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, November 30, 2018

Codman Estate, Lincoln, Massachusetts

Codman Estate (c. 1740)
34 Codman Road
Lincoln, Mass. 01773

Our (husband and I) first glimpse of the English country house (shown above) was a short distance from where we parked. Who wouldn't want to tour this family country home, a very short distance from Walden Pond, in Concord, and the Gropius House in Lincoln, Massachusetts. Unfortunately, we had to wait the entire summer, until it was ready to open in September (because of ground work on the property). Still, unfortunate, that work wasn't done, and it's rescheduled for next year.

The 22 room house is filled with an accumulation of furniture of different periods, there are books, china, old master paintings, family portraits, and other family possessions.

Of all the house blogs I've written, this one will have the least amount of writing, and perhaps the most photos. For more information, please use the website above.

First room we saw was the Morning Room, a corner room with lots of paintings and family portraits of the Codmans.

The ceiling in the dining room was most unusual. A small pantry is in the center of this picture, next to the huge fireplace. The family had a love of old master Dutch paintings and blue Delft plates.

The Drawing room used to be the ballroom in 1799. It was much larger than what you see in these photos. A lovely room, with a lot of windows.
The next room was the Library, shown in four photos.

Stairs to the 2nd floor to beautiful bedrooms.


Love the little purse.
Sewing kit, unfortunately we didn't see it because it is shown on special occasions (for fund-raising).

Another thing I loved were the stairs. I noticed an elevator, but not sure if it is working.

Servants back staircase, with works of art on the wall for them to enjoy?

Below are the kitchen areas, old and modernized.

Front of the house, and from the top step, looking down the walkway to the private road.

Private road to the house.

Road to Walden Pond, Concord, MA.
We didn't see the Italian Garden, walk around the house, Dorothy's Garden, Greenhouse or see the Carriage House. It is something we look forward to doing next year on a sunny day, with no chance of rain.

Because of planned outside work, this estate wasn't open until September. I am not sure what they will do for 2019. This is a popular venue for weddings and events, so I'm hoping it will be open, if not, the gardens and grounds would be. UPDATE: I called the organization and found out that the ground work is being done now, so it should be open next year!

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