Wheelchair Accommodating

The Stevens-Coolidge Place: Endless Summer Garden Party

Come and enjoy an open house and garden tours at The Stevens-Coolidge Place. We will even have croquet set up to enjoy in the formal lawn. Come explore the Stevens Coolidge Place country estate and the simple c1800 farmhouse that was transformed into an elegant estate with garden “rooms,” murals, bowed windows, and many Colonial Revival architectural details. Come step back into the 1920’s as you roam through the neo-Georgian Colonial house taking in the house’s collection of Chinese porcelain and artifacts from the Steven’s travels through Asia and Europe in the early 1900’s.

Tools for Survival: Ironworks on the Saugus

Ever wonder how early English settlers obtained the tools needed to survive in their new environment? Archaeologists have uncovered industrial sites in both England and America that shed light on work and survival in New England. Tour the reconstructed seventeenth century Iron Works with Park Ranger Krystal Vezina, followed by a presentation by Neil Wright, author of several books on industrial archaeology of England. Hear Neil Wright speak on the events in old Boston which led to industries like the Saugus Iron Works being established here in the young Massachusetts Bay Colony.

Children's Civil War Muster

Brought back by popular demand! As part of the 15th Annual Civil War Weekend, the Children's Muster is open to kids of all ages. Join the Lawrence Civil War Memorial Guard to learn what life was like in the Civil War Army! Sample Hardtack Crackers, learn about camp life, drill, payday and participate in a skirmish, then visit the sutler tent. Looking for both raw & seasoned recruits to help with the war! Rain or Shine.

Twilight at Bellevue Cemetery

Presented as the Kick-off for the 16th Annual Civil War Weekend the 6th Massachusetts Volunteer Militia is conducting this sunset tour of this National Register property. The Bellevue boasts a sweeping panoramic view of Lawrence and beyond. Twilight at Bellevue affords the best opportunity to see the sunset over this vibrant historic city. Visitors will tour this scenic mid-century landscape and interpret the meaning and lives with attention to the memorials of city founders, philanthropists, civil war veterans, Pemberton Mill disaster victims and more. Bring your camera!

Medical Astrology Exhibit

17th century physicians believed the heavens ruled over the human body and employed this science to diagnose ailments and prescribe remedies. Visit the Witch House to see this static exhibit -- included with self guided admission, free to Trails & Sails attendees.

Essex Residents Arts Fest

Celebrating creativity in the town of Essex, the day includes exhibits of 2-D and 3-D artistry, music, food, beverages and fun! This event is funded in part by the Essex Cultural Council, a local agency, through the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

West Parish Historic Cemetery Tour

West Parish Garden Cemetery is offering a tour of our historic and beautifully landscaped grounds. The tour includes descriptions of notables buried therein as well as an historic overview of the cemetery. We will also visit the on-site chapel built in 1909 in Romanesque style replete with priceless Tiffany stained glass windows. At the end of the tour clip some of our beautiful blooming hydrangea flowers as a memento for your home (free)!

Blacksmithing Friday in the Essex Company Forge

Step back in time with us for a day of blacksmithing in the Essex Company forge, the company that built the City of Lawrence! Richard Wright of the Granite State Hammer Alliance will be demonstrating the craft of traditional blacksmithing methods, forging both iron and mild steel to create items for practical use in our historic courtyard. The forge was first in use in the early 1880's when the Essex Company complex at 6 Essex Street in Lawrence was constructed.

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