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Lost Gardens of Worcester County: CBHL Guides

Information and documentation on outstanding gardens of the past found in Central Massachusetts

At a Glance & Table of Contents

Lost Gardens of Worcester County (LGWC) is a project to identify and document the outstanding gardens of the past in Central Massachusetts. We're currently working on 40 gardens in 15 cities and towns, and creating guides for each.

Table of Contents

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 Allen Estate

Hawthorne Hill, the Thayer Estate

Iristhorpe, the Gage Estate

Juniper Hall, the Whittall Estate



Paine Estate

Stoddard Garden

Whitin Family Gardens

Check back as these and other guides are actively being updated.


The following gardens are actively under investigation.  Do you have information on any of them? Are you a relative of a former owner or gardener? If so, please be in touch!

Bolton: Misty Meadows; Boylston: Barlin Acres; Holden: Appleton Estate; Lancaster: Thayer Estates; Millbury: Asa Waters House; Princeton: Allen Estate;  Shrewsbury: Brewer Estate, Harlow, Haskell/Daniels, Golden Hill, Iristhorpe, Juniper Hall, Knowlton, Sumner; Worcester: Alden and Ayers, Bramble Hill, Cleveland, Colton, Merrifield, Hadwen, Aldus Higgins, John Woodman Higgins, Knollwood, Mariemont, The Oaks, Charles Persons, Salisbury Mansion, Smith House, Stoddard, Woodland-Jeppson.




Below are some of the print and digital resources we've used:

Ceccacci, Susan McDaniel (2015).  Living at the City's Green Edge: Bancroft Heights; a Planned Community in Worcester, Masachusetts.  Cambridge: TidePool Press.

Earle, Alice Morse (1901).  Old Time Gardens, Newly Set Forth.  N.Y.: Macmillan.

Erskine, Margaret A. (1981).  Heart of the Commonwealth, Worcester: an Illustrated History. Woodland Hills, CA:  Windsor Publications.

Favretti, Rudy (1966). Early New England Gardens,1620-1840.  Sturbridge, MA:  Old Sturbridge Village.

Fletcher Steele Archive. NY: SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Forty Immortals of Worcester and its County (1920).  Worcester: Worcester Bank and Trust.

Kingsley, Elbridge (1895). Picturesque Worcester.  Springfield, Mass.: W.F. Adams.  (3 vol.)

Nutt, Charles (1919). History of Worcester and its People.  N.Y.: Lewis Historical Pub. Co.  (4 vol.)

Rice, Franklin P. (1899).  The Worcester of 1898.  Worcester: F.S. Blanchard.

Some Historic Houses of Worcester (1919).  Worcester:  Worcester Bank and Trust.

Transactions of the Worcester County Horticultural Society.  Worcester:  The Society, 1840-2006. (October 6, 2015)

Our Partners

We have organizational partners but primarily we are a small but dedicated group of researchers interested in gardens and garden history. Participants include: Alena McNamara (Librarian, Tower Hill Botanic Garden), Kathy Bell, Susan Ceccacci, Linda Hart, Merry Morgan Hill, Brenda Morris, Bonnie O'Brien, and John Trexler.

Questions? Interested in joining us? Please contact

This guide provided by CBHL