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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, 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 Indoor Front-Carry Babywearing Tour
Indoor, Front-Carry Babywearing Tour
Tue, 03/05/2019 - 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 Carriage House Concert: The Foggy Mountain Consort
The Foggy Mountain Consort
Tue, 02/26/2019 - 7:30pm

The Foggy Mountain Consort is Bostons premier R&B band  that is, Renaissance & Bluegrass. This five-member ensemble fuses the delicate beauty of Renaissance music with the inventiveness and energy of fiddle and banjo-driven roots music, with the honest beauty of traditional folk songs.  For more information or to purchase tickets online, click here.

Gore Place Carriage House Concert: Nathan Gourley and Laura Feddersen
Carriage House Concert: Nathan Gourley and Laura Feddersen
Tue, 02/12/2019 - 7:30pm

Nathan was a finalist in the Sean O Riada fiddle competition in 2014 and winner of Bostons Fiddler of Dooney competition in 2013. He can be seen playing at concerts, ceilis, sessions and festivals in Boston and throughout the United States and Ireland. Laura has traveled extensively throughout the country playing and teaching fiddle, and is renowned for her unique and skillful interpretation of Irish, American, and Irish-American traditional music. For more information or to purchase tickets online, click here.
And for what it's worth, this concert performance will be on the 210th Anniversary of Abraham Lincoln's birth!

Gore Place Valentine's/Anti-Valentine's Sips and Stories
Valentine's/Anti-Valentine's Sips and Stories
Thu, 02/14/2019 - 7:00pm
Thu, 02/14/2019 - 8:30pm
Fri, 02/15/2019 - 7:00pm
Fri, 02/15/2019 - 8:30pm

Love Valentine’s Day or hate it? Either way, we’ve got the fun night out for you. Join Gore Place for Sips and Stories in our gorgeous 1806 Mansion. Hear readings on love, romance and singlehood by famous writers like Jane Austen.

  • Enjoy complimentary drinks, light appetizers and dessert.
  • Watermelon with balsamic glaze and fresh mint
  • Cold raspberry soup
  • Spicy vegetable maki roll
  • Goat cheese and fig jam crostini
  • Assorted mini sweets

Guests will also enjoy complimentary wine and sparkling water. We’ll finish up the evening with spicy hot cocoa and signature Gore Place coffee. Hope you can join us!
Ages 21+. Advance tickets required.  For more information or to purchase tickets online, click here.

Gore Place Winter Break Arts Workshop: Moving Panorama
Winter Break Arts Workshop: Moving Panorama
Mon, 02/18/2019 - 1:00pm

Winter Break Arts Workshop: Moving Panorama
Monday thru Friday, Feb 18 to 22 @ 1pm–4pm
Carriage House @ Gore Place in Waltham
Spend your school vacation using mixed media to create a crankie! We will illustrate onto a continuous paper scroll which, when cranked, tells a panoramic story! No art experience necessary! The week-long workshop is free and open to anyone ages 12 to 15. All materials will be provided. February 22 features a free public performance to take place at 5pm in the Carriage House. Show lasts 30 minutes and is preceded by light refreshments. RESERVATIONS REQUIRED FOR WORKSHOP. To reserve your place, email marisacalise@goreplace.org or register at www.crankie-workshop.bpt.me. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Waltham Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Mass Cultural Council, a state agency. To learn more or make reservations, click here.

Gore Place 32nd Sheepshearing Festival
32nd Sheepshearing Festival
Sat, 04/27/2019 - 10:00am to 5:00pm

SATURDAY, APRIL 27, 2019 from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. RAIN OR SHINE.

The festival features both traditional manual blade sheep shearing in addition to electric sheep shearing. Afterwards, the sheep fleeces are collected and sold. Our  Leicester Longwool sheep are sheared the traditional way with other sheep brought in for the electric shearing.

Our fiber tent area offers dozens of fiber artists specializing in wool yarn, roving, knitting kits, and finished wool products. Some even bring animals or special demonstrations.

Don’t miss the popular sheepherding demonstrations with border collies on the South Lawn.
 
Our crafter area will have up to 75 booths with artisans selling handmade goods!

After viewing shearing demonstrations and shopping, join us on a tour of the mansion (additional fee), watch the historic re-enactors, listen to live music, grab a bite to eat, take a wagon ride (additional fee), and more!

To learn more about the festival or festival sponsorship, click here.