Swett-Ilsley House

Swett-Ilsley House In 1911, Swett-Ilsley House became the first property acquired by Historic New England, just a year after its founding. The original portion, built in 1670 by Stephen Swett, was one room deep, and later additions more than doubled the size of the house.

Over the centuries, the building served as a tavern, chocolate shop, chandlery, and press room, in part due to its location on Newbury's most traveled road. Swett-Ilsley House had been brought to the attention of Historic New England founder William Sumner Appleton by an acquaintance who believed it to be one of the oldest surviving houses in the region. After the house was acquired for $2,400, ni

Over the centuries, the building served as a tavern, chocolate shop, chandlery, and press room, in part due to its location on Newbury's most traveled road. Swett-Ilsley House had been brought to the attention of Historic New England founder William Sumner Appleton by an acquaintance who believed it to be one of the oldest surviving houses in the region. After the house was acquired for $2,400, ni

Operating as usual

The Swett-Ilsley House will remain closed to the public for the 2021 season.For information about private tours, please ...
06/29/2021

The Swett-Ilsley House will remain closed to the public for the 2021 season.

For information about private tours, please call 978-462-2634.

The Swett-Ilsley House will remain closed to the public for the 2021 season.

For information about private tours, please call 978-462-2634.

We are excited to finally welcome you back through the doors of our historic homes and farms!Tickets are now on sale for...
05/06/2021
Homes, Farms & Landscapes | Historic New England

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 Roseland Cottage; Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House; Hamilton 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.../.

A time capsule of Victorian taste Wiscasset, Maine Dramatically sited on a hill overlooking the Sheepscot River, Castle Tucker tells the story of a prominent shipping family’s life on the coast of Maine over a period of 150 years. From 1858 until the end of the twentieth century, both the Tucker f...

Swett-Ilsley House's cover photo
03/23/2020

Swett-Ilsley House's cover photo

03/23/2020
Historic New England's response to coronavirus | 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.

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....

Days open for the 2019 season at Swett-Ilsley HouseFirst Saturday of the month June - October11am - 3pmInterior Staircas...
05/01/2019

Days open for the 2019 season at Swett-Ilsley House

First Saturday of the month
June - October
11am - 3pm

Interior Staircase photo © Sara Willman

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm
10/31/2018

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm

This past Sunday October 28th, 55 friends, old and new, tip-toed around the First Parish Burying Ground, Swett-Ilsley House and the Coffin House at our Cradle to the Grave event. A wonderful time was had by all as we discussed many of the first European settlers of our area (the Coffins and the Sewalls to name a few 🙂). Thank you to Ipswich Ale Brewery for providing a refreshing oatmeal stout and to Tendercrop Farm for donated cider donuts for our guests to enjoy.

Tristram Coffin's resting place © Sara Willman Photo

Thank you to all our wonderful friends who joined us this year. We hope to see you again next year ! :)
10/30/2018

Thank you to all our wonderful friends who joined us this year. We hope to see you again next year ! :)

Tales and Ales 2018 © Sara Willman Photo

Swett- Ilsley House is open for free tours from 11am-3pm this Saturday - June 2nd for Historic New England Open House Da...
06/01/2018

Swett- Ilsley House is open for free tours from 11am-3pm this Saturday - June 2nd for Historic New England Open House Day.

Come see the early 18th century version of a commercial kitchen and one of the biggest fireplaces in New England.

All of the area Historic New England properties are open for free tours on Saturday - pack a lunch and join us.

To become a member and tour all of the Historic New England properties for free all year:

http://shop.historicnewengland.org/Membership-General-Memberships-8/?sort=price&order=

Thank you to all of our friends who joined us for multiple nights of sold out Tales and Ales at Swett-Ilsley House!We ha...
05/19/2018

Thank you to all of our friends who joined us for multiple nights of sold out Tales and Ales at Swett-Ilsley House!

We had such a great time with every one who joined us and have to thank the many folks who help make these nights special.

James Dorau and Ipswich Ale Brewery who outdid themselves, bringing casks with wonderfully varied hop flavors. The hit of the weekend was the Summer Ale, flavored with citra hops and lime peel.

Susan Hoffman... she brings her twinkle and flair to our tavern with her decorating skills.

Bucciarelli's Butcher Shop & Deliwhose roasted vegetables were delicious and prepared with love and dedication. We know you could skimp on the pricey stuff- the asparagus and broccoli and other carefully chosen vegetables but you never do.

The O' Carolan Etc for providing the beautiful 17th and 18th century soundtrack filling up the tavern each evening.

Our beloved wenches, bearded and not. . thank you so much for spending the weekend with us - you are all truly the stars of our nights.

