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Gore Place

Gore Place 1806 Federal-style mansion & museum. 50 acres & sheep farm. Join us for indoor and outdoor events! Welcome to the Gore Place page.

Gore Place is the Federal period estate of Rebecca and Christopher Gore. The estate includes the beautiful 1806 Mansion, a 1793 Carriage House and a farm with period breeds of sheep and chickens. Gore Place is the site of the popular annual Sheepshearing Festival, hosts concerts, holiday teas and family events. The grounds are open to the public year-round, and tours are available Monday through Saturday and selected Friday evenings.

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Every day is  at Gore Place! Here is one of our resident groundhogs.  they are also known as woodchucks and whistle pigs...
02/02/2023

Every day is at Gore Place! Here is one of our resident groundhogs. they are also known as woodchucks and whistle pigs?

Share your favorite facts below in the comments!

: Three up-close images of a groundhog walking across the lawn at Gore Place.

Our February 4 events have been POSTPONED due to the weather forecast for this weekend. 😢 If you have already registered...
02/01/2023

Our February 4 events have been POSTPONED due to the weather forecast for this weekend. 😢 If you have already registered for any of our Saturday events, we will be in touch with you!

Please see our website for more details. Stay warm!

: The coach house at Gore Place. It is beige with cream trim and has large doors and a paved walkway surrounding it.

For Black History Month, Gore Place celebrates one of the first Black authors in America to be commercially published: R...
02/01/2023

For Black History Month, Gore Place celebrates one of the first Black authors in America to be commercially published: Robert Roberts, author of "The House Servant’s Directory."

Roberts published his book in 1827, while head man servant for Bostonians Christopher and Rebecca Gore. Reviewers praised his book. Advertised in Boston, Philadelphia, New York and smaller cities like Albany, the Directory appeared in three editions through the 1840s.

Roberts’ Directory trains young men to excel at service in elite households. He also intends to change how servants and employers view such domestic service. With messages like those about the special skills and knowledge required for the job, he means to undermine the discrimination and oppression sometimes suffered by these young men. Roberts’ Directory as reform reflects his broader commitment to change. While a domestic servant, he rose to leadership in Boston’s free Black community, active in its vibrant civic life and its anti-colonization and anti-slavery movements. An author and a life to celebrate!

Gore Place is working on a new edition of Roberts’ House Servant’s Directory that will tell the story of Roberts’ life and his writing using emerging scholarship and new research.

To read more stories about Roberts and other members of Boston’s 19th-century Black community, visit the link below, or in our bio.
goreplace.org/black-history

: A historical outfit laid out on a bedspread. It is a red vest, black pants, and black shoes.

Our next Multi-Sensory Tour for Kids is THIS Wednesday, February 1, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Experience what it was like t...
01/30/2023

Our next Multi-Sensory Tour for Kids is THIS Wednesday, February 1, from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. Experience what it was like to live in this country estate firsthand through your senses. Try on 19th-century-style clothes, practice writing with ink, play historical games, smell perfumes, and listen to music from the era!

: Image one is a station set with quills, ink, and blank paper. Image two is faux grapes and treats from our fake food collection. Image three shows replica historical clothing. Image four shows a basket with a deck of cards.

What was happening on the Gore farm exactly 200 years ago? On January 29, 1823, Gore farm manager Jacob Farwell wrote th...
01/29/2023

What was happening on the Gore farm exactly 200 years ago? On January 29, 1823, Gore farm manager Jacob Farwell wrote that he spent the day “Putting wood in the other house cellar, carting gravel in the hogyard to level a place for Isaac’s hotbed & cutting fodder.”

The Gore estate included at least one – possibly 2 – houses besides the mansion, and their cellar space was useful not only for storage but also as work areas through the coldest months. Isaac Farwell, Jacob’s brother and ‘sales manager’, was building a hotbed to get a jump-start on spring vegetables that brought a premium at the Boston market.

: The Farmer’s Cottage at Gore Place, present-day, covered in snow.

Double trouble! : Two lambs stand next to each other again a red, wooden background.
01/28/2023

Double trouble!

: Two lambs stand next to each other again a red, wooden background.

