My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

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, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Friday, June 15, 2018

Historic Lyman Estate and Greenhouses

185 Lyman Street
Waltham, MA
(Phone numbers on flyer below.)

Front entrance. First photo shows back of the house.

The Lyman estate, a Federal style country home, now on 37 acres, was built in 1793, as a summer home to get away from Boston. It was built by shipping merchant, Theodore Lyman (very nice website about the man and the house). 
My husband and I visited this house during the free open-house to welcome the 2018 season. As a result, it was quite crowded, and there were no tours, but there were two employees to answer questions. I will go back another time to take the tour, and quite possibly we'll see one or two additional rooms. Note: We re-visited at the end of August, had a tour, and were able to see the bedroom on the second floor.

The Ballroom is so beautiful. We went to an outdoor wedding here years ago, and the reception was in this room.

This room is next to the ballroom, so it is probably used for the weddings. This is a very rare oval room. The yellow on the wall is not paint, but wallpaper!
Dining room.

Enclosed cabinets of china, in a small pantry.

Looking into the Library, and I couldn't wait to see the colorful tiles around the fireplace.

Photos of the staircase.
Looking at the second floor, and looking down at the garden.

 We saw only one bedroom.

The huge rhododendrons were vibrant under the threatening sky. The house look so small behind the shrubs.

A short walk across the grass brings you to the well-known greenhouse, one of the oldest in the United States. I've visited this many times through the years, usually in February or March, when the camellias are in bloom.

Photos from Historic New England site:

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