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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, 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 Indoor Front-Carry Babywearing Tour
Indoor, Front-Carry Babywearing Tour
Tue, 02/05/2019 - 10:00am
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 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.

Gore Place Annual Book Sale Preview: Books and Bon Bons
Books and Bon Bons
Fri, 01/18/2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm

Join us in the mansion for a preview party for our annual Book Sale. Not only will you find fabulous, gently used books at ridiculously low prices ($1 paper backs, $2 hardcover); but you’ll sample delicious chocolate treats from Waltham’s own premiere chocolatier Tick Tock Chocolates. Limited samples, so come early! With a few good books and a box of delicious Tick Tock Chocolates, you can face any storm!

Admission is free!

Gore Place Morgan Minsk in Concert
Morgan Minsk in Concert
Tue, 01/22/2019 - 7:30pm

Award-winning vocalist, performer, and composer Morgan Minsk taught herself piano in kindergarten and composed her first song at age 7. She graduated magna cum laude in 2015 with a B.A. in Music Therapy and a minor in Psychology. While at Berklee, Minsk received several awards, including the Voice Departments Outstanding Performer Award. She is an accomplished singer-songwriter and has directed, participated in, and composed for numerous wind ensembles, choirs, musical theater productions, jazz, and benefit shows.
Please note that this concert will be in the mansion.
$16 general admission, $13 members, $11 students with I.D.  To purchase tickets online, click here.