- places to visit
- things to doevents
- what we care about
- about us
- keyword search
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.