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52 Gore Street, Waltham, MA
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Gore Place

Description: 

Gore Place is a 50-acre country estate in the city, a grand mansion steeped in history, a working farm, and an invaluable community resource.  Gore Place is located at 52 Gore St. in Waltham, just nine miles from the heart of Boston. The grounds are open to the public as a community resource.

Who Were the Gores?

Christopher and Rebecca Gore were prominent Bostonians who lived during and after the American Revolution. Christopher served as governor of Massachusetts and a United States senator.  The Gores built their home in 1806. With the help of a Parisian architect, Rebecca planned the Federal-style mansion — a rare opportunity for a woman of the time. The Gores filled the house with locally made furniture and beautiful art, much of which remains in place today.

The Carriage House

The Carriage House was built on the Gore Place grounds around 1793. It stands as a fine example of classically inspired architecture.  Around the time when the Gores built their first home on the property (later replaced by the mansion that stands today), they had this outbuilding constructed to house horse-drawn carriages and wagons.  The Carriage House was extensively renovated in the late 19th century — perhaps in response to changes in farming technology. Later, the building survived a significant fire.

In 1965, the Carriage House was moved so that the City of Waltham could widen Gore Street. Unfortunately, the new location was a low, damp spot on the landscape.  So, in 2014, the Carriage House was moved again, this time to the site where it stood in the early 1800s. (The 260-foot-move took five days of preparation but only 20 minutes of moving!) At the same time, the historic building was comprehensively restored.  The Carriage House is available for private events.

Hours: 
Currently closed
Monday - Friday:
10:00 am-3:00 pm
Saturday:
12:00 pm-3:00 pm
Sunday:
Closed
Highlights: 
Private Parking
Accept credit cards
Ongoing Events & Promotions: 
Tot Time at the Nature Playscape
Tot Time at the Nature Playscape
Wed, 11/14/2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Wed, 12/12/2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Wed, 01/09/2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Wed, 02/13/2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am
Wed, 03/13/2019 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Explore nature with rocks, sticks, water, and more. Provocations to explore different elements of nature are open-ended and allow children to do as little or as much of an activity as they like. There will be a different focus each month with new activities. 

Children aged 1.5 -6 years, with an adult. $10 per child. $5 for Family Level Members. Reservations are required. Maximum 10 children. No older siblings please.  For information, email goreplace@goreplace.org or call (781) 894-2798. Click here to purchase tickets.  

Please dress children in pants and closed-toe shoes.
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Gore Place Moonlight Tour
Moonlight Tour
Fri, 11/02/2018 - 7:30pm
Fri, 11/16/2018 - 7:30pm

What was life like on a big country estate in the early 1800s? Take a moonlight tour at Gore Place and find out! We'll see the 1793 carriage house, walk the grounds, and tour the 1806 mansion, one of the few early homes designed by a woman. Purchase ADVANCE TICKETS: click here.

Gore Place Indoor Front-Carry Babywearing Tour
Indoor, Front-Carry Babywearing Tour
Tue, 11/06/2018 - 10:00am
Tue, 12/04/2018 - 10:00am

Are you a new parent? Looking to get out of the house and be with other adults in a museum? Come to our special babywearing tour led by a veteran babywearer. We’ll see our gorgeous 1806 mansion, and we won’t mind if your baby sleeps – or cries – through our tour! Tour Details: $12 per caregiver.
Front carries only to keep the collections safe. Please no older siblings. Only worn babies/toddlers please. Tickets can be purchased here.

Gore Place Tot Time on the Farm
Tot Time on the Farm
Wed, 10/17/2018 - 10:00am

Tot Time on the Farm at Gore Place: outdoor fun for kids 18 months to 5 years on our farm Help out with the farm work by planting seeds, watering raised beds, and picking vegetables. Provocations to explore different elements of farm life are open-ended and allow children to do as little or as much of an activity as they like. There will be a different focus each month, with new activities.  Children age 18 months -5 years, with an adult. $10 per child. $5 for Family Level Members.

Reservations are required. Maximum 15 children. No older siblings please. For information, email the office or call (781) 894-2798.

Gore Place Carriage House Concert: Sylvia Berry
Carriage House Concert: Sylvia Berry
Tue, 10/23/2018 - 7:30pm

Philadelphia native Sylvia Berry has performed extensively at home and abroad as a soloist and chamber musician. Hailed by Early Music America as "a complete master of rhetoric, whether in driving passagework or [in] cantabile adagios, she is known not only for her exciting performances, but for her engaging commentary about the music and the instruments she plays. Her disc of Haydn's London Sonatas - recorded for Acis on an 1806 Broadwood - garnered critical acclaim. A review in Fanfare enthused, To say that Berry plays these works with vim, vigor, verve, and vitality, is actually a bit of an understatement.. $10-$15. ADVANCE TICKETS, click here or purchase tickets at the door.

Gore Place Fiddlers on the Farm
Fiddlers on the Farm
Sun, 10/21/2018 - 2:00pm

New England has a great tradition of fiddle music incorporating Scottish, Cape Breton, Quebecois, English, Irish and Scandinavian tunes into its own special style. Enjoy an afternoon of fiddle performances representing some of these wonderful influences. 

Featured will be the Boston Scottish Fiddle Orchestra and the Celtic fiddle duo Nathan Gourley and Laura Feddersen.

Along with the concerts, there will be an opportunity for fiddlers and all traditional musicians to jam, so bring your instruments! For details, click here.  To purchase tickets online, click here.

$10. Ages 12 and under free. Tickets available at the door.

