Recent News

Trillium Garden at The Wakefield Estate Sat. May 19th

Friday, 16 March 2018 10:04

ATTN : Trillium Garden at The Wakefield Estate MOVED TO RAIN DATE 5/20

A benefit to support the Wakefield Estate’s Outdoor Environmental Education Program
This event will now be held on its Rain date Sunday, May 20.
1:00pm-5:00pm
Food Trucks, Music, Garden Fun, Kids’ Activities, Farm Animals, and Cash Bar with draft beer from Trillium Brewing Company
Tickets are $30 per person, children under 18 free
Ticket price includes garden entrance, one 5 oz. pour, snacks and raffle ticket for a special door prize.
Carpooling and biking strongly encouraged! Those who carpool (3 person minimum) and bike to the event will receive an extra raffle ticket for door prize - one per car or bike.

To buy tickets, click here.
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Registration open for 2018 Summer Archaeology Institute

Monday, 12 February 2018 12:31

The Wakefield Estate's Summer Archaeology Institute is a hands-on archaeological excavation at the historic Wakefield Estate in Milton, MA. It is one of only a few programs of its type in the country. The institute is specifically designed for high school and college students interested in learning about local history and archaeology. Participants will work side by side with graduate archaeology students from UMass Boston. Each two-week session offers students a hands-on introduction to the field of archaeology through participation in an actual excavation on site at the estate. To read about some of the past discoveries, check the news archive on here on our website.

2018 Dates & Schedule

Session I: July 9 – July 20; Monday-Friday 9 am-3:00 pm

Session II: July 23 – August 3; Monday-Friday, 9 am-3:00 pm

Program Description

In each two-week session, participants will work closely with archaeologists to conduct survey work and learn how to set up an archaeological dig. Students will gain excavation experience and the methods and techniques involved in conducting archaeology. Possible field trips and special events include visiting the Boston City Archaeology Lab and meeting specialists from nearby archaeological museums.  Participants will also gain experience in identifying artifacts and the behind-the-scenes activities that occur after the fieldwork has been conducted.

Requirements

  • Willingness to work outdoors in all kinds of weather.
  • Enthusiasm for hard work and getting dirty -- this is an archaeological dig!
  • Commitment to teamwork and respect for others.
  • Ability to work independently as well as with others.

Cost

  • $300 per session; $450 for both sessions
  • Scholarships available based on need.  Please call 617-333-0924 for more information.

Application Process and Deadline

To obtain a copy of our application, call 617-333-0924 or click here for a downloadable pdf.

  • Send completed application to address below.
  • Space is limited; applicants will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.

Send or fax(call 617-333-0924 before faxing) completed application to:

Erica Max, Program Director

Wakefield Charitable Trust

1465 Brush Hill Road

Milton, MA  02186

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Planning and Creating a Compact Orchard

Monday, 05 February 2018 13:55

Become a backyard orchardist and grow your own fruit! Even with a small yard, you can enjoy fruit from your own trees with minimal effort and cost. This step-by-step workshop, to be held March 24 from 9:00-11:00 am, will teach you all you need to know to plan and create a compact orchard for years of enjoyment.. Participants will spend part of the workshop outside in the orchard for a pruning demonstration, so dress accordingly. Space is limited; pre-registration required.
Fee $20 member, $30 nonmember. Offered with the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University.

Register at my.arboretum.harvard.edu or call 617-384-5277.

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Feb. Stone Soup-Digging Deeper w/Archaeologist Dr. Sara Belkin 2/28

Monday, 05 February 2018 13:30

 

Join us on Wednesday, Feb 28th, for the second in the 2018 Stone Soup and Speaker series of engaging talks and delicious homemade soups. This year's theme, "Digging Deeper: Exploring the Wakefield Estate's Collections,"  allows for a deeper look at four different aspects of the estate's collections. This month, Sara Belkin, former Director of our Summer Archaeological Institute for teens, will discuss her intriguing findings and research during the past five years of digs, which focused on the Irish tenant farm family that occupied the farmhouse in the late 19th century, an interest that led to and culminated in her successful  defense  of her  doctoral dissertation in 2017.
This program will be held in the Isaac Davenport mansion located at 1465 Brush Hill Road starting at 6:00 pm. To RSVP, call 617-333-0924 x22.
Save the dates - the final two 2018 Stone Soup and Speaker series will be held the final Wednesday of March and April.

 

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