Cogswell's Grant

Cogswell's Grant Open Saturdays and Sundays in 2021, June 5 – October 17, 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Closed July 4. Advance timed tickets required for tours. Grounds open year-round, dawn till dusk, leashed dogs welcome.

Historic New England members tour for free. Cogswell's Grant was the summer home of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little, preeminent collectors of American folk art in the mid 20th century. In 1937, the Littles purchased this 18th-century farmhouse overlooking the Essex River as a family retreat and place to entertain. They restored it carefully, preserving original 18th-century finishes and carefu

Historic New England members tour for free. Cogswell's Grant was the summer home of Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little, preeminent collectors of American folk art in the mid 20th century. In 1937, the Littles purchased this 18th-century farmhouse overlooking the Essex River as a family retreat and place to entertain. They restored it carefully, preserving original 18th-century finishes and carefu

Operating as usual

Our final museum tours of the season may be happening this weekend, but plein air painters are welcome all year long at ...
10/16/2021
Slow River Studio - Adult Art Classes

Our final museum tours of the season may be happening this weekend, but plein air painters are welcome all year long at Cogswell’s Grant! We’re so pleased to be featured in the The Boston Globe when Slow River Studio was painting here. Look for more sketching and painting programs with Slow River’s Jessie Yurwitz next spring here at Cogswell’s Grant!

Drawing, painting and creativity classes for adult beginners. We offer plein air painting, outdoor nature sketching and private sketching tours in warmer months. We specialize in small group instruction and individual coaching with classes outdoors, online and in our beautiful studio in Essex, MA.

Only two more weekends of museum tours at Cogswell's Grant this fall! Saturdays and Sundays, October 9-10 and 16-17, we ...
10/07/2021

Only two more weekends of museum tours at Cogswell's Grant this fall! Saturdays and Sundays, October 9-10 and 16-17, we will be giving house tours on the hour from 11am - 3pm, and then closing for the season until June 1st, 2022. Please check our website for availability, because advance ticket sales now mean some tours may already be sold out: https://my.historicnewengland.org/11696/13202

Only two more weekends of museum tours at Cogswell's Grant this fall! Saturdays and Sundays, October 9-10 and 16-17, we will be giving house tours on the hour from 11am - 3pm, and then closing for the season until June 1st, 2022. Please check our website for availability, because advance ticket sales now mean some tours may already be sold out: https://my.historicnewengland.org/11696/13202

08/22/2021

"Better safe than sorry" is our motto today!
Cogswell's Grant will be closing early at 12 noon.
See you next weekend!

We are tracking the course of Henri and will let you know if we decide we need to close the house for tours on Sunday. S...
08/21/2021

We are tracking the course of Henri and will let you know if we decide we need to close the house for tours on Sunday. Stay safe, everyone!

We are tracking the course of Henri and will let you know if we decide we need to close the house for tours on Sunday. Stay safe, everyone!

Cogswell's Grant had a beautiful opening day for museum tours today!  It's been many, many months since we last hosted v...
06/05/2021

Cogswell's Grant had a beautiful opening day for museum tours today! It's been many, many months since we last hosted visitors indoors, so we were all excited to see people and share the house again. Come visit us on Saturdays or Sundays, 11am - 3pm, tours on the hour. Advance tickets are still required; please click here for availability: https://my.historicnewengland.org/11696/12175

Cogswell's Grant had a beautiful opening day for museum tours today! It's been many, many months since we last hosted visitors indoors, so we were all excited to see people and share the house again. Come visit us on Saturdays or Sundays, 11am - 3pm, tours on the hour. Advance tickets are still required; please click here for availability: https://my.historicnewengland.org/11696/12175

Finally our main parking lot is getting some love!  Have you been wondering what has been going on at Cogswell's Grant? ...
05/24/2021

Finally our main parking lot is getting some love! Have you been wondering what has been going on at Cogswell's Grant? Those who visit us regularly (especially in muddy seasons) will be excited to hear that we are laying down an under-surface which will prevent cars from sinking into and getting stuck in mud, while allowing the grass to grow and be mowed, and allowing the field to still look like a field. We are also making some new openings in the stone wall to increase safety and accessibility.

Please, visitors, obey all signage and park only in marked areas. If signage indicates that the site is closed on a particular day, please choose another day to visit rather than moving barriers to enter. If you are walking near the work area, please exercise caution. Finally, please LEASH ALL DOGS. This is not only for their safety during construction; it is our policy at all times.

