Lyman Estate

Lyman Estate The Lyman Estate is a National Historic Landmark located in Waltham, Mass. It is available for functions and tours.

Lyman Estate, owned and operated by Historic New England, is a venue for private functions and weddings, a site for public programs, including our popular summer movie nights, and a museum open for tours on selected days. Our historic greenhouses are open most of the year for visits and plant sales. Public tours of the mansion run hourly year-round, on the 3rd Saturday of the month, from 10AM-1pm. Last tour is at noon. Groups of 10 or more are welcome to book a special group tour at times when the mansion is not normally open to the public. Our grounds are always open, and we encourage you to visit and enjoy them. History of the site: Lyman Estate, also known as "The Vale," is one of the finest examples in the United States of a country estate following the principles of eighteenth-century English naturalistic design. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, large expanses of land and proximity to Boston made Waltham a popular location for country estates. Lyman Estate was the warm-weather retreat for four generations of the Lyman family. In 1793 shipping merchant Theodore Lyman commissioned famed architect Samuel McIntire to design and build a Federal-style house. The family enlarged the house in 1882 in the Victorian style and then remodeled it in the Colonial Revival style in 1917. The thirty-seven-acre property includes beautifully preserved gardens and historic greenhouses. Visitors hear the story of the Lyman family as they explore the elegant mansion. The mansion’s architectural features include an elegant ballroom and graceful oval parlor, both pristine examples of Federal design.

Getting ready for free "Movies at the Mansion" at the Lyman Estate.  Starts this Thursday, July 11th!
07/09/2019

Getting ready for free "Movies at the Mansion" at the Lyman Estate. Starts this Thursday, July 11th!

Otis House Museum
06/11/2019

Otis House Museum

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05/13/2019

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Recently one of Historic New England’s staff came across a previously unknown reference to the Lyman Estate in an 1861...
04/24/2019

Recently one of Historic New England’s staff came across a previously unknown reference to the Lyman Estate in an 1861 copy of Ballou’s Monthly, a popular nineteenth-century magazine published in Boston. The article on “Scenes in the Vicinity of Boston” included this description of the estate, then owned by George W. Lyman (1786-1880). The view of the Estate shows it from modern-day Lyman Street, looking east.

Thank you to photographer Lisa Watchmaker for sharing photos taken at the Lyman Estate Greenhouses.  Beautiful!
03/21/2019

Thank you to photographer Lisa Watchmaker for sharing photos taken at the Lyman Estate Greenhouses. Beautiful!

Did you know that there is a a tropical getaway right in Waltham, Massachusetts? Visit the Lyman Estate Greenhouses whil...
02/25/2019

Did you know that there is a a tropical getaway right in Waltham, Massachusetts? Visit the Lyman Estate Greenhouses while the camellias are in bloom!

Many of the trees are more than one hundred years old. At this time of year, they put forth a profusion of blossoms in all sizes and shapes.

For more information:

https://www.historicnewengland.org/property/lyman-estate-greenhouses/

10/16/2018
Historic New England

Historic New England

Put the "fun" back in "fundraiser" at Raise the Roof on Oct. 28 at Lyman Estate! Enjoy fun fair activities, tour the Lyman Estate mansion and greenhouses, meet old-house experts, or even sign a shingle that will be used on the roof of a Historic New England property! All proceeds go toward roof projects at ten of our historic sites:

In Maine:
- Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum & Visitor Center and Hamilton House, South Berwick
- Marrett House, Standish
- Castle Tucker and Nickels-Sortwell House, Wiscasset
- Sayward-Wheeler House, York Harbor

In Massachusetts:
- Otis House Museum, Boston
- Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, Gloucester
- Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Newbury

In New Hampshire:
- Rundlet-May House, Portsmouth

Buy tickets here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/raise-the-roof-tickets-50193013655

"On this day in 1918, two sailors housed at Boston's Commonwealth Pier reported to sickbay. The men were the first Ameri...
08/27/2018
Flu Epidemic Begins in Boston

"On this day in 1918, two sailors housed at Boston's Commonwealth Pier reported to sickbay. The men were the first Americans stricken with a strain of influenza that would prove far more dangerous than the German army" (https://www.massmoments.org/moment-details/flu-epidemic-begins-in-boston.html).

Join us September 11th at the Lyman Estate to hear how this worldwide epidemic impacted Waltham. Details at HistoricNewEngland.org.

On this day in 1918, two sailors housed at Boston's Commonwealth Pier reported to sickbay. The men were the first Americans stricken with a strain of influenza …

The Lyman Estate ballroom has changed in use over time, but its 1793 architectural features (including moldings, columns...
08/15/2018

The Lyman Estate ballroom has changed in use over time, but its 1793 architectural features (including moldings, columns, and chandeliers) have remained remarkably intact.