This  is used in our  tours! It is called a taper jack, and is designed to hold a coil of candle, with a reservoir to co...
01/27/2023

This is used in our tours! It is called a taper jack, and is designed to hold a coil of candle, with a reservoir to collect the melting wax. The whole thing tips so you can seal letters with the wax. It also takes longer to burn through than a smaller or shorter candle. It’s a good example of a multipurpose object that is elegant as well as functional!

Our Multi-Sensory Tours for Kids are every first Wednesday of the month from 3:30 to 4:15 p.m. It is recommended for children ages 2-10. Admission includes accompanying parent or guardian - see our website for more information!

: A taper jack with a white candle coiled into it. The silver stand is circular and holds a portion of the candle upright.

 to these stunning sunset photos, captured by Gore Place's Farm Historian and Educator. Do you have any spectacular phot...
01/26/2023

to these stunning sunset photos, captured by Gore Place's Farm Historian and Educator. Do you have any spectacular photos of the estate? Tag in them!

: Three photos of a vibrant sunset on our grounds. The sky is bright orange and deep purple, with trees silhouetted against it.

We love these floral displays from Tropic of Flowers! 🐑🌈 Tropic of Flowers : The first picture shows a rainbow floral di...
01/25/2023

We love these floral displays from Tropic of Flowers! 🐑🌈

Tropic of Flowers

: The first picture shows a rainbow floral display with a two-tiered white cake behind it and two sheep in front of it. The second picture shows the flowers from a different angle, they are in various shades of red, orange, yellow, and green.

When exploring the Mansion, don't forget to look up! You never know what fun, dramatic views you might find.Mansion tour...
01/24/2023

When exploring the Mansion, don't forget to look up! You never know what fun, dramatic views you might find.

Mansion tour times: Monday, Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday at 10:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m., 12:00 p.m., and 1:00 p.m.

: The spiral staircase viewed from below, with a chandelier hanging in the middle.

 that there are 34 keys that have been found on the Gore Place property? Most keys are either brass or iron. The largest...
01/23/2023

that there are 34 keys that have been found on the Gore Place property? Most keys are either brass or iron. The largest is said to belong to the lock on the Family entrance door. The key was given to Gore Place by Lyle T. Hammond, a member of the Metz family.

: A ring of 34 keys hanging off a brass k**b.

Join us for a Valentine-themed tour of Gore Place, inspired by Jane Austen's romantic novels! Register for "An Austen-ta...
01/22/2023

Join us for a Valentine-themed tour of Gore Place, inspired by Jane Austen's romantic novels! Register for "An Austen-tatious Valentine Tour," on Friday, February 10, 2023, at 8:00 p.m.

Tickets here:
goreplace.org/whats-on/an-austen-tatious-valentine-tour

It is a truth universally acknowledged, that this is one of the great New England house tours! Our costumed guides will lead you through the candle-lit rooms of the 1806 Gore mansion, where you'll marvel at the graceful curve of the Great Stairs, the lovely Oval Withdrawing Room, the Office, the Peacock Parlor, and the Great Hall. Along the way, your guide will use the words of the author Jane Austen to describe life and romance in an early 19th-century country estate.

You'll also receive a box of chocolates from our friends at Tick Tock Chocolates of Waltham, MA to enjoy after this Austen-tatious tour, included in the price of admission.

Tickets at the link in our bio, or on our website!

: Heart-shaped chocolates and a quill with an ink pot are on a beige background, with the words "An Austen-tatious Valentine Tour at Gore Place"

For this  we have a fun barn update! Earlier this month we received a shipment of some exciting finishing details: iron ...
01/21/2023

For this we have a fun barn update! Earlier this month we received a shipment of some exciting finishing details: iron hinges handmade by master blacksmith, Dean Rantz, of Rock Village Forge in Middleborough, MA.

These hinges will be installed in the threshing barn in the coming weeks. Dean has also produced other metalwork items in use around the estate, including an iron railing in the newly renovated staircase in the Gore Mansion.

To read more weekly updates about the barn installation project, visit the news section of our website, or the link in our bio!

: Iron hinges on a wooden table.

 two hundred years ago, what was happening on the Gore Farm? On January 20, 1823, farm manager Jacob Farwell noted in hi...
01/20/2023

two hundred years ago, what was happening on the Gore Farm? On January 20, 1823, farm manager Jacob Farwell noted in his daybook that he and winter farm workers had been “Sawing wood, cutting fodder, and killing an ox.”

