Grand Opening of the Governor Oliver Ames Estate in Easton, MA

Trustees of Reservations and Easton Shovel Town Cultural District Team Up to Celebrate GRAND OPENING of the GOVERNOR OLIVER AMES ESTATE in EASTON, MA ART -MUSIC-FOOD-FUN-FESTIVAL & JURIED LEGACY ART EXHIBITION Sunday, June 29, 2014 – 11AM to 4PM

Contact Information

Carolyn Cole
Easton Shovel Town Cultural District Chair

Kristi Perry
Trustees of Reservations PR Director
781.784.0567 x7503

Easton, MAMay 28, 2014 – The Trustees of the Reservations (The Trustees), the nation’s first land trust and one of MA’s largest conservation and preservation organizations, is pleased to announce the official public opening of the Governor Oliver Ames Estate, located at 35 Oliver Street in North Easton, MA on Sunday, June 29, 2014. The Easton Shovel Town Cultural District, an all-volunteer run non-profit serving the town of Easton with cultural programs and events, has generously offered to team up with The Trustees to celebrate the opening with a Legacy Art-Music-Food-Fun-Festival and Juried Legacy Art Exhibition planned at the property the same day from 11:00AM-4:00PM.

“We are thrilled to be celebrating the official public opening of this special property located in the heart of Easton’s cultural and historic district with The Easton Shovel Town Cultural District,” says Barbara Erickson, President and CEO of The Trustees. “We are grateful for their energy and creativity in planning this special public event and for the many community members and supporters who have helped us achieve this important milestone. We look forward to continuing our partnerships with the Easton community to engage even more area residents and visitors in this local cultural treasure.”

“The ‘Legacy’ piece of the Festival is descriptive of the wonderful legacy of beauty, culture, architecture, and horticulture that the Ames Family has bestowed on the Town of Easton,” says Carolyn Cole, Chair of the Easton Shovel Town Cultural District. “The endowment the Ames family left to the Town of Easton continues to enrich the lives of our local citizens and visitors by preserving important historic and cultural aspects of the town that would otherwise have been difficult to achieve. With The Trustees’ preservation and stewardship of the Governor Ames Estate, another important historical and recreational asset has now been added to enhance our town.”

The Legacy Juried Art Exhibition, generously funded in its entirety by the Avery Lee Williams Family Trust, is open in two categories: Senior (over 18), with First Prize $1,500, Second Prize, $500 and Third Prize $250. Juried by Mim Fawcett, Executive Director, Attleboro Arts Museum. Submission fee is $25 for two pieces. The Junior Division (under 18, with no submission fee) will be juried by Allison Kracjik, noted local artist and watercolorist. First prize is $100. Second & Third prizes are Antique Silver Dollars Circa mid 1800’s worth approximately $55-$70 each. Email: or call 508.230.5874 for more information. The Art Exhibition with live music will be held in the Ames family home located in the middle of the Governor Ames estate.

The Festival is full of fun and surprises, including all day live music in the tent, interactive art programs for children in the stable, a lantern-making workshop for our Lantern Parade which, along with an Interactive Children’s performer, will end the festival. Other activities featured throughout the day will include a Fairy House Scavenger Hunt, Cookie Monster Kitchen, Face-Painting, Pilates, Zumba, Tai Chi, and an Animation Station. Walking Tours of the Grounds and Open Houses at local Historical Buildings and gardens will also be provided and canoes are available for use on the adjacent pond. Vendors will be available to purchase food but all are welcome to bring lunch and enjoy a picnic at this idyllic location. Event is FREE and open to the public and will be held rain or shine. For a full schedule of events, please visit: or visit our Facebook page: Easton Shovel Town Cultural District.

Generous sponsors include: North Easton Savings Bank, Easton Local Cultural Council, Ames Free Library, Easton Historical Society, Easton Garden Club, Easton YMCA, The Children’s Museum in Easton, Easton Lions Club, Easton Community Access Television, Oakes Ames Memorial Hall, Unity Church, Yasso Yogurt, Dolce Cupcakes, Easton Pilates, Bob’s Ski-doos, and several private donors.

The Easton Shovel Town Cultural District is an all-volunteer run non profit serving the town of Easton with cultural programs and events within the footprint of the North Easton Historical District. Our goal is to create more activity in the center of Easton, and to utilize all the exciting historical, cultural, and natural resources we share throughout the Town.

The Trustees of Reservations preserve and protect, for public use and enjoyment, properties of scenic, cultural and ecological value throughout the state of Massachusetts. With over 112 beautiful places for all to enjoy, we invite you to Find Your Place.

The Governor Ames Estate: The Trustees of Reservations purchased the 36-acre Governor Ames Estate in 2012. The former home of Oliver Ames, who served as Massachusetts’ 35th governor from 1887–1890, features sweeping lawns in an arboretum-like setting, an elegant 19th-century stone stable, an agricultural field, meadows, brook and garden pond – all within walking distance of the North Easton National Historic District.  The property lies directly adjacent to the Easton Historical Society, YMCA, and popular Easton Children’s Museum.  The Trustees’ connection to the Ames family goes back to the organization’s beginnings when it was founded in the Boston offices of Frederick Lothrop Ames, the builder of the Langwater Estate and the cousin of Governor Ames. It is fitting The Trustees have been able to acquire this important community treasure and a become a partner in preserving the important history and cultural character of North Easton Village. Visit for more information.