Long Hill

Long Hill
572 Essex Street
Beverly, MA 01915
978.921.1944

This former family retreat has been renowned for its gardens for almost a century. Atlantic Monthly editor Ellery Sedgwick purchased the 114 acre Long Hill as a summer home in 1916. His wife, Mabel Cabot Sedgwick, an accomplished horticulturist and author of The Garden Month by Month, published in 1907, laid gardens. After her death in 1937, Sedgwick's second wife Marjorie assumed care for the gardens and eventually collaborated with the Arnold Arboretum. The house itself is a reproduction of the Issac Ball House in Charleston, South Carolina in 1802. Mr. Sedgwick purchased carvings and other architectural details from the Ball House when it was abandoned, and shipped them to Boston by barge. Construction began at Long Hill in 1921, with bricks from an early mill in Ipswich. The gardens are laid out in a series of separate garden “rooms” surrounding the handsome, Federal-style, brick house. Each “room” is distinct in its own way, accented by ornaments and statuary. Today, the gardens retain the “Garden for Living”–style with integrated outdoor rooms, mature plantings that blend into the surrounding woodlands, and a spirit of innovation in horticulture.

Hours: 

Gardens are open year-round, daily, 8am to 5pm. Allow a minimum of 1½ hours. Peak bloom in May and June. Guided tours are offered in spring, summer, and fall and by appt.

Driving Directions: 

From Rt. 128 North to Exit 18, take Rt. 22 North 1 mi. Bear left at split in road and continue for 0.2 mi. on Essex Street to entrance on left (street number 572 is on the brick pillars). Parking area (50 cars) is up the driveway on left.

Site Notes & Advisories: 

A popular 1.2-mile main loop trail – great for families – passes through quintessentially New England woodlands dotted by vernal pools and imposing boulders. The gardens are flanked on all sides by more than 100 acres of woodland as well as an apple orchard, meadow, children’s garden, and agricultural fields, including a 2-acre organic vegetable farm run by The Food Project as a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) project. The Sedgwick Garden Library contains an extensive collection of horticultural periodicals and books that may be loaned to Trustees members. Nonmembers may use the library for reference. Please call 978.921.1944 for appointment.

Flags: 

  • Family Friendly
  • Parking
  • Restroom

Categories: 

  • Birding
  • Weddings
  • Winter Sports
  • Walking & Hiking
  • Wildlife Viewing
  • Historic Resources
  • Natural Resources
  • Community
  • Early Settlement Trail
  • Farms
  • Parks
  • Gardens
  • Recreation & Tours
  • Museums

Property Owner/Organization: 

The Trustees of Reservations
Essex Coastal Scenic Byway
Rail Trail
Rail Trail Trailhead