33 House Museums Are Offering Free Tours in June
Historic New England's open house day returns on Saturday, June 2.
There are 37 majestic mansions and estates operated by Historic New England throughout the region, and soon, 33 of them will waive admission fees.
Every year on the first Saturday in June, the organization offers free tours of most of its properties. Historic New England’s many estates will once again flaunt their lush gardens, impressive architecture, and storied pasts free of charge on Saturday, June 2.
The historic collections showcased on the tours paint a picture of daily life in New England over the past four centuries. Homes like the Gedney House in Salem date back to 1655, while the more modern Gropius House from 1938 offers a glimpse into the life of the founder of the Bauhaus movement, Walter Gropius.
Other highlights include Beauport, the grand Sleeper-McCann House in Gloucester that was the summer home of one of America’s first professional interior designers, and Roseland Cottage, a bright pink Gothic Revival home in Connecticut. For those who can’t escape the city this weekend, there’s the Otis House in the West End, a Federal-style mansion designed for former mayor Harrison Gray Otis by Charles Bulfinch.
Founded in 1910, Historic New England is the oldest and largest regional heritage organization in the country, with properties spanning from Rhode Island to Maine. On Saturday, most of the houses will open at 11 a.m., with the last tour beginning at 4 p.m. Hours and tour times vary, so see the complete list of open houses, with opening and closing times, at historicnewengland.org.
And good luck choosing just one of the properties listed below.
Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House, Gloucester
Boardman House, Saugus
Browne House, Watertown
Coffin House, Newbury
Cogswell’s Grant, Essex
Dole-Little House, Newbury
Eustis Estate, Milton
Gedney House, Salem
Gropius House, Lincoln
Otis House, Boston
Merwin House, Stockbridge
Phillips House, Salem
Quincy House, Quincy
Rocky Hill Meeting House, Amesbury
Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Newbury
Swett-Ilsley House, Newbury
Winslow Crocker House, Yarmouth Port
Roseland Cottage, Woodstock
Castle Tucker, Wiscasset
Hamilton House, South Berwick
Nickels-Sortwell House, Wiscasset
Sarah Orne Jewett House Museum and Visitor Center, South Berwick
Marrett House, Standish
Barrett House, New Ipswich
Gilman Garrison House, Exeter
Governor John Langdon House, Portsmouth
Jackson House, Portsmouth
Rundlet-May House, Portsmouth
Arnold House, Lincoln
Casey Farm, Saunderstown
Clemence-Irons House, Johnston
Watson Farm, Jamestown