Lyman Estate and Greenhouses
Mansion: 781-891-4882, Greenhouses: 781-891-1985, Functions: 617-994-6672
The Lyman Estate is located on Lyman Street at the rotary near Bentley University. It was built in 1793. The estate (also known as "The Vale") is a beautiful home designed by Samuel McIntire. It has been remodeled several times over its 150-year history and is now Colonial Revival style.
It takes up 37 acres and has several outbuildings, including a huge greenhouse. Plants maybe purchased from the greenhouse and a small gift shop is also located there. The mansion itself is not open to the public for "drop-in" tours. Group guided tours can be arranged in advance. The house is primarily used for weddings, parties and corporate events.
The Lyman Estate is owned and operated by the non-profit Historic New England organization.
- Hours: Mansion: Beginning June 2012 open year round third Saturday of the month. Tours on the hour, 10 AM – 1 PM. Last tour at noon. Greenhouses: Wed – Sun, Dec. 15 – July 15, Wed – Sat, July 16 – Dec. 14, 9:30 AM – 4 PM
- Founding Date: 1804
- Ticket information: Admission to Greenhouses Free Guided tours First Wednesday of the month 11:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Tours on the hour $6 adults Free for Historic New England members
- Private parties: No
- Parking: Free lot
- Restrictions: No smoking
- What is an interesting historical or little known fact about this town?: The Lyman Estate Greenhouses are among the oldest surviving greenhouses in the United States.
- Guided tours?: Yes
- Guided tour languages: English
- Audio tours?: No
- Gift shop: Yes
- Cameras allowed?: Yes
- Membership levels: Corporate, Family, Individual
- Services (party and event services): Venues