While a visit to the English Countryside Manors that inspired Downtown Abbey are off-limits these days (at least to those currently on this side of the pond), living in New England does boast many architectural, historic sites to rival its English predecessors.
Not only do each of these estates have fascinating histories, they are also a wonderful way to get a culture fix outdoors during Covid-19.
With stunning grounds open to the public right now, an afternoon stroll can be taken safely and socially distanced, at your leisure. To get even more of a history lesson, organized tours are available by appointment to most of these.
Their carefully conserved architecture and well-cared for gardens will transport you to another time, and also serve as a reminder of the wealth of history available to us in the Northeast. And to boot, all of these are conveniently located within driving distance of Boston – so there’s no plane travel necessary.
Wishing Everyone a Safe and Restful Weekend!
1. Castle Hill on the Crane Estate in Ipswich, MA
2. The Mount, Edith Wharton’s Home in the Berkshires
Morning light in the garden at Olana
3. Olana Estate, Frederic Churches’ Home in the Berkshires
4. The House of Seven Gables, the home of John Turner in Salem, MA
Banner Image Photography Credits: Annie Leibovitz for Vogue