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Glen Magna Farms Estate

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Historical Overview

Glen Magna Farms, survives unrivaled as an estate exemplifying North Shore summer living. It typifies the golden age of American gardens when eclecticism and historicism dominated landscape as well as architecture.

During the War of 1812 Joseph Peabody, the wealthiest Salem shipping merchant, bought a twenty acre Danvers property with dwelling house described as “in every respect well calculated for a gentleman’s seat.” From this initial twenty acre purchase, the property grew to over three hundred and thirty acres, enduring as the summer retreat for the family for one hundred and forty-four years.

By 1892, the property belonged to Ellen Peabody Endicott, Joseph Peabody’s granddaughter, who further enlarged and embellished the house and grounds. In 1893, she hired the Boston architectural firm of Little, Brown and More to design the expansion of the Mansion to its classic colonial revival form. In 1926, the year before Ellen Endicott died, she received the Hunnewell Gold Medal, a prestigious honor granted by the Massachusetts Horticultural Society.

Her son, William Crowninshield Endicott, Jr. continued to lavish attention on the Farms, upgrading and enhancing the estate until his death in 1936. He was instrumental in bringing the Derby Summer House (built in 1794) to the property in 1901. The two story Adamesque building has been listed as a National Historic Landmark since 1968.

In 1963, the Danvers Historical Society purchased the central eleven acres of the property and has worked to restore the gardens and grounds to its early 20th century appearance. The Massachusetts Historical Commission and the Massachusetts Horticultural Society have recognized the garden preservation efforts.

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Directions

Ingersoll Street
Danvers, MA

From Boston:
Route 93 to Route 95 or 128 North to Route 1 (Exit 44B).
Follow Route 1 North to the Danvers, Centre Street exit.
Turn left at the end of the exit ramp.
Continue for a 1/4 mile.
Take a left onto Ingersoll Street.
Follow the signs to the
Glen Magna Farms parking area.

From Northern New England:
Routes 89, 93 to 128 North.
Continue with above directions.
Routes 95 and 1 South follow directions for Centre Street.

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Hours

Glen Magna Farms gardens & grounds, Ingersoll Street, are open to the public 9AM till dusk, Monday through Friday. In addition, they are open Saturday and Sunday, 9AM-12 noon, unless closed for a private function. The mansion and gardens are available for weddings and functions. Please call 978-774-9165 or www.glenmagnafarms.org for more information.

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Tours

Visitors are welcome to tour the Gardens from 9am until dusk, Monday through Friday. Saturday & Sunday from 9am to 12 noon, unless otherwise posted for a private event. A $2.00 donation is appreciated for self-guided tours of the grounds only.

Seasonal group guided tours (20 or more) are available by appointment; please call 978-774-9165 for reservations and prices.

Seasonal guided lunch tour (10 person minimum) of the house and gardens is offered May - October, and includes a boxed lunch. Reservations required by the previous Friday, please call 978-774-9165. Cost $20 per person. Wednesdays only, 11AM, rain or shine.

There are many other special events and tours going on at Glen Magna Farms—check it out under events!

Tours of the mansion for private event rental are by appointment only. Please call 978-774-9165 to schedule an appointment.

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Photo Gallery

 

Registered National Historic Landmark Derby Summer House
Danvers Historical Society

Endicott Mansion with wisteria in full bloom
Danvers Historical Society

Registered National Historic Landmark Derby Summer House
Danvers Historical Society

Registered National Historic Landmark Derby Summer House
Danvers Historical Society

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