Join us for a FREE Open House Day at Trustees Historic Homes!
The Trustees’ historic houses are a living documentary of Massachusetts’ architectural design traditions. This year at Home Sweet Home we are celebrating the architects and craftspeople who designed and built our historic properties. From grand mansions to humble colonials to mid-century modern masterpieces, the historic houses of the Trustees all have a story to tell. Come experience all the unique history and rich architecture contained within each home at this FREE event.
Whether you're an architecture aficionado, enjoy history, or simply curious, we have a house for you to explore.
Home Sweet Home Makers, Masters & Craftsman will take place Saturday, May 18 from 10AM – 4PM at eight Trustees historic sites which generally charge admission during the open season, and a few of which are only open to the public a few times each year.
From the Berkshires to Greater Boston, there’s a Home Sweet Home open for you.
North Shore & Greater Boston
Castle Hill on the Crane EstateIpswich, MA
Experience the grandeur of the iconic Great House of Castle Hill on the Crane Estate, a National Historic Landmark. Tour the elegant 59-room country house, designed by David Adler, and the surrounding complex of natural and designed landscapes. Take in the sweeping views of the undulating Grand Allée, a half mile emerald beauty concluding in a striking bluff overlooking Crane Beach. Nestled into the Allée and just a short walk down from the Great House, is the meticulously restored Italian-style Casino Complex, originally built by the Crane family for entertaining and now a hub for pool and croquet. Enjoy a stroll through the recently restored Italian Garden and see preservation in action at the Rose Garden which is partially open for the first time in years. Home Sweet Home Schedule
The Stevens-Coolidge PlaceNorth Andover, MA
Step back in time to the 1920s at The Stevens Coolidge Place a simple farmhouse turned elegant country estate. The Colonial Revival home has a wealth of antiques and interesting design elements. Outside, discover the beautiful garden “rooms” behind the estate, including a kitchen and cut-flower garden, rose garden, greenhouse complex, recently restored perennial garden, and French ‘potager’ (or kitchen) garden with a brick serpentine wall. Home Sweet Home Schedule
The Old ManseConcord, MA
Situated near the banks of the Concord River, the Old Manse is located adjacent to Concord's Old North Bridge, where the Revolutionary War began on April 19, 1775. The Old Manse is a must-see stop on any visit to historic Concord. This National Historic Landmark was built in 1770 by Ralph Waldo Emerson’s grandfather, the Reverend William Emerson (1743-76). This Minister's House subsequently became a focal point of America’s political, literary and social revolutions over the course of the next century. Here, Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-82) and Nathaniel Hawthorne (1804-64) would draft some of their most famous works. Home Sweet Home Schedule
Fruitlands MuseumHarvard, MA
Fruitlands Museum, founded in 1914 by Clara Endicott Sears, takes its name from an experimental utopian community led by Bronson Alcott and Charles Lane which took place on this site in 1843. Fruitlands Museum includes the Fruitlands Farmhouse, the site of the experiment in communal living led by Alcott and Lane in 1843; The Shaker Museum, the first Shaker museum in the country, housed in an historic building moved here from the Harvard Shaker community; The Native American Museum, which houses a significant collection of artifacts that honor the spiritual presence and cultural history of the first Americans; and the Art Gallery, including a collection of over 100 Hudson River School landscape paintings and over 230 19th-century vernacular portraits, the second largest collection in the country, along with a variety of rotating exhibitions. Home Sweet Home Schedule
A visit to Naumkeag provides a stylish glimpse of life and design from a golden time. Just a stone’s throw from downtown Stockbridge, this National Historic Landmark is both a rare surviving example of a Gilded Age Berkshire “cottage” and host to several of the few, publically accessible landscapes designed by Fletcher Steele. Naumkeag’s many gardens “rooms” and outdoor landscape features—including Steele’s famous Blue Steps—are a pure delight for all ages to explore. Home Sweet Home Schedule
The Mission HouseStockbridge, MA
Down the street from Naumkeag, the Mission House (ca. 1740) harkens back to an even earlier time, when John Sergeant built the structure in his role as the first missionary to the local Stockbridge Mohican tribe. This National Historic Landmark contains an outstanding collection of 18th-century period furnishings and decorative arts, as well as a small Native American museum that tells the story of the Mohicans. Outside, the property boasts a Colonial Revival garden designed by Fletcher Steele, as well as a charming and bountiful kitchen garden containing 100 herbs, perennials, and annuals that had culinary or medicinal value to early colonists. Home Sweet Home Schedule
The Folly at Field Farm
New England’s youngest historic house museum is an award-winning architectural gem. As its name suggests, The Folly is both a whimsical and daring structure, designed in 1965 by noted post-modernist architect Ulrich Franzen. Its three bedrooms dance around the form of a pinwheel-shaped guest cottage that still contains its original, contemporary furnishings. Situated on 316 pristine, conserved acres, The Folly is paired on the property with The Trustees’ Mid-Century Modern structure, the Guest House at Field Farm (one of two B&Bs owned and managed by the organization).
The William Cullen Bryant HomesteadCummington, MA
The bucolic setting of this homestead provided critical inspiration to one of America's foremost 19th-century poets and newspaper editors, William Cullen Bryant. In 1865, Bryant converted the two-story farmhouse that once served as his boyhood, summer home into a rambling three-story Victorian cottage. Now a National Historic Landmark, you’ll discover colonial and Victorian pieces from the poet’s family, as well as exotic memorabilia from his extensive European and Asian travels. Outside, you can follow Bryant’s footsteps on this 195-acre pastoral estate, exploring 2.5 miles of hiking trails around the property and ponder how the landscape, portrayed in his poetry 150 years ago, helped inspire the 19th-century land conservation movement that involved Frederick Law Olmsted and his protégé Charles Eliot, founder of The Trustees. Home Sweet Home Schedule