Stroll through elegant gardens complementing a stately country house, then explore surrounding fields, pastures, and woodlands that echo the property’s agricultural past.
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.
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.
Parking: Members: FREE; Nonmembers: $6.
House: Open during special events, not currently open for tours.
Grounds: Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to check ahead of time.
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.
Accessible parking spots are available. Due to the age of the house and site, along with uneven terrain in our woodland paths, the Bradley Estate is not ADA compliant and is not wheelchair, walker, or stroller-accessible, and may be difficult to access for guests with limited mobility.
There is a trail map posted on a kiosk in the main parking area.
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.
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:
The following are prohibited:
Note: Please check locally at property for posted advisories and regulations.
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In 1902, Dr. Arthur Tracy 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.
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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