Another fun movie series at the Lyman Estate concluded last night! Stay tuned for next year's movies, happening every Th...
07/27/2018

Another fun movie series at the Lyman Estate concluded last night! Stay tuned for next year's movies, happening every Thursday evening in July.

Thank you our sponsors East Cambridge Savings Bank, Watertown Savings Bank - Massachusetts, and Brothers Marketplace - Waltham. And a special thank you to members of Historic New England who support this and other programming we do. We couldn't do it without you!

07/26/2018

We'll be showing the movie outside tonight! However, the Waltham High School Show Band will not be joining us this time. We'll miss them!

07/26/2018

The movie will go on tonight! We'll announce soon if it will be indoors or out.

The Lyman Estate was lovely last night at dusk. Stop by next Thursday evening for "Queen of Katwe" to experience it your...
07/13/2018

The Lyman Estate was lovely last night at dusk. Stop by next Thursday evening for "Queen of Katwe" to experience it yourself.

The weather tonight looks perfect for an outdoor movie! Join us at 8:30 for "An American in Paris" on the lawn.
07/12/2018

The weather tonight looks perfect for an outdoor movie! Join us at 8:30 for "An American in Paris" on the lawn.

This Thursday evening at 8:30, we'll be showing "An American in Paris" on the lawn. It's free! Stop by early to hear the...
07/11/2018

This Thursday evening at 8:30, we'll be showing "An American in Paris" on the lawn. It's free! Stop by early to hear the amazing Waltham High School Show Band.

Moana is showing tonight for free at the Lyman Estate! Starts at 8:30. Join us early to watch the Waltham High School Sh...
07/05/2018

Moana is showing tonight for free at the Lyman Estate! Starts at 8:30. Join us early to watch the Waltham High School Show Band!

Tomorrow evening, join Ann Clifford from Stonehurst, Robert Treat Paine Estate and Sally Zimmerman, from Historic New En...
06/12/2018
Summers in North Waltham: The Lyman, Paine, and Sears Families at Play

Tomorrow evening, join Ann Clifford from Stonehurst, Robert Treat Paine Estate and Sally Zimmerman, from Historic New England, for an informal talk on 19th and early 20th century family life in North Waltham.

The event will take place at the Lyman Estate.

No registration required! More details: http://shop.historicnewengland.org/LYM-LECTURE-1-8626/

Summers in North Waltham: The Lyman, Paine, and Sears Families at Play: Wednesday, June 13, 7:00 - 8:30 p.m.. . Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman Street, Waltha

06/11/2018

Join us tonight at the Lyman Estate for a free open house! Meet members of the Waltham Community Preservation Committee, and learn more about renovations completed in recent years.

Both the mansion and greenhouses will be open!

Save the dates! The Lyman Estate mansion will be open for free twice in June. Saturday, June 2, 10-1: Stop by for an inf...
05/21/2018

Save the dates! The Lyman Estate mansion will be open for free twice in June.

Saturday, June 2, 10-1: Stop by for an informal open house to welcome Summer.

Monday, June 11, 5:30-7pm: Stop by after work to meet your neighbors while sipping refreshments in the mansion and out on the lawn. The Greenhouses will also be open late for you!

If you've always driven by and wondered what was inside, here's your chance!

Thank you to African Cultural Services, Diaspora Television, St Peter’s Ugandan Anglican Church (Waltham), Radio Ugand...
05/14/2018

Thank you to African Cultural Services, Diaspora Television, St Peter’s Ugandan Anglican Church (Waltham), Radio Uganda Boston Entertainment, Ugandan Catholic Community in the Archdiocese of Boston at St. Mary Church, and
Waltham Historical Society for your participation and support in organizing this fun evening!

Don't miss out on an opportunity to explore the expansive landscapes at Historic New England's Lyman Estate, Eustis Esta...
05/11/2018
Spring Landscape Tour

Don't miss out on an opportunity to explore the expansive landscapes at Historic New England's Lyman Estate, Eustis Estate, and The Gardens at Elm Bank Events this Spring!

$40 for members of Massachusetts Horticultural Society and Historic New England, and $55 for general tickets. Join today to receive your discount!

http://shop.historicnewengland.org/LYM-LANDSCAPE-8589/

Spring Landscape Tour: Wednesday, May 30, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (Rain date: Thursday, May 31). . Meet at the Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham,

Our open house with the Greater Boston and Waltham Ugandan community is coming up tomorrow evening! The mansion will be ...
05/07/2018
Welcoming Waltham's New Ugandan Community

Our open house with the Greater Boston and Waltham Ugandan community is coming up tomorrow evening! The mansion will be open for wandering and there will be a panel discussion featuring resources for and experiences shared by Ugandan community leaders. Free food! No reservations required.

http://shop.historicnewengland.org/LYM-WALTHAM-9663/

Welcoming Waltham's New Ugandan Community: Tuesday, May 8, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. . . Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass..  . Community leaders

Signs of Spring are popping up everywhere at the Lyman Estate! Learn more about our historic landscape in a joint tour t...
04/17/2018

Signs of Spring are popping up everywhere at the Lyman Estate!

