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For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wyoming, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Stevens-Coolidge Place -- North Andover, MA -- Those Places Thursday

The Stevens-Coolidge Place (more) of North Andover, Massachusetts is rather close to where I live. My husband and I made our first visit there recently. The estate grounds, 91 acres, were free and open for all to visit. Bring a lunch and you can eat on the grounds. A special treat was seeing the rose garden, of which I limited myself to showing only two rose photos.

Vegetable Garden
Flower Garden
Rose Garden and below


From Wikipedia is this description, "The Stevens-Coolidge Place 91 acres, formerly known as Ashdale Farm, is a garden and historic home located at 139 Andover Street in North Andover, Massachusetts. Helen Stevens Coolidge's family first acquired the farm in 1729, and from 1914-1962 it was her summer home with husband John Gardner Coolidge, diplomat, descendant of Thomas Jefferson, and nephew of Isabella Stewart Gardner. It is now a nonprofit museum operated by The Trustees of Reservations.

Between 1914 and 1918, architect Joseph Everett Chandler remodeled two late-Federal period farmhouses to form today's house. Chandler also enhanced the design of the landscape, which eventually included a perennial garden, a kitchen and cut flower garden, a rose garden, a French potager garden with a brick serpentine wall, and a greenhouse complex. The house's collections include Asian artifacts including Chinese porcelain, American furniture, and European decorative arts."

2 comments:

Heather Rojo said...

Is this a cousin to you? He's one of my Gardner relations. Someone on this side of the family talked my Dad into taking the foreign service exam, and now your blog post says he was a diplomat. That explains a lot!

Barbara Poole said...

I believe so, but I just started on his genealogy, and need to make the connection. That is one of my goals, to find out. Hope you can get there, esp. when they give tours.