Slaughtering livestock for meat and for sale was not uncommon at Gore Place, especially during spring (lambs) and just before winter (hogs and a few cows). But oxen were trained work animals, much more valuable alive. This 805-pound ox could not have been tender meat but likely had reached the end of his useful life.

Photograph by Edward Lee Luce 1879-1950, courtesy of the Martha's Vineyard Museum.

: Two oxen stand in a field, pulling farm equipment, with a stone wall, bare trees, and a wooden building behind them. The photo is black and white.

Join us for some Winter Exploration TOMORROW (January 21) on our first Saturday Family Time! Explore the winter landscap...
01/20/2023

Join us for some Winter Exploration TOMORROW (January 21) on our first Saturday Family Time! Explore the winter landscape at Gore Place. Identify animal tracks, feed the birds, and potentially see our new lambs!

Tickets are on our website or the link in our bio.

: A group of children in winter clothing smile and embrace each other. Text in a green box in the upper lefthand corner: SATURDAY FAMILY TIME, Every other Saturday starting January 21, activities change each week!

 Edgar Allen Poe!“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,Over many a quaint and curious volume of...
01/19/2023

Edgar Allen Poe!

“Once upon a midnight dreary, while I pondered, weak and weary,
Over many a quaint and curious volume of forgotten lore —
While I nodded, nearly napping, suddenly there came a tapping,
As of some one gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.
“’Tis some visitor,” I muttered, “tapping at my chamber door —
Only this and nothing more.”

― Edgar Allan Poe, The Raven

We are getting ready for our (sort of) creepy tour tomorrow in honor of Edgar Allen Poe - do you dare to join us? 😮



: A fake raven perched on someone's hand inside the Great Hall at Gore Place.

Grab the peanut butter to your jelly, the mustard to your ketchup, or the Darcy to your Bennet, and join us for "An Aust...
01/18/2023

Grab the peanut butter to your jelly, the mustard to your ketchup, or the Darcy to your Bennet, and join us for "An Austen-tatious Valentine Tour" on February 10.

Advance tickets are required, the registration deadline for this event is February 3! Not only will you receive a box of chocolates from our friends at Tick Tock Chocolates of Waltham, MA - our costumed guides will lead you through the candle-lit rooms of the 1806 Gore mansion, where you'll marvel at the graceful curve of the Great Stairs, the lovely Oval Withdrawing Room, the Office, the Peacock Parlor, and the Great Hall. Along the way, your guide will use the words of the author Jane Austen to describe life and romance in an early 19th-century country estate!

Tickets at the link in our bio, or on our website:
goreplace.org/whats-on/an-austen-tatious-valentine-tour

Image information: Portrait of Jane Austen, 1873. Based on one drawn by her sister Cassandra. This image comes from the Portrait Gallery of the Perry–Castañeda Library of the University of Texas at Austin and is in the public domain.

: A black and white illustration of Jane Austen, who wears a high-waisted period dress with a sheer panel near her neck, a sash, and a bonnet. She holds a book and looks off to the left.

There's no shortage of fun photo spots at Gore Place on your !Photos by Adriano Batti, : A wedding couple holds hands an...
01/18/2023

There's no shortage of fun photo spots at Gore Place on your !

Photos by Adriano Batti,

: A wedding couple holds hands and smiles at each other while leaning against the brick front of our Mansion.

Who was Robert Roberts? Learn about this fascinating person on January 19 during a free webinar led by Gore Place histor...
01/17/2023

Who was Robert Roberts? Learn about this fascinating person on January 19 during a free webinar led by Gore Place historian Diann Strausberg. This is one of a series of programs developed by Gore Place to bring Roberts' life and work to the public.

Robert Roberts is best known as a highly accomplished manservant and the author of "The House Servant’s Directory," published in 1827, while he worked as a domestic servant for Christopher and Rebecca Gore. The book’s publication made Roberts one of the first Black authors to be commercially published in America.