Learn more about our historic landscape in a joint tour that includes the Massachusetts Horticultural Society Gardens at Elm Bank and Historic New England's Eustis Estate on May 30th. Visit HistoricNewEngland.org for details.

It's the museum where you can sit on the furniture: we'll be open for tours this Saturday from 10-1. Stop by the Greenho...
03/15/2018

It's the museum where you can sit on the furniture: we'll be open for tours this Saturday from 10-1.

Stop by the Greenhouses afterwards to see our camellias!

Home for the snow day? Come on by for a tour of the Lyman Mansion! Happening at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30.
03/08/2018

Home for the snow day? Come on by for a tour of the Lyman Mansion! Happening at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30.

The Lyman Estate mansion will be open for public tours today and Thursday at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30. Stop by the Greenhou...
03/06/2018

The Lyman Estate mansion will be open for public tours today and Thursday at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30. Stop by the Greenhouses afterwards to experience our camellia trees in bloom!

Rain or shine, we can't wait for this fun event tomorrow! Stop by early for an open house in the first floor of the mans...
03/02/2018
Lyman Estate Greenhouses

Rain or shine, we can't wait for this fun event tomorrow! Stop by early for an open house in the first floor of the mansion.

Our illustrious Greenhouse Manager, Lynn Ackerman is hosting a talk on the history of greenhouses in America this Saturday March 3rd at the Lyman Estate. Join her as she explores how greenhouse infrastructure and technology made its way to America and how the Lyman Estate fits into this history.

Saturday March 3rd 2-3 pm
$10 non-member/ $8 member
Spots still available, registration is required.

Gorgeous afternoon at the Lyman Estate!
03/01/2018

Gorgeous afternoon at the Lyman Estate!

The Lyman Estate mansion will be open for regular tours this Saturday from 10-12 (last tour at noon). Stop by our Greenh...
02/15/2018

The Lyman Estate mansion will be open for regular tours this Saturday from 10-12 (last tour at noon).

Stop by our Greenhouses afterwards for a warm colorful break to Winter!

Want to see inside the Lyman Estate mansion? We'll be open for tours on special days during Camellia Blooming season in ...
02/08/2018
Lyman Estate | Historic New England

Want to see inside the Lyman Estate mansion? We'll be open for tours on special days during Camellia Blooming season in the Lyman Estate Greenhouses (February 20-March 23).

https://www.historicnewengland.org/property/lyman-estate/

The family enlarged the house in 1882 in the Victorian style and then remodeled it in the Colonial Revival style in 1917. The thirty-seven acres include beautifully preserved gardens and historic greenhouses. Hear the story of the Lyman family during a tour of the mansion, which is used today as a v...

Winter morning at the Lyman Estate
01/25/2018

Winter morning at the Lyman Estate

For #WeddingWednesday, we're taking some time to appreciate the golden natural light of the Oval Parlor. This warm, sunn...
01/24/2018

For #WeddingWednesday, we're taking some time to appreciate the golden natural light of the Oval Parlor. This warm, sunny, and intimate space is great for photos and guest seating!

Picture: Alex + Betty / Wedding Photographers

Lyman Estate Greenhouses
01/17/2018

Lyman Estate Greenhouses

Our Houseplant and Begonia sale is just around the corner, January 19-21. Take a break from the cold winter in our warm colorful greenhouses!

Lyman Estate Greenhouses
01/02/2018

Lyman Estate Greenhouses

Our Houseplant and Begonia sale is just around the corner, January 19-21. Take a break from the cold winter in our warm colorful greenhouses!

What's your favorite room at the Lyman Estate?Find your new favorite spot tomorrow morning. We're open for tours from 10...
12/15/2017

What's your favorite room at the Lyman Estate?

Find your new favorite spot tomorrow morning.

We're open for tours from 10-1.

"Love is not loveWhich alters when it alteration finds,Or bends with the remover to remove:O no! It is an ever-fixed mar...
12/13/2017

"Love is not love
Which alters when it alteration finds,
Or bends with the remover to remove:
O no! It is an ever-fixed mark
That looks on tempests and is never shaken;
It is the star to every wandering bark,
Whose worth's unknown, although his height
be taken." -Shakespeare

Happy #WeddingWednesday! 💕

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185 Lyman St
Waltham, MA
02452

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