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Stevens-Coolidge House & Gardens

North Andover

91 acres

Tulips coming into bloom

Enter a world of a former farm that became an early-20th-century estate, where a newly expanded array of bountiful gardens and plantings complements a gracious and refined home.

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Plan Your Visit
  • Overview
  • Ideas for Your Visit
  • Admission & Hours
  • Directions & Contact Info
  • What You'll Find
  • Facilities & Accessibility
  • Venue Rental
  • Property Map
  • Regulations & Advisories

Overview

Enter a world of a former farm that became an early-20th-century estate, where a newly expanded array of bountiful gardens and plantings complements a gracious and refined home.  Stevens-Coolidge House & Gardens was the summer home of Helen Stevens Coolidge and her husband, John Gardner Coolidge—a diplomat descended from Thomas Jefferson and a nephew to Isabella Stewart Gardner—from 1914 to 1962.

Advance passes are strongly encouraged, with on-site sales possible if capacity allows.

Get Passes

Please note: The house remains closed at this time, passes are for gardens only. Passes are released weekly on Tuesdays

Ideas for Your Visit

Enter a world of a former farm that became an early-20th-century estate, where a newly expanded array of bountiful gardens and plantings complements a gracious and refined home.  Stevens-Coolidge House & Gardens was the summer home of Helen Stevens Coolidge and her husband, John Gardner Coolidge—a diplomat descended from Thomas Jefferson and a nephew to Isabella Stewart Gardner—from 1914 to 1962.

To prevent overcrowding at the Stevens-Coolidge parking lot, grounds, and gardens, tickets will be based on a pre-determined arrival date and will be limited in capacity. Please purchase tickets based on what day you would like to visit. Advance passes are suggested, with a limited availability on site. 

Admission & Hours

Advance passes are strongly encouraged, with on-site sales possible if capacity allows.

Get Passes

Please note: The house remains closed at this time, passes are for gardens only. Passes are released weekly on Tuesdays

Public Garden Operating Hours
Thursday-Tuesday 10AM to 6PM with last admission at 5PM

Admission Fees

  • Adults: $10
  • Child (3-12): $5
  • Children under 3 are FREE
  • Admission is FREE for Trustees Members. Verify with your Member ID to receive free admission when checking out.

Discounts are available as part of the EBT Card to Culture Program. For more information, please reach out to tickets@thetrustees.org.

Directions & Contact Info

153 Chickering Road
North Andover, MA 01845
Telephone: 978.689.9105

Get directions on Google Maps.

Please enter the grounds at our new address 153 Chickering Road, North Andover. 

 

What You'll Find

Community Days

We are surrounded by wonderful communities and we want to celebrate.

Flower CSA

Love the thought of a freshly picked and designed bouquet to brighten your home and your day? This season Stevens-Coolidge House & Gardens is offering a six week fall bouquet CSA! The Fall CSA will run August 31st to October 5th.

Upcoming Programs

 

Facilities & Accessibility

Public restrooms (seasonal).

Accessibility
Path: There is now an accessible crushed blue stone pathway throughout the grounds, accessible railings and ramp to the terrace around the historic house.

Accessible parking and restrooms in the Garden Gateway, and an accessible picnic table will be located at the far end of the property by the oak tree and Ashdale Farmstand.

Venue Rental

This venue is available for private rentals and photography shoots. Please click here for more information and to reserve a space.

 

It is also available for small weddings. Click here for more information.

Property Map

Free trail maps are distributed from a 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.

Looking for an online self-guided option? Click here to explore the garden features from your phone.

Regulations & Advisories

**The house remains closed to visitors and tours at this time.**

PLEASE NOTE: Per Governor Baker’s order, all visitors over the age of two are required to bring and wear a facemask at all Trustees properties, including Stevens-Coolidge.

PARKING AND ARRIVAL: Please note our NEW entrance is 153 Chickering Road, North Andover, MA 01845 (Get directions on Google Maps.) You will be asked to provide proof of admission for the designated date, either through presentation of printed/mobile ticket, or by name.

CANCELLATIONS/ REFUND: Tickets are non-refundable and the property is open rain or shine.

DATE CHANGES: At this time, we are unable to accommodate requests for date changes.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Professional photo shoots require a PERMIT and a Trustees membership. General picture taking of flowers, etc. welcome.

RETAIL & CONCESSIONS:  A selection of fun gifts, snacks, and beverages will be available for purchase on site! Visit our new Garden Gateway or the pop-up food and craft vendors onsite for food, drinks, and gifts.

Please maintain social distance when placing orders. At this time outside food and beverage is are not allowed.

FAQ:

How long is the walk around the property?  Typically, visitors spend approximately 1.5 hours exploring the grounds and gardens.

Can I bring my dog?  Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed at Stevens-Coolidge House & Gardens. Dogs are welcome on leash at nearby Weir Hill in North Andover and Ward Reservation in Andover, as well as on the Stevens-to-Stevens trail connecting North Andover’s historic center to Weir Hill.

Will there be restrooms available?  Yes, accessible restrooms are available in the Garden Gateway building by the parking lot. Two more restrooms are available at the back of the historic house.

Are the grounds accessible?  Yes, our recent updates include accessible parking, restrooms and crushed bluestone pathways throughout.

How long can I stay?  Guests are welcome to stay as long as necessary, typically the experience lasts between 1-2 hours.

The date I want to come is sold out online, can I purchase tickets when I get there?  We cannot guarantee space for walk-in guests. Please purchase tickets online in order to secure your spot.

Smoking and alcohol are not allowed anywhere on the property.

Please carry-out all trash, we do not provide trash barrels.

Mountain Biking is not allowed on the property. Visitors who arrive on bicycles are advised to dismount and walk through the gardens. Bike racks are not currently provided.

Before Setting Out
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Revitalized Gardens of The Trustees

Discover the revitalized public gardens and historic houses at two special places on the North Shore – Long Hill, in Beverly, and Stevens-Coolidge House & Gardens, in North Andover.

 

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Living Legacy

Stevens-Coolidge House & Gardens is located on land used by the Pennacook, Pawtucket, Massa-adchu-es-et, and Pentucket peoples as hunting and fishing grounds. Among North Andover’s first European settlers, John and Elizabeth Stevens arrived from England in the 1640s. In 1729, their grandchildren acquired and began farming the land, calling it Ashdale Farm after the large number of white ask trees that once grew here. The Stevens family farmed this land for six generations. When Helen Stevens Coolidge inherited Ashdale Farm in 1914, it had become her family’s country retreat rather than an income-producing farm. Helen and her husband, US diplomat John Gardner Coolidge, made the property their summer home. Noted preservation architect Joseph Everett Chandler was commissioned to renovate the house and gardens, and over the course of nearly five decades, the Coolidges transformed the property into an exquisite example of a neo-Georgian Colonial Revival estate.

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See What People Say

What a beautiful take in. A lovely walk on the grounds is perfect spring summer and fall. Many family pictures over the years. There are open houses during the season and one needs to take advantage. You won't want to miss this opportunity - a true hidden treasure in North Andover.

Trip Advisor Reviewer, North Andover resident

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