Thank you for your cooperation!

Finally our main parking lot is getting some love! Have you been wondering what has been going on at Cogswell's Grant? Those who visit us regularly (especially in muddy seasons) will be excited to hear that we are laying down an under-surface which will prevent cars from sinking into and getting stuck in mud, while allowing the grass to grow and be mowed, and allowing the field to still look like a field. We are also making some new openings in the stone wall to increase safety and accessibility.

Please, visitors, obey all signage and park only in marked areas. If signage indicates that the site is closed on a particular day, please choose another day to visit rather than moving barriers to enter. If you are walking near the work area, please exercise caution. Finally, please LEASH ALL DOGS. This is not only for their safety during construction; it is our policy at all times.

Thank you for your cooperation!

🎉 We are excited to finally welcome you back through the doors of our historic homes and farms!Tickets are now on sale f...
05/07/2021

🎉 We are excited to finally welcome you back through the doors of our historic homes and farms!
Tickets are now on sale for tours at Cogswell's Grant, Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, and many more. Flip through this helpful reopening guide to see all the sites you can enjoy once again starting this May.
Please note that safety protocols remain in place. All guests must wear a face mask, maintain six feet of social distance, and purchase advance tickets for these limited capacity tours.
🎟️ Get tickets for all house tours at https://www.historicnewengland.org/.../homes-farms.../.

🎉 We are excited to finally welcome you back through the doors of our historic homes and farms!
Tickets are now on sale for tours at Cogswell's Grant, Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, and many more. Flip through this helpful reopening guide to see all the sites you can enjoy once again starting this May.
Please note that safety protocols remain in place. All guests must wear a face mask, maintain six feet of social distance, and purchase advance tickets for these limited capacity tours.
🎟️ Get tickets for all house tours at https://www.historicnewengland.org/.../homes-farms.../.

Cogswell's Grant is so excited to announce that Kite Day 2021 is ON!!Attendance will of course be limited this year, but...
03/26/2021

Cogswell's Grant is so excited to announce that Kite Day 2021 is ON!!

Attendance will of course be limited this year, but we will still be able to offer kite building workshops courtesy of Blue Hill Observatory and Science Center, and displays by kite flyers from Kites Over New England.

Save the date for Saturday, April 17th, 10am-4pm, and look for our official event posting, coming soon, which will have a link to our website where you can reserve timed (free) tickets.

Cogswell's Grant is so excited to announce that Kite Day 2021 is ON!!

Attendance will of course be limited this year, but we will still be able to offer kite building workshops courtesy of Blue Hill Observatory and Science Center, and displays by kite flyers from Kites Over New England.

Save the date for Saturday, April 17th, 10am-4pm, and look for our official event posting, coming soon, which will have a link to our website where you can reserve timed (free) tickets.

We are so very sorry to relay this news of the passing of Gabriella Herrmann, leader of Herrmanns' Royal Lipizzan Stalli...
03/17/2021
Gabriella Herrmann, who carried on the tradition of the Lipizzan stallions, has died

We are so very sorry to relay this news of the passing of Gabriella Herrmann, leader of Herrmanns' Royal Lipizzan Stallions, who entertained thousands of visitors here at Cogswell’s Grant between 2009 and 2018.
The performances of the horses and riders were spectacular, but we also enjoyed having the HRLS family stay here on the farm. The whole troupe were always wonderful guests, and Gabby was a joy to work with. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.

Gabriella Herrmann, who led Herrmann’s Royal Lipizzaner Stallions since 2004, has died at 66.

02/16/2021
What's happening this winter at Historic New England | Historic New England

Spend your winter with Historic New England! Between house tours, open landscapes, and a lineup of events for the New Year, we have in-person and virtual offerings for everyone.
Safety remains our priority. All guests must wear a mask. Events have limited capacity and are optimized for social distancing.
Visit https://www.historicnewengland.org/whats-happening-this-winter/ to see our full lineup of what’s open through the rest of the winter season.

Eustis Estate, Milton, Mass.: Open for self-guided tours every Saturday and Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., with one guided tour per day at 10:00 a.m. See the exhibition Artful Stories: Paintings from Historic New England as part of the tour experience. Plus, view the estate decorated for a ...

Friends, just a reminder that dogs need to remain leashed while enjoying the landscape at Cogswell's Grant.  While we un...
09/15/2020

Friends, just a reminder that dogs need to remain leashed while enjoying the landscape at Cogswell's Grant.

