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52 Gore Street, Waltham, MA
(781) 894-2798
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Gore Place


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.

Currently closed
Monday - Friday:
10:00 am-3:00 pm
12:00 pm-3:00 pm
Private Parking
Accept credit cards
Ongoing Events & Promotions: 
Gore Place Tot Time at the Nature Playscape
Tot Time at the Nature Playscape
Mon, 05/13/2019 - 10:00am
Mon, 06/10/2019 - 10:00am
Mon, 07/08/2019 - 10:00am
Mon, 08/12/2019 - 10:00am

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 Gore Place or call (781) 894-2798. Please dress children in pants and closed-toe shoes.

Click here to learn more or purchase tickets.

Gore Place Indoor Front-Carry Babywearing Tour
Indoor, Front-Carry Babywearing Tour
Tue, 05/07/2019 - 10:00am
Tue, 06/04/2019 - 10:00am
Tue, 07/02/2019 - 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 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.

Gore Place Annual Plant Sale
Annual Plant Sale
Fri, 05/17/2019 - 8:00am to 4:00pm
Sat, 05/18/2019 - 8:00am to 4:00pm
Sun, 05/19/2019 - 8:00am to 12:00pm

This year’s offerings feature vegetable garden transplants including many varieties of hard-to-find hybrid and heirloom tomatoes, heirloom annuals, herbs, and beautiful perennials! It’s not only the large selection that makes this sale special; it’s also the chance to speak with gardener Scott Clarke. Scott knows a lot about these varieties, and he’s eager to share his knowledge with you! Everyone is encouraged to bring their own box for transporting their purchases.

Eggplant Peppers Tomatoes
AretussaAceAmish Paste
DancerCalifornia WonderAussie
Florida HighbushCarmenBeauty
NadiaFataliiBetter Bush
Orient ExpressGoddessBig Beef HYB
Patio BabyHot RodBlack Cherry
Pingtung LongHungarian Hot WaxBlack Krim
 JalafuegoBoxcar Willy
 Jimmy NardelloBrandy Wine
 Red FlameCarbon
  Crnkovic Yugoslavian
  Currant, Sweet Pea
  Genuwine HYB
  German Johnson
  John Baer
  Large Red Cherry
  Mule Team
  Pink Berkeley
  Redfield Beauty
  San Marzano II
  Super Fantastic
  Sun Gold
  Super Sweet 100
  Washington Cherry

To learn more about this year's sale, click here.

Gore Place Moonlight Tour
Moonlight Tour
Fri, 04/19/2019 - 7:30pm
Fri, 05/10/2019 - 7:30pm
Fri, 05/24/2019 - 7:30pm
Fri, 06/07/2019 - 7:30pm
Fri, 06/21/2019 - 7:30pm

Evening tours of the mansion. 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.

The mansion at Gore Place is said to be the finest example of Federal period architecture in New England.

On this tour you’ll start in the 1793 Carriage House with it’s restored carriages. Then, walk the path to the mansion where you’ll marvel at the graceful curve of the Great Stairs, the lovely Oval Withdrawing Room, Gore’s Office and Library, the Peacock Parlor and Great Hall.

Then, you’ll climb the Servant’s Staircase to visit the Servant’s Quarters and on up the Family Stairs to the beautiful Billiards Room, Gentleman’s Sitting Room, the Guest Bedchamber, the Gore’s Bedchamber, and Mrs. Gore’s Cabinet. All along the way, you’ll marvel at the style and quality of the furnishings, the many Boston-built pieces and the personal touches that make this one of the great house tours.

$17, $12 members, $10 students.  To learn more or purchase tickets, click here.

Gore Place Carriage House Concert: Emerald Rae
Carriage House Concert: Emerald Rae
Tue, 04/09/2019 - 7:30pm

Fiddler & Folksinger Emerald Rae brings the combination of strings and song to a new plateau with mesmerizing dexterity. Hailing from the historic fishing community of Gloucester, Massachusetts, Emerald is both a small-town girl steeped in cherished folk traditions and a world-class artist breaking new ground with inventive fiddle effects. A degree in Film Scoring from Berklee College of Music in Boston gave her the freedom to cast a wide creative net, while her grit and intensity was earned during her twenty-year career as a powerhouse fiddler and dancer. Admission pricing: $16, $13 members, $11 students.

People call the beautifully restored 1793 Carriage House at Gore Place “a lovely little music box of a room. ” An intimate space (capacity 75) with wonderful acoustics (most performances don’t require amplification), the Carriage House will become one of your favorite venues! Onsite parking is free and the facility is fully accessible. Tickets available online or at the door.

Gore Place Carriage House Concert: Shirley Hunt
Carriage House Concert: Shirley Hunt
Tue, 04/23/2019 - 7:30pm

Internationally respected baroque cellist and violist da gamba Shirley Hunt brings fierce imagination and integrity to the music of the Renaissance, Baroque, and contemporary eras. Praised by The Strad as “stylish and accomplished,” she embraces an eclectic musical life as a soloist and collaborator in the field of early music – performing regularly with Handel and Haydn Society, Boston Baroque, Emmanuel Music, Sonnambula, Ruckus, and the Cramer Quartet.
$16, $13 members, $11 students with I.D. To learn more or purchase tickets online, click here.

Enjoy concerts by the finest Classical and traditional performers in our region! People call the beautifully restored 1793 Carriage House at Gore Place a lovely little music box of a room. An intimate space (capacity 75) with wonderful acoustics (most performances don't require amplification), the Carriage House will become one of your favorite venues. Onsite parking is free and the facility is fully accessible.