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Historic New England
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Historic New England

Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. We collect and preserve buildings, landscapes, objects, and stories dating from the seventeenth century to the present and share them with you through our

  • Historic Properties – Visit our thirty-six historic sites, spanning five states and four centuries of New England life. Hear the stories of the New Englanders who called these places home, stroll through formal gardens, or visit working farms. Select from scores of public programs, from courses and workshops to walking tours, craft festivals, and concerts.
  • Collections – With more than 110,000 objects Historic New England has the most comprehensive and best documented collection of New England decorative arts in the country. Discover this unparalleled collection at the historic sites, through traveling exhibitions, and by exploring our extensive online Collections Access database.
  • Archives and PublicationsMore than one million items in the Historic New England archives document the region’s history, including photographs, prints, architectural drawings, books, manuscripts, and ephemera. Access this wealth of information through award-winning publications and the online Collections Access database.
  • Preservation Services – Historic New England will work with you to protect and maintain your older or historic home through Historic Homeowner membership, homeowner services, and the Stewardship Easement Program, one of the earliest preservation easement programs in the nation.
  • Educational Programs – Historic New England’s school and youth programs serve more than 43,000 students each year, and receive national attention for the creative way in which they use historical resources to enrich learning at the historic sites, in the classroom, and through out-of-school time programs.


As a Four Centuries of Massachusetts Furniture partner, Historic New England was proud to offer furniture lectures and workshops, as well as tours of our historic sites that feature superb examples of Massachusetts furniture: Castle Tucker and Marrett House in Maine; Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, Coffin House, Otis House, Quincy House, Winslow Crocker House, and Cogswell’s Grant in Massachusetts; and Barrett House in New Hampshire.