His story is one of self-making, of perseverance, and optimism in the face of obstacles. He took action to improve his life and his community. His model of activism flowed from deeply held values and personal choices about how to make a difference. His personal history engages us in themes of citizenship, civic action, and self-determination.

A leader in his community, Roberts’ life beyond his time at Gore Place and stories of his activism in the Free Black community in Boston are the subjects of this fascinating look at one of Boston’s lesser-known historical figures.

To join in the conversation, reserve now at the link below. This program is offered free online, advance registration is required. See our website, and the link in our bio, for more information!

https://goreplace.org/whats-on/the-activism-of-robert-roberts

: A copy of the House Servant's Directory published by the Gore Place Society, held over a table set for breakfast.

The museum and offices are closed today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Our grounds remain open from dawn t...
01/16/2023

The museum and offices are closed today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Our grounds remain open from dawn to dusk.

: A photo of a room set up with a sewing table, chair, table set for a meal, a small piano, and a fireplace. It has striped wallpaper and various paintings hanging up.

We have an exciting new program at Gore Place: Saturday Family Time! This new series will be every other Saturday starti...
01/15/2023

We have an exciting new program at Gore Place: Saturday Family Time! This new series will be every other Saturday starting January 21 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Tickets are available now! Explore and learn with your family at Gore Place. Activities change each week but will include hands-on activities, visits to the farm, learning about our sheep, and more. Read on for the details about what’s coming up next!

See our website or the link in our bio for tickets:
goreplace.org/whats-on/saturday-family-time

: A parent and child hold hands while walking through the snow.

On January 14, 1823, farm manager Jacob Farwell opened his small brown notebook and recorded: “Sawing and sledding ice f...
01/14/2023

On January 14, 1823, farm manager Jacob Farwell opened his small brown notebook and recorded: “Sawing and sledding ice from Mr. Lyman’s pond.”

Back in August, Jacob and his men had spent 18 days “digging mud out of the pond.” Mud was useful mixed with leaves and manure for fertilizer, and dried mud made hard floors for sheds and cellars. Most important, the deeper pond would end up with (relatively) clean water on the surface when fall rains filled it up again. Ice was used in the Gore’s kitchens and for packing fresh meat on its way to market in Boston.

This black-and-white photograph depicts a similar scene to the one Jacob Farwell mentions in his journal.

: Men cut ice on the river, with horses pulling the ice blocks on sleds.

Photo information: “Cutting Ice on the River” by John Boyd, Toronto, Canada, ca 1890. This image is in the public domain and available courtesy of the Archives of Ontario.

Barn update this week:Roofing and carpentry continue on the threshing barn. Doors will be completed this week. The pole ...
01/13/2023

Barn update this week:

Roofing and carpentry continue on the threshing barn. Doors will be completed this week. The pole barn is finished and the sheep are enjoying their new quarters until they can enter the threshing barn!

To read our weekly barn updates, head to our website or the link in our bio!

: Our flock of sheep faces the camera, they are in a wooden barn with hay on the floor.

Visit Gore Place for a (sort of) creepy tour in honor of the master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe, who was born in Bos...
01/13/2023

Visit Gore Place for a (sort of) creepy tour in honor of the master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe, who was born in Boston on January 19, 1809 (the same year Christopher Gore was Governor!)

✨ Due to popularity, we added additional time slots for this tour! ✨

This evening tour will lead you through the historic rooms of the 1806 Gore Mansion, where you will interact with storytelling elements inspired by Edgar Allan Poe while learning about life in this early 19th-century estate.

"A (Sort of) Creepy Tour in Honor of Edgar Allen Poe" will take place on January 20, 2023, at 6:30 and 8:00 p.m. - see our website or the link in our bio for tickets!

https://goreplace.org/whats-on/a-sort-of-creepy-tour

: Text on a white background, with a Raven: A (Sort of) Creepy Tour in Honor of Edgar Allan Poe.

FREE WEBINAR: The Activism of Robert RobertsThursday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m.Advance Registration Required - see the lin...
01/12/2023

FREE WEBINAR: The Activism of Robert Roberts
Thursday, January 19 at 7:00 p.m.

Advance Registration Required - see the link below and in our bio!