While we understand that our enforcement of this policy is new to some of our landscape users, we need to respect the feelings of all those who visit our site, including those who are not comfortable around off-leash dogs.

We ask you to obey this policy and our signage, and to please be considerate of each other as we welcome you to our property.

To learn more, please visit: https://www.historicnewengland.org/visit/homes-farms-landscapes/land-management-and-use-at-cogswells-grant/?fbclid=IwAR16EMyecEl0QT5Rn7cmbtG-kzAFZAcgioZ_9sHp1APIFs5-1aZVqUYkWsk

Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House will open for tours this weekend!  Also five of Historic New England's other house mu...
07/14/2020

Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House will open for tours this weekend! Also five of Historic New England's other house museums. Please remember, you must book your tour in advance online. Head to our website to learn more about your visit.

Last week, we announced that we were reopening two of our properties for house tours. Today, we're announcing the reopening of four more! In addition to the Eustis Estate and Gropius House, the following historic house museums will now be open for tours:
🏠 Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House
🏠 Castle Tucker
🏠 Hamilton House
🏠 Roseland Cottage

While we are excited to welcome you back to many of our properties, health and safety remain our top priority. We have revised tour routes and implemented new requirements for the safety of our staff and visitors. In compliance with CDC safety guidelines, we require face coverings and social distancing for all visitors and staff. Hand sanitizer is available. Enhanced cleaning and disinfectant measures are in place.

Tickets must be purchased online in advance. Please visit https://www.historicnewengland.org/historic-new-england-opens-several-more-sites-for-house-tours/ to view a full list of safety requirements and to get your tickets.

07/06/2020
Land Management and Use at Cogswell's Grant | Historic New England

With 1,284 acres of farmland, meadows, fields, forests, and gardens, Historic New England is constantly managing use of outdoor resources. Effective land management requires a balance among conservation, recreation, preservation, and agricultural practices. We are committed to all four aspects of caring for and sharing our land today and for the future. Click here to learn more:

Our conservation practices evolve as we continue to research, learn, and engage with professional colleagues to understand best practices that ensure the sustainability of land and wildlife in our care.

We hope you will come enjoy our landscape this season, though the house museum will sadly need to remain closed.
07/06/2020

We hope you will come enjoy our landscape this season, though the house museum will sadly need to remain closed.

NEW CORONAVIRUS UPDATE (6/11/20):Twelve of our beautiful historic landscapes are officially open. The historic house mus...
06/11/2020
Historic New England opens twelve landscapes in five states | Historic New England

NEW CORONAVIRUS UPDATE (6/11/20):

Twelve of our beautiful historic landscapes are officially open. The historic house museums, outbuildings, museum shops, and public restrooms remain temporarily closed. See a full list of open landscapes and more details at https://www.historicnewengland.org/historic-new-england-opens-twelve-landscapes-in-five-states/.

In addition to reopening some of our landscapes, we are scheduling new ticketed events. Many of these events take place outside and will enforce health and safety protocols. Visit https://www.historicnewengland.org/visit/events/ to view our event lineup.

Our priority is the safety and well-being of our staff, visitors, and the communities in which we live and work. For our full statement with more information, including ways to experience history at home, please visit https://www.historicnewengland.org/historic-new-englands-response-to-coronavirus.

Under Phase II of the Governor's plan, we are happy to officially reopen the grounds at Cogswell's Grant! Please note th...
06/08/2020

Under Phase II of the Governor's plan, we are happy to officially reopen the grounds at Cogswell's Grant!

Please note that only the grounds of Cogswell’s Grant are open to the public, daily from dawn to dusk. Please visit in a group no larger than ten, wear a face covering, keep your dogs leashed, and maintain at least six feet of distance from others. There is no charge to explore the landscape but we hope you will consider making a donation or becoming a member: https://my.historicnewengland.org/donate/q/annual-fund

How's this for a good outdoor social distancing activity? A beautiful spring painting by Cape Ann artist Marianne Thomps...
05/18/2020

How's this for a good outdoor social distancing activity? A beautiful spring painting by Cape Ann artist Marianne Thompson, who has led plein air painting workshops at Cogswell's Grant in recent years. We look forward to the time when we can safely resume some of these fun and inspirational programs.

