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Lyman Estate, located in Waltham MA, is also known as "The Vale" and is a National Landmark
Lyman Estate National Historic Landmark
185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass. 02452
(617) 994-5912
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Lyman Estate National Historic Landmark


The Lyman Estate, also known as "the Vale," is one of the finest examples in the United States of a country estate following the principles of eighteenth-century English naturalistic design. In the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, large expanses of land and proximity to Boston made Waltham a popular location for country estates. The Lyman Estate was the warm-weather retreat for four generations of the Lyman family.

In 1793, shipping merchant Theodore Lyman commissioned famed architect Samuel McIntire to design and build a Federal-style house. The family enlarged the house in 1882 in the Victorian style and then remodeled it in the Colonial Revival style in 1917. The thirty-seven acre property includes beautifully preserved gardens and historic greenhouses. Visitors hear the story of the Lyman family as they explore the elegant mansion, which is used today as a venue for weddings, meetings, and private parties.

The mansion’s architectural features include an elegant ballroom and graceful oval parlor, both pristine examples of Federal design.

The Lyman Estate Greenhouses are open for casual or guided tours.

Contact the Lyman Estate:
Tours: 617-994-5912
Greenhouses: 617-994-5913
Function rentals: 617-994-6672

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