Lyman Estate, Waltham, Massachusetts
Welcome to the Lyman Estate Greenhouses
The Lyman Estate, "The Vale", was established in 1793 by Boston
merchant Theodore Lyman. It consisted originally of the mansion,
greenhouses, and 400 acres of grounds, gardens, woodlands, a deer
park, and a working farm. One of the finest examples of a Federal
period country estate in America, it was the Lyman family's summer
residence for over 150 years. Today, the mansion, greenhouse
complex, and 37 acres of land are owned and maintained by the
Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities.
The greenhouses are a reminder of the fascination with horticulture
prevalent among wealthy 19th century Bostonians. Typical of
structures which adorned landed estates in the 19th and early 20th
centuries, they shelter grapevines planted in 1870, 100-year-old
camellia trees, and other exotic plants. They are open year-round,
Monday - Saturday, 9:30 to 4:00. Visitors may purchase plants
propagated from the collection. Group tours can be arranged
through the horticulturist.
The mansion is open by appointment for group tours. It is also
available for rental for weddings, private parties, and corporate
781-893-7232 - 185 Lyman Street
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please call 781-893-7232.
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Created: April, 1996. Updated: 23 October 2003
...always under construction!