Though Historic New England sites must remain closed for now, animal life continues! We need assistance for the care and...
05/07/2020

Though Historic New England sites must remain closed for now, animal life continues! We need assistance for the care and feeding of the animals on our historic farms, now more than ever.
Join the Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury for a livestream of Hugo the sheep's first shearing, next Wednesday, May 13th! Register for free to watch, or even better, donate to sponsor food, supplies, and veterinarian fees for our special farm friends:
https://my.historicnewengland.org/6863/10295?fbclid=IwAR3cz0LoPNkzapY0JTsw0QICL_JGhJKWbD3Z2v0HqAaCVKQSBMXQ-hmVIyE

As Historic New England says farewell to Carl Nold, our president retiring after 17 years,  join us in welcoming new pre...
05/02/2020

As Historic New England says farewell to Carl Nold, our president retiring after 17 years, join us in welcoming new president, Vin Cipolla!

We’ve got some important news! 📰 We are excited to announce that Vin Cipolla has been named the new President and CEO of Historic New England. A nationally recognized leader in the arts, preservation, and environmental advocacy, Cipolla has served as chairman, president, and CEO at public and private organizations in New York, Washington D.C., Boston, and London. He will begin his new position on Monday, 6/1.

“As a native New Englander, and as a person devoted to the advancement of preservation, sustainability, and our shared cultural heritage, I couldn’t be more thrilled to be joining Historic New England, especially at a time when the principles and tools of preservation, sustainable design, and thoughtful planning are needed more than ever,” said Cipolla.

We thank Carl R. Nold for his seventeen-year tenure as President and CEO of Historic New England, and we look forward to where Vin Cipolla will lead us next. Read more at https://www.historicnewengland.org/historic-new-england-names-vin-cipolla-next-president-and-ceo/.

How many million Aprils camebefore I ever knewhow white a cherry bough could be,a bed of squills, how blue-  Sara Teasda...
04/01/2020

How many million Aprils came
before I ever knew
how white a cherry bough could be,
a bed of squills, how blue

- Sara Teasdale, Blue Squills, 1920

03/20/2020
Historic New England's response to coronavirus | Historic New England

NEW CORONAVIRUS UPDATE (4/2/20):

All Historic New England sites are temporarily closed due to the coronavirus pandemic until further notice.

In addition to closing for regular hours, we are continuing to cancel or postpone ticketed events on a rolling basis. Ticketholders will be contacted as soon as possible when an event is canceled or postponed. For more information, please email [email protected] or call 617-994-6679.

Our priority is the safety and well-being of our staff, visitors, and the communities in which we live and work. For our full statement with more information, including ways to experience history at home, please visit https://www.historicnewengland.org/historic-new-englands-response-to-coronavirus/.

The Historic New England museums that are open to the public year round (Gropius House, Eustis Estate, Lyman Estate and Greenhouses, Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center) will be closed until Friday, April 10, or the next regularly scheduled open date thereafter. Up-to-date information....

We are sorry to report that, based on the CDC recommendations to limit gatherings and events to 50 people or less for th...
03/16/2020

We are sorry to report that, based on the CDC recommendations to limit gatherings and events to 50 people or less for the next eight weeks, Kite Day at Cogswell's Grant on April 18th will have to be cancelled.

That being said, landscape users are always welcome at Cogswell's Grant, from dawn till dusk, and there is no reason why you should not take advantage of our great open spaces to fly your own kites this spring! Provided, of course, you continue to practice good social distancing. Our 165 acres should give everyone plenty of room to keep six feet away from each other!

Thanks for your understanding, and we wish everyone well in these difficult times.

03/13/2020
Historic New England's response to coronavirus | Historic New England

New update: Historic New England sites will now be closed until April 10. Please see the link here for more information:

The Historic New England museums that are open to the public year round (Gropius House, Eustis Estate, Lyman Estate and Greenhouses, Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center) will be closed until Friday, April 10, or the next regularly scheduled open date thereafter. Up-to-date information....

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Confused...ARE you open for dog walks/runs? YES or NO?
Please find a way to stop mowing over nests of bobolinks and meadowlarks (both threatened species). The descriptions of birds standing on their mowed over nesting sites agitated and crying are horrific. You can’t just look the other way.
I would like to say "Thank You" for the invitation to paint on your beautiful property today. The grounds are wonderful with barns, rock walls and breathtaking views of the marsh. The tour thru the house was spectacular. Loved all the antiques and folk art. Everyone there was so nice and very knowledgeable. I will be back to paint again and please keep my information regarding any future painting events.