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South of Boston

Governor Oliver Ames Estate

Easton

36 acres

Explore a piece of Massachusetts history on this bucolic estate, first settled by Oliver Ames, Governor of the Commonwealth in the late 19th century.

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

Overview

Arriving in Easton in the early 19th century, the Ames family earned national renown through a shovel manufacturing company that supplied tools for the Civil War and the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad. The property on Oliver Street was home to Oliver Ames, who served as Massachusetts’ 35th governor, from 1887 to 1890.

The Trustees’ connections with the family go back to the organization’s inception: it was founded in the Boston offices of Frederick Lothrop Ames, the builder of the Langwater Estate and the cousin of Governor Ames. Now, in the heart of the North Easton National Historic District, the cultural legacies of the Ames family live on at the 36-acre estate.

Ideas for Your Visit

Take a leisurely exploration of the sweeping arboretum-style lawns, the elegant 19th-century stone stable, an agricultural field, meadows, brook, garden pond, and other features. Unfurl a blanket for a picnic with friends, examine the centuries-old trees dotting the property, and extend the day with side trips to the Easton Historical Society and Easton Children’s Museum.

Admission & Hours

FREE to all.

Year-round, daily, sunrise to sunset. Allow a minimum of 1/2 hour.

Directions

35 Oliver St.
Easton, MA 02356
Telephone: 781.784.0567
E-mail: greaterboston@thetrustees.org

Get directions on Google Maps.

From Rt. 93: Take Rt. 93 to Rt. 24 South. Take exit 17B to merge onto Rt. 123 West/ Belmont Street toward Easton. Follow for 1.6 mi. Turn right onto Rt. 138 North/Washington Street. Follow for 1.2 mi. and turn left onto Main Street. Follow for 0.8 mi. and turn right onto Sullivan Ave. Follow for 0.1 mi. and continue onto Mechanic Street for 0.1 mi. Turn right onto Oliver Street, take first left to stay on Oliver Street. Parking will be on right.

Property Map

A trail map is posted on the bulletin board. We recommend that you download a trail map before you visit.

Regulations & Advisories

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 park and others’ enjoyment of their visit here.
  • Dogs are welcome, but on-leash only.
  • Governor Oliver Ames Estate is open from sunrise to sunset. Entering or returning to the property after that time is prohibited.

The following are prohibited at the estate:

  • Consuming or possessing alcoholic beverages
  • Fires, camping, littering or dumping
  • Motorized vehicles (except for authorized management purposes)
  • Golfing
  • Cutting or removing vegetation
  • Disturbing, removing, defacing, cutting, or otherwise causing damage to a natural feature, sign, poster, barrier, building, or other property in the estate.

Photography

Commercial/Professional photography is allowed 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. Find the full policy here.

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History

This meandering property is a stone’s throw from the famed Ames shovel factory that supplied tools for the Civil War and the construction of the Transcontinental Railroad, among other important American events. The Ames’ family influence is still very much evident in the town of Easton. Their name graces the town library and high school, as well as the imposing Oakes Ames Memorial Hall, one of five Henry Hobson Richardson-designed structures in North Easton village.

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See What People Say

This is a great place for walking the dog, or having a picnic either on a blanket on the lawn or using one of the many picnic tables along the shore of the pond.

Darryl Hill, Local guide

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