About Governor Oliver Ames Estate
Explore a part of Massachusetts history on this bucolic estate, first settled by Oliver Ames, who served as the Governor of the Commonwealth in the early 19th century.
What makes Governor Oliver Ames Estate A Special Place?
Set in the quiet town of Easton 30 miles outside of Boston, the historic 36-acre Governor Oliver Ames Estate features rolling hills, meadows, ponds, and a host of lovely and mature trees, as well as remnants of a storied and prominent past – all within walking distance of the North Easton National Historic District. Come to walk the gentle hills, picnic with friends, or just enjoy some quiet time among the centuries-old trees that dot the property.
The Ames family’s industrial and cultural contributions have helped shape Easton since the early 19th century. Their national renown and success was built on a shovel manufacturing company that supplied tools for, among other important American events, the Civil War and the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. The property was first home to Oliver Ames, who served as Massachusetts’ governor from 1887–1890.
The family’s influence is still very much in evidence; among other things, their name graces the town library and high school, as well as the imposing Oakes Ames Memorial Hall, one of five H.H. Richardson-designed structures in North Easton village.
At this time, the portions of the property owned by The Trustees are open for the public to visit. More plans are underway, and we hope to open more areas of the property soon. With private landowners adjacent to the property and many partners owning contiguous tracts of land, it’s important that our visitors respect private property on and adjacent to the estate.
When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1/2 hour.
Regulations & Advisories
We hope you enjoy your visit. For your safety, and to help protect this unique resource, we ask that you please comply with the following regulations:
- Please respect the tranquility of this park and others’ enjoyment of their visit here.
- Dogs are welcome, but on-leash only.
- Governor Oliver Ames Estate is open from sunrise to sunset. Entering or returning to the property after that time is prohibited.
- The following are prohibited at the estate:
- Consuming or possessing alcoholic beverages
- Fires, camping, littering or dumping
- Motorized vehicles (except for authorized management purposes)
- Cutting or removing vegetation
- Disturbing, removing, defacing, cutting, or otherwise causing damage to a natural feature, sign, poster, barrier, building, or other property in the estate.
35 Oliver St.
Easton, MA 02356
Get directions on Google Maps.
From Rt. 93: Take Rt. 93 to Rt. 24 South. Take exit 17B to merge onto Rt. 123 West/ Belmont Street toward Easton. Follow for 1.6 mi. Turn right onto Rt. 138 North/Washington Street. Follow for 1.2 mi. and turn left onto Main Street. Follow for 0.8 mi. and turn right onto Sullivan Ave. Follow for 0.1 mi. and continue onto Mechanic Street for 0.1 mi. Turn right onto Oliver Street, take first left to stay on Oliver Street. Parking will be on right.
When to Visit
Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1 hour.
FREE to all
This meandering property is a stone’s throw from the famed Ames shovel factory that supplied tools for, among other important American events, the Civil War and the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. The Ames’ family influence is still very much in evidence in the town of Easton; among other things, their name graces the town library and high school, as well as the imposing Oakes Ames Memorial Hall, one of five Henry Hobson Richardson-designed structures in North Easton village.
The property was first home to Oliver Ames who served as Massachusetts’ governor from 1887–1890, who hosted some of the most notable figures of the 19th century, including architect Henry Hobson (H.H.) Richardson and landscape designer Frederick Law Olmsted, who designed the landmark Victorian buildings and the Rockery. The estate was transformed forever by 1909 after first Governor Ames and then his wife, Anna, died. Their children moved away and the mansion was later razed.
Today, more than a century later, saplings planted by Ames thrive as old specimen trees and pepper the property, which includes a 19th-century stone stable, farm fields, a brook and several garden ponds.
With support from the Town of Easton and the state’s LAND grant program, The Trustees purchased the property in 2012 from the David Ames family and Elizabeth Ames. The Easton Community Preservation Committee also committed significant monetary resources to the effort, some of which some will be reimbursed by the Commonwealth’s LAND program. In addition, The Trustees have raised money to fund transaction, startup, and renovation costs and establish a modest endowment for ongoing stewardship and programming.
Maps and Resources
We are currently working to develop our access and engagement plan for the property. Stay tuned for more information.
Planning Your Visit
Before You Go
We encourage you to visit as many Trustees properties as you can.
Wherever your travels take you, please observe all posted regulations, follow special instructions from property staff, and keep in mind the Stewardship Code:
- Protect wildlife and plants.
- Guard against all risk of fire.
- Help keep air and water clean.
- Carry out what you carry in.
- Use marked footpaths and bridle paths.
- Leave livestock, crops, and machinery alone.
- Respect the privacy of neighboring land.
- Enjoy and share the landscape with others.
Click on links below for further visitor information:
Before Setting Out
Enjoying Trustees Reservations
About Hunting on Trustees of Reservations Land
Tell Us What You Think
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