Historic New England will be offering free tours at thirty five historic sites on Saturday, June 4. On the North Shore, visitors can experience over three hundred years of history in the organization’s eight properties, including Phillips House and Gedney House in Salem; Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House in Gloucester; Cogswell’s Grant in Essex; Spencer-Pierce-Little Farm, Coffin House, Swett-Illsley House in Newbury, and Rocky Hill Meeting House in Amesbury .
In Salem, come to the Phillips House, located at 34 Chestnut Street and tour the only house open to the public. The tour focuses on the life of the Phillips family, their renovations, the domestic staff, and the collection which includes five generations of antiques, art, furnishings, carriages, and cars. Tours start at 11:00 a.m. The last tour departs at 4:00 p.m.
The Gedney House is located at 21 High Street. After stepping inside, visitors are able to see how the second oldest home in Salem was built in 1665, hear the story of widowed tavern keeper Mary Gedney, and learn how the neighborhood transformed in the early 20th century. Highlights include the original post and beam construction, original seventeenth century paint treatments in the chamber, and an attic that shows four centuries of building history. Tours start at 11:00 a.m. The last tour departs at 2:00 p.m.
For more information on Historic New England and the free open house, visit HistoricNewEngland.org.
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