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Centennial Open House

Wiscasset, York Harbor, South Berwick and Standish -

WISCASSET – Historic New England is holding a “Centennial Open House” in which all 36 of their museum sites located in Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, New Hampshire and Rhode Island will be open to the public from 1:00 PM to 5:00 PM on Saturday, June 5th. This is being put on as part of HNE’s 100-year anniversary celebration.

In Maine, this includes the following attractions:

MAINE

Castle Tucker, Wiscasset, 1807

Hamilton House, South Berwick, c. 1785

Sarah Orne Jewett House, South Berwick, 1774

Marrett House, Standish, 1789

Nickels-Sortwell House, Wiscasset, 1807

Sayward-Wheeler House, York Harbor, c. 1718

If you’d like to view the rest of the properties, see photos and learn more about each, please click here: http://www.historicnewengland.org/visit/homes/index.htm.

Historic New England celebrates its centennial with free admission to thirty-six historic sites

BOSTON – 2010 – Thirty-six of the region’s finest historic properties are open free to the public on Saturday, June 5, to celebrate Historic New England’s centennial.

For one hundred years, Historic New England has served as the region’s storyteller, opening its doors to share four centuries of New England home and family life. From the 1664 Jackson House, a classic example of early New England architecture and the oldest surviving house in New Hampshire and Maine, to the 1938 Gropius House, home to Walter Gropius, one of the most influential architects of the twentieth century, Historic New England has hundreds of years of history to share with visitors. From Wiscasset, Maine, to Jamestown, Rhode Island, to Stockbridge, Massachusetts, learn about the people who lived in stone-enders, urban mansions, rural estates, and working farms during free guided tours at Historic New England’s house museums. Hours are from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m., tours are on the hour, the last tour starts at 4:00 p.m.

These house museums offer free tours on June 5:

CONNECTICUT

Roseland Cottage, Woodstock, 1846

MAINE

Castle Tucker, Wiscasset, 1807

Hamilton House, South Berwick, c. 1785

Sarah Orne Jewett House, South Berwick, 1774

Marrett House, Standish, 1789

Nickels-Sortwell House, Wiscasset, 1807

Sayward-Wheeler House, York Harbor, c. 1718

MASSACHUSETTS

Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House, Gloucester, 1907

Boardman House, Saugus, 1692

Browne House, Watertown, c. 1698

Codman Estate, Lincoln, c. 1740

Coffin House, Newbury, 1678

Cogswell’s Grant, Essex, 1728

Cooper-Frost-Austin House, Cambridge, 1681

Dole-Little House, Newbury, c. 1715

Gedney House, Salem, 1665

Gropius House, Lincoln, 1938

Lyman Estate Greenhouses, Waltham, 1804

Merwin House, Stockbridge, c. 1825

Otis House Museum, Boston, 1796

Pierce House, Dorchester, 1683

Phillips House, Salem, 1821

Quincy House, Quincy, 1770

Rocky Hill Meeting House, Amesbury, 1785

Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Newbury, c. 1690

Swett-Ilsley House, Newbury, c. 1670

Winslow Crocker House, Yarmouth Port, c. 1780

NEW HAMPSHIRE

Barrett House, New Ipswich, c. 1800

Gilman Garrison House, Exeter, 1709

Jackson House, Portsmouth, 1664

Governor John Langdon House, Portsmouth, 1784

Rundlet-May House, Portsmouth, 1807

RHODE ISLAND

Arnold House, Lincoln, 1693

Casey Farm, Saunderstown, c. 1750

Clemence-Irons House, Johnston, 1691

Watson Farm, Jamestown, 1796

Tours are on the hour. For more information, visit online at www.HistoricNewEngland.org.

About Historic New England

Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. We bring history to life while preserving the past for everyone interested in exploring the authentic New England experience from the seventeenth century to today. Historic New England owns and operates thirty-six historic homes and landscapes spanning five states. The organization shares the region’s history through vast collections, publications, public programs, museum properties, archives, and family stories that document more than 400 years of life in New England. For more information visit www.HistoricNewEngland.org.

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