Filed under: Estates
Do you love house tours? I do and so does one of our readers who has asked about great estate tours in New England. I can think of a few, which are listed below, but I'm hoping you will weigh in too with suggestions in the comments.
Hammond Castle in Gloucester, Massachusetts is a medieval style castle built in Gloucester, Massachusetts during the 1920s. This is one of those homes that only ego, imagination and unbridled wealth could create. It's open as a museum and includes displays of armor. This unique property is only open on weekends.
The Mount in Lenox, Massachusetts, is the home of Edith Wharton and offers a great look not just at a writer's home but at classic American style. The home and grounds are open for tours.
Nearby The Mount is Ventfort Hall, shown above, an Elizabethan Revival mansion that showcases Gilded Age style in Lenox, Massachusetts. Sarah, the sister of J. Pierpont Morgan, purchased the property in 1891, and hired Rotch & Tilden, prominent Boston architects, to design the house in the most lavish of styles.
Gore Place in Waltham, Massachusetts is one of the most beautiful examples of the Federal period in Massachusetts architecture. The historic house and estate of Massachusetts Governor Christopher Gore has been "the Monticello of the North" and offers tours and a variety of special programs.
In scenic Newburyport, the Cushing House Museum is open for tours from May 12, 2009 through October 31, 2009. The rooms showcase collections of silver, furniture, portraits, clocks, needlework and more. The grounds include a 19th century garden, an herb garden, fruit trees, a summer house, cobbled yard and carriage house.