• ABOUT GORE PLACE
  • What Is Gore Place?

    Gore Place is a 50-acre country estate in the city, a grand mansion steeped in history, a working farm, and an invaluable community resource.

     

    Where Is Gore Place?

    Gore Place is located at 52 Gore St. in Waltham, just nine miles from the heart of Boston. The grounds are open to the public as a community resource.

     

    Who Were the Gores?

    Christopher and Rebecca Gore were prominent Bostonians who lived during and after the American Revolution. Christopher served as governor of Massachusetts and a United States senator.

     

    When Was Gore Place Built?

    The Gores built their home in 1806. With the help of a Parisian architect, Rebecca planned the Federal-style mansion — a rare opportunity for a woman of the time. The Gores filled the house with locally made furniture and beautiful art, much of which remains in place today.

  • WHO WERE THE GORES
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    In 1776, America declare its independence from Britain and 17-year-old Christopher Gore graduated from Harvard College. Christopher’s family, a respected Boston clan, was divided by the question of independence; young Christopher took the side of the Revolutionaries and served in the Continental Army. His sharp judgment didn’t end there: Gore became a sought-after Boston lawyer, a savvy investor, a diplomat, a Massachusetts governor (1809-1810), and a U.S. senator (1813-1816).

     

    Rebecca Amory Payne, the daughter of a wealthy Boston family, married Christopher Gore in 1785. Interested in horticulture and architecture, Rebecca was instrumental in the design of the Gores’mansion, taking inspiration from the grand country houses of Europe. She and Christopher became prominent members of Boston society, gave elegant parties for their contemporaries, and hosted notable guests including President James Monroe and Daniel Webster.

  • VISIT GORE PLACE
  • We offer daytime and special evening tours of our beautiful 1806 mansion.

    Daytime Mansion Tours

    Enjoy a guided tour of the mansion including views of the Great Stairs, Great Hall, Withdrawing Room, Breakfast Room, Billiard Room, Gentlemen’s Sitting Room, Servant, and Family Chambers. All tours are appropriate for ages 6 and up. Tours begin in the Carriage House.

    Times:

    • Monday through Friday on the hour at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, and 2 pm
    • Saturdays on the hour at 12, 1, 2, and 3 pm
    • Sundays: Closed

ABOUT GORE PLACE

What Is Gore Place?

Gore Place is a 50-acre country estate in the city, a grand mansion steeped in history, a working farm, and an invaluable community resource.

 

Where Is Gore Place?

Gore Place is located at 52 Gore St. in Waltham, just nine miles from the heart of Boston. The grounds are open to the public as a community resource.

 

Who Were the Gores?

Christopher and Rebecca Gore were prominent Bostonians who lived during and after the American Revolution. Christopher served as governor of Massachusetts and a United States senator.

 

When Was Gore Place Built?

The Gores built their home in 1806. With the help of a Parisian architect, Rebecca planned the Federal-style mansion — a rare opportunity for a woman of the time. The Gores filled the house with locally made furniture and beautiful art, much of which remains in place today.

WHO WERE THE GORES

 

In 1776, America declare its independence from Britain and 17-year-old Christopher Gore graduated from Harvard College. Christopher’s family, a respected Boston clan, was divided by the question of independence; young Christopher took the side of the Revolutionaries and served in the Continental Army. His sharp judgment didn’t end there: Gore became a sought-after Boston lawyer, a savvy investor, a diplomat, a Massachusetts governor (1809-1810), and a U.S. senator (1813-1816).

 

Rebecca Amory Payne, the daughter of a wealthy Boston family, married Christopher Gore in 1785. Interested in horticulture and architecture, Rebecca was instrumental in the design of the Gores’mansion, taking inspiration from the grand country houses of Europe. She and Christopher became prominent members of Boston society, gave elegant parties for their contemporaries, and hosted notable guests including President James Monroe and Daniel Webster.

VISIT GORE PLACE

We offer daytime and special evening tours of our beautiful 1806 mansion.

Daytime Mansion Tours

Enjoy a guided tour of the mansion including views of the Great Stairs, Great Hall, Withdrawing Room, Breakfast Room, Billiard Room, Gentlemen’s Sitting Room, Servant, and Family Chambers. All tours are appropriate for ages 6 and up. Tours begin in the Carriage House.

Times:

  • Monday through Friday on the hour at 10 am, 11 am, 12 pm, 1 pm, and 2 pm
  • Saturdays on the hour at 12, 1, 2, and 3 pm
  • Sundays: Closed

Where else in the Boston area can I enjoy so many majestic old trees, a working farm, and a historic country house? – MB