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South of Boston

Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate

Canton

90 acres

Stroll through elegant gardens complementing a stately country house, then explore surrounding fields, pastures, and woodlands that echo the property’s agricultural past.

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Plan Your Visit
  • Overview
  • Ideas for Your Visit
  • Admission & Hours
  • Directions
  • Venue Rental
  • Property Map
  • Regulations & Advisories

Overview

Turning off of Route 128 and arriving at this 90-acre country retreat means stepping from one world to another, and for good reason. In 1902, Dr. Arthur Tracy Cabot retained noted architect Charles Platt to design the home, a majestic destination with elegant gardens, carriage rides, and all the amenities of turn-of-the-20th-century living in the Neponset River Valley. Cabot’s niece, Eleanor Cabot Bradley, and her husband, Ralph Bradley, later acquired the estate, preserving the genteel traditions of the property while adding ponds, a sunken camellia garden, and an art studio alongside the formal gardens.

In the gardens adjacent to the main house, an Italianate, latticed-walled garden forms a centerpiece of Platt’s vision, evincing restrained formality supported and contrasted by exuberant plantings of rhododendron, azalea, and dogwood. Some 500 tulips and 500 lilies bloom throughout the spring and summer, complementing the fragrant roses and perennials growing in the Formal Garden. The grounds also provide a gorgeous backdrop to wedding ceremonies, held on weekends from May through October.

Note: Winterlights tickets have sold out for The Bradley Estate. Click here for tickets to Naumkeag Winterlights.

 

Ideas for Your Visit

Trace three miles of woodland cart paths and trails lacing the outlying parts of the estate—comprising more than 60 acres of woods and wetlands—and catch a glimpse of the small, vibrant farm operating on 15 acres beyond.

Admission & Hours

Parking: Members: FREE; Nonmembers: $5.
Formal Garden: FREE
House: Currently not open for tours.

Grounds: Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1.5 hours.

Weddings are held on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from May to October so the formal garden and the grounds around the house may be unavailable after 1:00PM on the booked event days, but the rest of the 90 acres are open. Email bradley@thetrustees.org to check ahead of time.

Directions

2468B Washington Street (Route 138)
Canton, MA 02021
General Information: 857.302.4082, bradley@thetrustees.org
Wedding Rentals: bradleyestate@firesidecatering.com

Get directions on Google Maps.

From Route 128 (I-93), take Exit 2A and follow Rt. 138 South towards Stoughton. Immediately after crossing bridge (if exiting from Rt. 128 North) or coming off exit ramp (if exiting from Rt. 128 South), turn right into first driveway on the right (it comes up fast!). Follow signs to parking area (75 cars). The drives on the property utilize a one-way system, so please take notice of signs.

Venue Rental

The ground floor and grounds surrounding the main house may be rented for weddings and other private functions. Please contact us for further information at  bradley@thetrustees.org or visit our website.

Property Map

Free trail map distributed from bulletin board in the parking area. Please understand that supplies periodically run out.

We recommend that you take a photo of the map on your phone so you can refer to it during your visit, or download a trail map before you head out.

Regulations & Advisories

We hope you enjoy your visit. For your safety, and to help protect this unique resource, we ask that you please comply with the following regulations:

  • Please respect the tranquility of this property and others’ enjoyment of their visit here.
  • Dogs must be kept on leash at all times. Please help us keep the Bradley Estate clean by removing all dog waste from the reservation.
  • The Bradley Estate is open from sunrise to sunset. Entering or remaining on the property after that time is prohibited.
  • Weddings are held on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from May to October so the formal garden and the grounds around the house may be unavailable after 1:00PM on the booked event days, but the rest of the 90 acres are open. Email bradley@thetrustees.org to check ahead of time.
  • There are no tours of the house for the general public. If you are interested in renting the house and grounds for a wedding, please email: bradleyestate@firesidecatering.com.
  • There are no restrooms for the general public.

The following are prohibited:

  • Consuming or possessing alcoholic beverages
  • Fires, camping, littering, or dumping
  • Motorized vehicles (except for wheelchairs and authorized management purposes)
  • Organized sports/games (unless with written consent from The Trustees)
  • Horseback riding (unless with written consent from The Trustees)
  • Swimming or wading
  • Cutting or removing vegetation
  • Disturbing wildlife
  • Disturbing, removing, defacing, cutting, or otherwise causing damage to a natural feature, sign, poster, barrier, building, or other property in the park.

Note: Please check locally at property for posted advisories and regulations.

Hunting
Authorized bow hunting, only with written permission, is allowed on this reservation for a limited number of hunters, according to MasssWildlife regulations from mid October through December each year, from ½ hour before sunrise all day until ½ hour after sunset, Monday through Saturday. Hunting is not allowed on Sundays. Signage is posted at the property listing safety precautions, requirements, and rules for the benefit of all visitors.

Photography

Commercial/Professional photography is allowed only with permission – please email greaterboston@thetrustees.org to obtain permit.

The Trustees reserves the right to photograph or video visitors and program participants for promotional use, and usage of our properties implies consent. Please read our photo and video policy.

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History

In 1902, Dr. Arthur Tracey Cabot hired architect Charles Platt to design a country house, landscaped grounds, and a complex of farm and estate buildings. In 1945, Cabot’s niece, Eleanor Cabot Bradley, acquired the property. She and her husband Ralph Bradley made minor modifications to the buildings and restored the overgrown fields.

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See What People Say

A great venue for a lovely walk or tour. The estate is also a great venue for a small wedding or event.

NorthCarolina2015, Trip Advisor

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