Frightful Fridays: Spooky Tales Told in the Gore Mansion
Frightful Fridays: Spooky Tales Told in the Mansion
Fri, 10/19/2018 - 7:00pm
Fri, 10/19/2018 - 8:15pm
Fri, 10/26/2018 - 7:00pm
Fri, 10/26/2018 - 8:15pm

This Halloween season, the 1806 Gore Mansion will set the stage for an evening of spooky tales told in several of the coolest rooms of this beautiful old house. This is a great alternative to the usual Halloween fair! The event lasts about 45 minutes. Tours are limited and advanced tickets are strongly suggested.  For advance tickets, click here

Carriage House Concerts: Music of the Misty Isles with OCarolan Etcetera with Michael OLeary
Carriage House Concerts: Music of the Misty Isles with OCarolan Etcetera with Michael OLeary
Tue, 11/13/2018 - 7:30pm

The Anglo-Irish ensemble, OCarolan Etcetera, plays toe-tapping fiddle, flute, guitar, and hurdy-gurdy tunes. Balladeer Michael OLeary and his bodhran joins them for laments, lullabies, and love songs for this Music from the Misty Isles performance. To purchase advance tickets, click here.

Gore Place Music for the Holly Days
Music for the Holly Days
Tue, 12/18/2018 - 7:30pm

One of the great holiday traditions at Gore Place, Music for the Holly Days offers Celtic and traditional folk music to make your holiday season even brighter! The seven member Moody Street String Band have been performing locally for more than 20 years. The concert offers a great mix of Irish jigs, Scottish reels, folk-songs and holiday favorites and you're invited to sing along! Seating is limited. All sales are final. For more information, email Gore Place.  To purchase advance tickets online, click here..

Gore Place “Handmade for the Holidays”: Holiday Boutique Shopping Party
“Handmade for the Holidays”: Holiday Boutique Shopping Party
Wed, 11/28/2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm
Thu, 11/29/2018 - 5:00pm to 8:00pm

Have first access to our holiday pop-up shop “Handmade for the Holidays”.  Gore Place members receive 10% off items in the boutique only. Vendor sales are full price.
Sip, nibble, and cross off everyone on your holiday list.
Join us in our 1806 mansion designed by Rebecca Gore. We’ll have 6 rooms full of handmade items, including 5 rooms where you can buy directly from local makers. The curated shop items are handmade/designed by artists from all over the United States. Everything from linens to paper goods to jams to ceramics.
Artist list to come!
Admission is free. Cash, credit, and check accepted. Free parking in our Carriage House parking lot.

All Month Long: Gore Place Take A Walk Archaeology Activity for Kids
All Month Long: Take A Walk Archaeology Activity for Kids
Mon, 10/15/2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Tue, 10/16/2018 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Wed, 10/17/2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Thu, 10/18/2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Fri, 10/19/2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Sat, 10/20/2018 - 12:00pm to 3:00pm
Mon, 10/22/2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Tue, 10/23/2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Wed, 10/24/2018 - 10:00am to 2:00pm

October is Archaeology Month in Massachusetts. Celebrate with a Take a Walk Archaeology backpack. Each backpack contains binoculars, a magnifying glass and archaeology related activities appropriate for children ages 3 to 8. Rental is $5 per backpack. Activity lasts approximately one hour. No reservations necessary.  To learn more, click here.

Holiday Tea at Gore Place
Holiday Tea
Sat, 12/15/2018 - 4:00pm
Sat, 12/22/2018 - 3:00pm

Adults and older children enjoy a 3-tiered tea including scones, sandwiches, and sweets in the 1806 mansion followed by followed by period activities in this beautiful 19th century home. Seating is family style at tables up to 8.
ADVANCE TICKETS required by Dec 12
$38 members, $43 general
You must purchase your tickets at least one week prior to tea date. To purchase tickets, click here,
PLEASE NOTE: Cancellations must be made at least seven (7) days prior to the event. No refunds will be given after that date.

Santa Tea at Gore Place
Santa Tea at Gore Place
Sat, 12/15/2018 - 10:00am
Sat, 12/15/2018 - 1:00pm
Sun, 12/16/2018 - 1:00pm
Sun, 12/16/2018 - 3:30pm

Families enjoy a 3-tiered tea with scones, sandwiches, and sweets in the beautiful 1793 carriage house. Children do a holiday craft, families take photos in front of the tree to receive as a keepsake, and everyone joins Santa for songs and stories. Santa has a small gift for children as they leave, so stay on the nice list!  Seating is family style at tables up to 8. You must purchase your tickets at least one week prior to tea date. This holiday tradition sells out fast so get your tickets soon! ADVANCE TICKETS ARE REQUIRED: click here
$43 General admission (all ages); $38 members (all ages)
PLEASE NOTE: Cancellations must be made at least seven (7) days prior to the event. No refunds will be given after that date.

Gore Place presents Edgar Allan Poe: Master of the Macabre
Edgar Allan Poe: Master of the Macabre
Sat, 01/19/2019 - 3:00pm
Sat, 01/19/2019 - 5:00pm

Born in Boston in 1809, Poe ranks among the great American authors, inventor of the detective story, a wicked satirist and, master of the thriller. Literary historian Rob Velella brings Poe to life in a one-man, living history presentation with readings, biographical details, and wonderfully dark humor. Don’t miss this chance to enjoy some favorite and lesser known works by the Master of the Macabre! Recommended for ages 16 and up. $17, $12 members, $10 students with I.D. ADVANCE TICKETS, click here.