: Sculpture at the Eustis Estate” will be on view from Saturday, June 22 through Sunday, October 13. More than eighty contemporary sculptures by members of the New England Sculptors Association fill the grounds and the three galleries on the second floor at the estate.

Make sure to tag your posts from the exhibition with #EustisSculpture for a chance to be featured on our feed!

See a list of artists, buy tickets to programs related to the exhibition, and more: https://www.historicnewengland.org/changing-landscape-sculpture-at-the-eustis-estate/

Pictured: Shawn Farrell, “Nigella Damascena/Love In A Mist,” steel and paint

Historic New England and New England Sculptors Association (NESA) present Changing Landscape: Sculpture at the Eustis Estate from Saturday, June 22, through Sunday, October 13, 2019.

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