Naumkeag: Berkshire Summer “Cottage”

As I was planning my trip out to the Berkshires to visit the Merwin House, I did a few google searches on other activities we could do over the weekend and one name kept coming up: Naumkeag. Not a word, or name, I had seen or heard before – but it quickly got added to…

Merwin House: “Tranquility” in the Berkshires

The Merwin Home is the western-most home in Massachusetts that Historic New England owns, located in Stockbridge, MA. Stockbridge is located in the heart of the Berkshires, and if you haven’t been, you should go! I actually went to college in Western Massachusetts, but didn’t really explore too much – what a dummy (but of…

Cogswells Grant House: Full of Folk Art Treasures

The Cogswell’s Grant house marks my 22nd Historic New England home visit – woot woot! And, while I’ve known this for quite some time now, I’m not going to make my original goal to hit all 38 Historic New England homes before November 7, 2019. I was hoping for some sort of time warp, or…

The Browne House: 1698 “Mansion House” in Watertown, MA

The Browne House is only open three days a year, so you bet that I had this one marked on my calendar since early spring – enjoy! Historical Highlights Abraham Browne was an early settler in Watertown, MA, a very close-by suburb to Boston. Records show his being in the area as early as 1632,…

The Codman House: A Countryside Family Affair

I had two special VIP guests join me for this tour – Mr. Cameron Fitzpatrick and his gorg mama, one of my favorite ladies ever. Cam will be one next month (!!!) and while he may have had one heck of an epic meltdown on the car ride to the Codman House, he was an…

The Dexter Hemenway House: 1820’s Home in Framigham, MA

Usually one of my first questions I have while touring a home is “when was the last time someone lived here?”. Although I don’t live in a historic home myself, I love the idea of occupying a space where everyday life has taken place for hundreds of years, and the Dexter Hemenway House in Framingham…