The Phillips House: Chestnut Street Mansion in Salem, Ma

For many, images of witches and Halloween are the first things to  come to mind when Salem, Massachusetts is brought up and I can’t say I’m any different – with the addition of the adorable house from one of my favorite fall movies, Hocus Pocus. And while the history of the Salem Witch trials and overall…

The Lyman Estate: 1793 Boston Suburb Country Estate

In 1793, Theodore Lyman, a wealthy ship merchant who lived in Boston’s elite Beacon Hill neighborhood, wanted to build a country estate that his family could escape to in the summer. He wanted to ensure the family could travel back and forth between the homes easily and all within one day, so he started to…

The Lyman Estate: Greenhouse & Grounds

The late fall & winter have put a damper on my quest to visit all thirty-eight properties owned by Historic New England in a one year time frame, as many of the homes close in October and don’t open again until the spring. So, I’ve been stalking their website to plan out when specific homes…

The Mark Twain House: Birthplace of Many Great American Novels

Images of a steamboat chugging down the muddy brown water of the Mississippi River is the first image that comes to mind when I hear “Mark Twain”, followed by his infamous all white suit, thick eyebrows and mustache. Hartford, Connecticut however does not come to mind. I was so very surprised to find out that…

The Pierce House: Seventeenth-Century Architecture in Boston

The Pierce House is located in Dorchester, a suburb of Boston. Until my visit to The Pierce House, I don’t think I have ever purposely gone to Dorchester, nor do I remember ever being in that town unless I inadvertently traveled thru it on my way somewhere else. So I was very curious to find…

The Fairbanks House: Oldest Known Wood Structure in North American

I was lucky enough, for a multitude of reasons  to have met one of my most cherished friends in college. Our college days consisted of parties, food, and more parties. I wouldn’t change a thing, nor would I want to go back to those times. I didn’t necessarily believe her when she told me she…

The Gropius House: Bauhaus Design in Lincoln, Ma

I have to admit that when I first started this project and was reviewing all the properties owned by Historic New England, I was somewhat surprised to see The Gropius House only because it was so starkly different from the others, and relatively new as it was built in 1938. It was boxy with lots…