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Stevens-Coolidge Place, Andover

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The Stevens-Coolidge Place, formerly known as Ashdale Farm, is a garden and historic home located on 91acre at 139 Andover Street in North Andover, Massachusetts. Helen Stevens Coolidge's family first acquired the farm in 1729, and from 1914 to 1962 it was her summer home with husband John Gardner Coolidge, diplomat, descendant of Thomas Jefferson, and nephew of Isabella Stewart Gardner. It is now a nonprofit museum operated by The Trustees of Reservations.Between 1914 and 1918, architect Joseph Everett Chandler remodeled two late-Federal period farmhouses to form today's house. Chandler also enhanced the design of the landscape, which eventually included a perennial garden, a kitch and flower garden, and a rose garden (all in the Colonial Revival style). A potager garden (kitchen garden in the French style) with a brick serpentine wall and a greenhouse complex were also built. The house's collections include Asian artifacts including Chinese porcelain, American furniture, and European decorative arts.BibliographyForsyth, Holly Kerr. Gardens of Eden: Among the World's Most Beautiful Gardens. Carlton, Vic.: Miegunyah Press, 2009.
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  • Ward reservation is a sprawling range of mixed wood forests, rolling hills and scenic views. With trails ranging from easy to intermediate, it's a great destination for families and folks just looking...  more »
  • I have visited this parking area many times but was surprised to find that they charge you to park here now! I hadn't been here since last fall so I'm not sure when this came to be?? I am saddened by ...  more »
  • Beautiful walks through meadows, woods and to the beautiful hidden bog pond, accessible over a long Boardwalk. From the higher elevations is a wonderful view of Boston in the distance. 
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  • A vast, beautiful, peaceful garden open to the public for everyday viewing, walking, exploring, or just sitting in the grass if you so desire. Popular for special occasion photos, such as proms and weddings, or no occasion at all. At times, the public can even pay a small donation to bring home some fresh veggies grown right there in the garden! The caretakers are quite nice, too.
  • It is a peaceful and quiet place to visit. Free of charge
  • This place is amazing