While working on the Gore estate in Waltham, Robert Roberts completed his domestic manual, The House Servant’s Directory, one of the first commercially published works by a Black author in America. A leader in his community, Roberts’ life beyond his time at Gore Place and stories of his activism in the Free Black community in Boston are the subjects of this fascinating look at one of Boston’s lesser-known historical figures. Learn about this fascinating person during a free webinar led by Gore Place historian Diann Strausberg.

This program is supported in part by a grant from the Waltham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency.

Register here:
https://goreplace.org/whats-on/the-activism-of-robert-roberts

: A newspaper and quill on a wooden table.

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52 Gore Street
Waltham, MA
02453

Opening Hours

Monday 10am - 2pm
Wednesday 10am - 2pm
Friday 10am - 2pm
Saturday 10:30am - 2:30pm

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(781) 894-2798

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Waltham Pride is this Saturday, June 4 on the Waltham Common!
Watertown Pride Extravaganza is this Saturday, June 4th!
Dance the night away in our Century Tent! Credit to Maureen Cotton Ceremonies

: Newlyweds smile at each other and share a dance.
Don't forget to register by Thursday, June 9 for Sips and Stories: Summer Solstice! You're guaranteed to have a vine and dandy evening.

Your ticket includes a tasting of three wines selected by the Urban Grape just for our event, an individual boxed supper from one of our catering partners (including vegan and gluten free options), and a guided tour of the spectacular entertaining rooms of the Gore Mansion’s first floor!

Sip back and relax, and grab your partner-in-wine. Tickets at the link in our bio! 🍷

https://goreplace.org/whats-on/sips-and-stories

: White wine poured into a glass.

Happy ! The museum is closed today, but our grounds remain open from dawn to dusk.

that Gore Place is a member of Blue Star Museums, a program for museums nationwide? This program offers free admission to United States military personnel serving on active duty, in the National Guard, in the Reserves, and their families, from Memorial Day through Labor Day.

See our website to book a tour!

: The rounded exterior of the Mansion. The sky is reflected in the windows.
Our first summer concert is Wednesday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m.! The Moody Street String Band (fiddle, banjo, guitars, bass, mandolin, and accordion) performs a wonderful program of Irish, Scottish, English, American, and New England traditional music. Their annual December performance "Music for the Holly Days" is a perennial, audience favorite – here's your chance to see them without the snow! 😃

Moody Street String Band, Wednesday, June 1 at 7:30 p.m. at Gore Place.

Tickets are available on our website or at the link in our bio.

https://goreplace.org/whats-on/music

: A person plays the accordion.
Happy ! 😃

Gore Place is one of only a small number of farms in the United States raising Leicester Longwool sheep?

: A Leicester Longwool lamb.
We just love the allium flowers on our property! that alliums are also called Ornamental Onions? These fantastical blooms are so bright and fun. The allium heads are actually made from clusters of individual florets, and they hold their spherical shapes for a few weeks. We think they resemble pom-poms!

What do they remind you of?

: Allium flowers blooming in front of the Mansion.

Next week is our first Moonlight Tour of the summer!

What was life like on a big country estate in the early 1800s? Take a Moonlight Tour and find out! On this guided tour of the 1806 Mansion, you'll marvel at the graceful architecture of one of New England’s finest homes. Along the way, your guide will use the words of the author Jane Austen to describe life in an early 19th-century country estate.

Moonlight Tours
Friday, June 3 at 7 p.m. Friday, June 17 at 7 p.m. Friday, July 8 at 7 p.m. Friday, July 22 at 7 p.m. August 12 at 7 p.m.

Tickets at the link in our bio, and the link below:
https://goreplace.org/whats-on/moonlight-tours

: A group takes a guided tour in the Mansion's Billiard Room, with the lights low.

Thank you for the feature! 😃
Some amazing wedding photos taken at Gore Place! Thank you for sharing. ❤️
We have some soup-herb news! 🌱

New this year, we are selling Herb Bowls online. Make all your favorite recipes using this variety of useful herbs, including thyme, sage, rosemary, mint, and chives -- all grown on the Farm at Gore Place by Farmer Scott! Each Herb Bowl is 14 inches, and comes in a compostable container. See the link below or in our bio for more information!

https://goreplace.org/shop/herb-bowls

: Herbs growing on the Gore Place Farm.
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