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New England Historic Holiday Home Tours

From a Victorian Christmas in Maine to glimmering gardens in Rhode Island, celebrate the season in style by touring one of these seven New England historic homes.

By Yankee Magazine

Dec 07 2020

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The Eustis Estate in Milton, MA | New England Historic Holiday Home Tours

Photo Credit : Mark Fleming

Please note that many establishments throughout New England have modified their hours and/or operations in response to COVID-19. Always check for the latest information before making travel plans.


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Historic Homes For the Holidays: 6 New England Historic Holiday Home Tours

New England Historic Holiday Home Tours
The Eustis Estate in Milton, MA | New England Historic Holiday Home Tours
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming

Eustis Estate | Milton, MA

A Gilded Age (1878) Queen Anne Revival stone mansion set on 80 acres in Milton, Massachusetts, the Eustis Estate sparkles with a 12-foot Christmas tree, lush poinsettias, and climbing garlands. The estate celebrates Christmas all through December with a slate of special events in addition to its regular admission hours. SEE MORE:If You Gild It, They Will Come | Christmas at the Eustis Estate in Milton, Massachusetts

Blithewold | Bristol, RI

This 33-acre English manor estate from the turn of the 20th century definitely gets into the yuletide spirit from late November through the new year: Its gardens become a glimmering winter wonderland, while its rooms are lavishly decorated in a historical theme. 

Castle Hill | Ipswich, MA

Every room in this 1920s mansion on the Crane Estate dons its “Roaring Twenties” holiday best for three festive days (December 10-12, 2021).

New England Historic Holiday Home Tours
Victoria Mansion in Portland, ME | New England Historic Holiday Home Tours
Photo Credit : Mark Fleming

Victoria Mansion | Portland, ME

Built in 1860 for hotel magnate Ruggles Sylvester Morse, this palatial brownstone Italianate villa will be decked for the holidays (multiple dates and times through January 9, 2021) by area designers in the theme “Christmas at Victoria Mansion.” Special events include a Christmas Gala (cancelled for 2021) and performances by the Portland Ballet.  

Mark Twain House | Hartford, CT

Twain’s 25-room neo-Gothic mansion is a stunner at any time of year, but the holiday season is when you can see it all gussied up for a late-19th-century Christmas.

Hildene | Manchester, VT

Experience the kind of Victorian Christmas that Robert and Mary Lincoln would have celebrated at their Georgian Revival country retreat in 1909. Christmas at Hildene runs all December long.

This post was first published in 2018 and has been updated.

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