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Glen Magna Farms, Danvers

Garden · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Glen Magna Farms (4.5 ha / 11 acres) is a historic country estate located at the end of Ingersoll Street, Danvers, Massachusetts. It is currently owned by the Danvers Historical Society and open daily. An admission donation is suggested. Guided tours of the house and gardens are offered from May to July and includes a box lunch.

The estate began during the War of 1812 when Joseph Peabody, a leading Salem merchant, bought a 20-acre (81,000 m2) property with house. With additional purchases, the estate eventually grew to 330 acres (1.3 km2). In 1893, Ellen Peabody Endicott, his granddaughter, hired the Boston architecture firm of Little, Browne & Moore to expand the house to its current form. In 1926 she was awarded the Massachusetts Horticultural Society's Hunnewell Gold Medal for the estate's plantings. Her son, William Crowninshield Endicott, Jr., continued to improve the grounds, most notably in 1901 by moving the Derby Summer House (built 1794 to designs by Samuel McIntire) to the property. In 1963 the Danvers Historical Society purchased the central 11 acres (45,000 m2) of the property for restoration and preservation. Much of the remainder of the estate, some 165 acres (0.67 km2), is now the public Endicott Park.

Today the grounds are open to the public for viewing and special events. Key features of the grounds include the striking Derby Summer House with its enclosed rose garden designed by Herbert Browne; Cushing pergola with wisteria; flower garden with small fountain and geraniums, peonies, lilies, hostas, and roses; old fashioned central garden; shrubbery garden of rhododendrons, hemlocks, forsythia, azaleas, fringe tree, dogwood, and weeping beech; and a carriage road and miscellaneous statuary.

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  • Like many brides trying to plan a wedding in the COVID-19 era, I didn’t think it was possible. The staff at Glen Magna proved me wrong! We had an incredible wedding (48 guests!) in the most...  more »
  • If you want to spend time outdoors, this is a great spot to do so. Clean, quite and free. A very nice please  more »
  • I have made several visits to Glen Magna since my last review of this historic site, but this review will focus on the charming Derby Summer House (also known as the McIntire Tea House), which I...  more »
  • Great place for a wedding or any other function! Garden is absolutely stunning! The mansion is a well preserved piece of history that you can actually walk through and touch. Lots of parking and a 2 minute drive to interstate 95.
  • Beautiful venue for a wedding or other event So many beautiful flowers and trees/shrubs. The decor and wallpaper inside the house is also very beautiful and charming and comes with destinction of each wall about the art on the wall paper and info about the history about the house. Highly recommend for weddings or other special events or just for a nice nature walk.
  • Beautiful wedding or party venue! Well staffed and very nicely appointed.
  • Wonderful people and fantastic venue. Highly recommended for just about any kind of outing or function.
  • Although we have photographed tons of weddings around this venue, this past October we finally documented an outdoor wedding here! This venue has so many amazing secret spots for photos, we loved it. The bridal room is also incredible... full of natural light, lots of big mirrors and a super cool antique bathroom!

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