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The Stevens-Coolidge Place, North 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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  • I went to check it out for our summer wedding ceremony. The gardens were still blooming and are quite lovely. I would not say it's stroller-friendly. There are definitely picturesque areas for sure an...  more »
  • The gardens at the Stevens Coolidge place are lovely. The one which combines vegetables and flowers is particularly attractive and inspirational, although the walled garden is also beautiful. It's fre...  more »
  • Perfect place to enjoy a walk through the gardens and watch the bees polinate. Everything was in perfect bloom. There was a group taking a guided tour with the resident gardener, a photographer taking...  more »
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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