We have two more Tales and Ales scheduled for October 19th and October 20th - these evenings sell out - please consider makes plans now to join us.. we would love to see you!

All photos - © Sara Willman .

Tales and Ales Spring 2018.© Sara Willman Photo
05/17/2018

Tales and Ales Spring 2018.

© Sara Willman Photo

This past weekend we celebrated two delighful evenings filled with Tales & Ales at the Swett-Ilsley House. We would like...
10/25/2017

This past weekend we celebrated two delighful evenings filled with Tales & Ales at the Swett-Ilsley House. We would like to thank James Dorau and Ipswich Ale Brewery for their donation of casks of ale, O'Carolan Etc., for a night of beautiful music that would have warmed the heart of any 17th or 18th century tavern-goer, and Bucciarelli's Butcher Shop & Deli for preparing our incredible food. You know you have a great caterer when they greet you with "Well, we've been researching 17th century herbs..."! Thank you to our wenches, bearded and not - you are the true stars of these fantastic evenings - we are so happy to spend the weekend with you! To our friends who joined us for two nights of 17th century fun - thank you, and we hope to see you again soon.
We will have more opportunities next year for even more laughter and true tales from the deep files of Essex County. Please look for the listing online in January and register early!
Photos © Matthew Muise

Tales & Ales October 2017Photo © Matthew Muise
10/25/2017

Tales & Ales October 2017
Photo © Matthew Muise

Swett-Ilsley House will be open this Saturday September 2nd from 11am- 3pm for tours.
08/31/2017

Swett-Ilsley House will be open this Saturday September 2nd
from 11am- 3pm for tours.

Did you know?Acquired in 1911, the Swett-Ilsley House served the town of Newbury as a tea room, gift shop and antique st...
06/02/2017

Did you know?

Acquired in 1911, the Swett-Ilsley House served the town of Newbury as a tea room, gift shop and antique store from 1916-1965.

Historic New England Open House Day

Saturday June 3rd.

Swett-Ilsley House is open for free tours
from 11am- 3pm.

( donations are always accepted.)

photo © Amanda Ambrose.

Mark your calendars!Historic New England's Open House Saturday is coming up.Saturday June 3rd all area properties are op...
05/25/2017

Mark your calendars!

Historic New England's Open House Saturday is coming up.

Saturday June 3rd all area properties are open for FREE tours.
( of course donations are always welcome :) )

Pack a lunch and enjoy the day with us!

Hours for local properties :

11am-5pm
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm
Coffin House

11am- 3pm
Swett-Ilsley House
Dole-Little House
Rocky Hill Meeting House

We can't wait to see you !!!

Tickets for Tales and Ales at Swett-Ilsley House are now on sale! This evening of local brews - hearty tavern dinner and...
03/17/2017

Tickets for Tales and Ales at Swett-Ilsley House are now on sale! This evening of local brews - hearty tavern dinner and fun interactive historic stories is a sell out every year !

Two nights this spring -

Friday May 12th 6:30- 9 pm
Saturday 13th 6:30- 9pm.

Registration is required.
Please call 978-462-2634 for more information.
Must be 21.

Ticket links below:

Tales & Ales, a dinner event offered in the spring and fall at Swett-Ilsley House. Photo © Amanda Ambrose.
08/03/2016

Tales & Ales, a dinner event offered in the spring and fall at Swett-Ilsley House. Photo © Amanda Ambrose.

Swett-Ilsley House
08/03/2016

Swett-Ilsley House

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4 High Road
Newbury, MA
01951

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Swett-Ilsley House is one of thirty-seven properties owned by Historic New England, the oldest and largest regional heritage organization in the nation. We save and share historic homes, open space, collections, and stories from the past to today. Learn more at HistoricNewEngland.org.

In 1911, Swett-Ilsley House became the first property acquired by Historic New England, just a year after its founding. The original portion, built in 1670 by Stephen Swett, was one room deep, and later additions more than doubled the size of the house. Over the centuries, the building served as a tavern, chocolate shop, chandlery, and press room, in part due to its location on Newbury's most traveled road. Swett-Ilsley House had been brought to the attention of Historic New England founder William Sumner Appleton by an acquaintance who believed it to be one of the oldest surviving houses in the region. After the house was acquired for $2,400, nineteenth-century building layers were removed to expose the earliest architectural features. It has one of the largest fireplaces in New England, more than ten feet wide, and containing three beehive ovens.

Historic New England members tour for free.

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Last week's Tales and Ales was a blast! Thank you Bethany for doing it for a great cause. #PanMassChallenge