52 Gore Street
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453
If you could not make The Moonlight Tour, don’t worry; all our Virtual Moonlight Tours:
Gore Place is currently closed, however their grounds are open for free from dawn to dusk. Also visit list online: https://goreplace.org/visit/museum-from-home
Discover the Gores’ Historic Country Estate
Just nine miles from the heart of Boston, Gore Place is a pastoral oasis. The 50-acre estate boasts a magnificent Mansion, an authentic 1793 Carriage House, a working farm, and grounds that include manicured lawns, walking paths and leafy shade trees. Learn the story of Gore Place — now in its third century — as you explore its beautiful landscape.
Built in 1806, this outstanding Federal-style mansion was designed with input from Rebecca Gore — a rare opportunity for a woman of the time. Inspired by the grand country houses of Europe, she drew up plans with Jacques-Guillaume Legrand, a Parisian architect. To build their dream home, the Gores spent a total of $24,000.
The Carriage House
Built circa 1793, the Carriage House, where the Gores kept horses and carriages, is a fine example of classically inspired architecture. In 1965, the building had to be moved due to work on Gore Street; in 2014 it was returned close to its original location and fully restored.
The Home Lot
Like the mansion, the grounds followed the European fashion of the time: English landscape style. Instead of neat, symmetrical gardens, the landscape is an idealized version of nature featuring broad lawns, clumps of trees and inconspicuous gardens. The house was sited on a hill with views to the south of the Charles River, a half mile away. The home lot is edged by a stone border called a ha-ha wall, which is invisible from the house so it doesn’t interrupt the views.
The Mile Walk, Straight Walk and Brook
The Mile Walk is a tree-lined path along the property’s perimeter. On one side, it’s bounded by the Boston Post Road, which dates to colonial times; on another, by a brook that eventually flows underground and into the Charles River. There’s also the Straight Walk — strolling between the trees gives the sense of walking the aisle of a cathedral.
As in Christopher and Rebecca’s time, Gore Place is home to a working farm. The sheep and chickens that live here are heritage breeds that the Gores would have kept. The farmer’s cottage was built around 1835 and moved across the road to its current location in the 1960s.
Link to the website: https://goreplace.org