Historic New England Open House at thirty-two historic sites

  • BOSTON, Massachusetts
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  • April 13, 2012

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Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury, Mass.
Governor John Langdon House, Portsmouth, 1784.


Thirty-two of the region’s finest historic properties are open free to the public during Historic New England’s open house on Saturday, June 2.


Historic New England is the region's storyteller, opening its doors to share four centuries of New England home and family life. Discover the stories of early colonists and immigrants who came to New England to build new lives, farmers and their families who made a living off the land for generations, and men and women who worked to preserve their family homes. Explore unique and personal family collections of decorative arts and household furnishings.


From the 1664 Jackson House, the oldest surviving house in New Hampshire, to the 1938 Gropius House, home to one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century, Historic New England has years of history to share with visitors. From Wiscasset, Maine, to Lincoln, Rhode Island, to Portsmouth, New Hampshire, and Stockbridge, Massachusetts, learn about the people who lived in stone-enders, urban mansions, rural estates, and working farms during free guided tours at Historic New England’s house museums.


These house museums offer free tours on June 2:

Hamilton House, South Berwick, c. 1785


Roseland Cottage, Woodstock, 1846


Castle Tucker, Wiscasset, 1807 Hamilton House, South Berwick, c. 1785 Sarah Orne Jewett House, South Berwick, 1774 Marrett House, Standish, 1789 Nickels-Sortwell House, Wiscasset, 1807 Sayward-Wheeler House, York Harbor, c. 1718


Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House, Gloucester, 1907 Boardman House, Saugus, 1692 Browne House, Watertown, c. 1698 Coffin House, Newbury, 1678 Cogswell’s Grant, Essex, 1728 Cooper-Frost-Austin House, Cambridge, 1681 Dole-Little House, Newbury, c. 1715 Gedney House, Salem, 1665 Gropius House, Lincoln, 1938 Lyman Estate and Greenhouses, Waltham Merwin House, Stockbridge, c. 1825 Otis House Museum, Boston, 1796 Phillips House, Salem, 1821 Quincy House, Quincy 1770 Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Newbury, c. 1690 Swett-Ilsley House, Newbury, c. 1670

New Hampshire

Barrett House, New Ipswich, c. 1800 Gilman Garrison, Exeter, 1709 Jackson House, Portsmouth, 1664 Governor John Langdon House, Portsmouth, 1784 Rundlet-May House, Portsmouth, 1807

Rhode Island

Arnold House, Lincoln, 1693 Casey Farm, Saunderstown, c. 1750 Clemence-Irons House, Johnston, 1691 Watson Farm, Jamestown, 1796


Tours hours vary. For more information, visit HistoricNewEngland.org.

Images are available.


About Historic New England
Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. We bring history to life while preserving the past for everyone interested in exploring the New England experience from the seventeenth century to today. Historic New England owns and operates thirty-six historic homes and landscapes spanning five states. We share the region’s history through vast collections, publications, programs, museum properties, archives, and family stories that document more than 400 years of life in New England. Visit HistoricNewEngland.org.

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