You’re invited to a Willowdale Estate Historic House Tour!
Willowdale Estate sits in the heart of the 747-acre Bradley Palmer State Park, which was originally an empty lot of land and fields with views of the Ipswich River. Over the past 118 years that this Estate has been in existence, it has gone through many transformations. With the good weather finally upon us, we’re kicking off a season of historic house tours to give the public an opportunity to learn more about its rich history! Weekly tours will be led by a Park Interpreter through the DCR (The Department of Conservation and Recreation), and seasonal tours will be offered by a member of our Willowdale Estate team!
Weekly tours led by the DCR occur every Monday at 10 am, now through the end of October. These tours don’t require advance registration and will be led by a Park Interpreter beginning at the main entrance of Willowdale Estate. DCR led tours provide an in-depth history of the land prior to the construction of Bradley W. Palmer’s “Willow Dale” mansion, and then move on to discuss how the building was remodeled during Palmer’s lifetime, and how we as its curators have subsequently returned it to its former grandeur. For more information about these weekly tours through DCR, please visit here.
Historic tours led by Willowdale Estate’s knowledgeable team occur seasonally, and feature historic details, context, and conversation about Bradley Palmer’s summer residence during an in-depth tour of the Estate! You’ll hear about the hidden details and fascinating history of our 1901 Arts & Crafts-style mansion, which was gifted to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in the 1940s. A light reception in our Glass Conservatory will also follow! To register for our first historic tour of the year coming up on Wednesday, June 26 th at 4:30 pm or 6:00pm, please visit our website.
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