Enter a world of early 20th-century country elegance at a former farm-turned-estate, where breathtaking gardens complement refined interiors.
The Stevens-Coolidge Place exemplifies the rural retreats of wealthy urbanites of the early 1900s. It 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.
The Coolidges hired preservation architect Joseph Everett Chandler to remodel the property’s two connected, Federal-period farmhouses, creating a gracious Colonial Revival estate surrounded by perennial gardens, a rose garden and greenhouse complex, and French vegetable garden with a brick serpentine wall.
Explore the home’s eclectic interior, featuring Chinese porcelain and other Asian artifacts mingling with American furniture and American and European decorative arts, an entry hall mural painted by Spanish artist Joseph Remidas, a split staircase, delft-tiled dining-room fireplace, and tavern ballroom. Meanwhile, the magnificent gardens are undergoing a significant revitalization and restoration, providing a varied and engaging horticultural haven in the Merrimack Valley.
Members and Nonmembers: FREE; on-site donations are welcome.
137 Andover Street
North Andover, MA 01845
From I-93, take Route 125 (Andover By-Pass) North 7.3 mi. At end of road, merge left onto Route 114 North. At traffic lights opposite Merrimack College (on left), turn right onto Andover St. (remains route 125) and follow for 0.2 mi. Turn right at traffic lights (remains Andover Street) and follow for 0.5 mi. The Main House will be on the left, however the designated parking area is across the street from the property. At the Stevens-Coolidge Place Sign take a right onto Chestnut Street and then an immediate left into the parking lot (15 cars). From the parking area kiosk, follow the short path and cross Andover Street at the crosswalk. The property can be accessed from the entrance at the end of the crosswalk or from the entrance in front of the Main House.
Public restrooms (seasonal).
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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.
We want you to experience Trustees reservations to their fullest, whether you're spending time with friends and family or seeking quiet time by yourself.
From the Colonial Era to the Modern Movement, our historic homes represent architecture, design, and history that spans more than 300 years.
In Massachusetts, people and the land are of each other, inextricably woven together to form the tapestry of our long history together.
To connect people with the rich history of farming at Appleton, a vegetable Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program was established in 2002.
Learn more about the initiative to rejuvenate the public gardens at Long Hill and The Stevens-Coolidge Place.
Originally the 18th C. farmstead of the Stevens Family, Ashdale Farm was inherited by Helen Granger Stevens and in 1914 she and husband, US diplomat John Gardner Coolidge, made the property their summer home, including an eclectic collection from the Coolidge’s world travels. Architect Joseph Everett Chandler was commissioned to renovate the house and gardens in the Colonial Revival style.
Tulips begin to bloom
Aerial view of Stevens-Coolidge gardens
One of the many tulip varieties on display
Eastern Black Swallowtail
Lily Pond scene
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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