Free Admission to 20+ Historic Sites in Massachusetts for One Day Only

Dianna Carney

(MASSACHUSETTS) Looking for a fun and affordable place to take your family this weekend? Why not explore local history for free!? A local organization that preserves properties with historical significance and makes them accessible to the public has announced free admission to over twenty historic sites.

Historic New England was established by William Sumner Appleton, who was the first full-time professional preservationist in the United States. According to the organization's website, "In 1910, William Sumner Appleton founded the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, known today as Historic New England."
Rocky Hill Meeting House (AMESBURY, MASSACHUSETTS)Photo byHistoric New England

Appleton's vision has since evolved into a thriving heritage organization that annually welcomes over 200,000 visitors to historic properties across five New England states. Now, for one day only, you can visit one of these 38 historic sites for free, thanks to Historic New England’s region-wide open house happening on Saturday, June 3rd.

The properties, which span throughout New England from Maine to Rhode Island, offer a family-friendly adventure through time as you discover and learn about the unique history that is in our very own backyard.
Merwin House (c. 1825) {STOCKBRIDGE, MASSACHUSETTS}Photo byHistoric New England

Check out the list below of historic properties in Massachusetts that will be open to the public for free on Saturday, June 3, 2023:

  • Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House in Gloucester (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  • Boardman House in Saugus (11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
  • Browne House, in Watertown (11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
  • Codman Estate in Lincoln (11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  • Coffin House in Newbury (11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
  • Cogswell’s Grant in Essex (11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  • Cooper-Frost-Austin House in Cambridge (11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
  • Dole-Little House in Newbury (11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
  • Eustis Estate in Milton (10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
  • Gedney House in Salem (11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.)
  • Gropius House in Lincoln (11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  • Otis House in Boston (11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
  • Lyman Estate in Waltham (10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.) Lyman Estate Greenhouses (9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  • Merwin House in Stockbridge (11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  • Phillips House in Salem (11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
  • Pierce House in Dorchester (11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  • Quincy House in Quincy (11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)
  • Rocky Hill Meeting House in Amesbury (11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
  • Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm in Newbury (11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.)
  • Swett-Ilsley House in Newbury (11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.)
  • Winslow Crocker House in Yarmouth Port (11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

To learn more about Historic New England's region-wide open house, or to see the list of historic sites outside of Massachusetts, be sure to check out their website at

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