52 Gore Streetcar
Waltham, Massachusetts 02453
Indoor Mansion Tours: Monday, Wednesday and Friday at hourly from 10-2 with tickets available at the door; Saturday at 10:30 am and 12:30 pm
Outdoor Tours: Saturday at 11:30 am and 1:30 pm
Grounds: Dawn to dusk, unless there is a special event
Mansion Tour of Gore Place
Take a tour of the mansion at Gore Place, one of New England’s most fascinating historic houses. Your guide will lead you around the exterior of the house, pointing out interesting architectural features. Then, you’ll go inside to see the elegant rooms on the ground floor. Tour takes approximately 45 minutes. You’ll know why the home of Christopher and Rebecca Gore is known as the finest example of early 1800s architecture in New England.
We are open special hours this Thanksgiving weekend hours to mark Small Business Saturday and Museum Store Sunday! You can also visit us daily Monday through Friday 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. thru December 23, 2021.
Our museum gift shop, located inside our gorgeous 1806 Mansion, will be open for holiday shopping.
If you could not make The Moonlight Tour, don’t worry; all our Virtual Moonlight Tours are online:
Visit Gore Place 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
Image Credits: goreplace.org unless otherwise noted