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Join us for Dogwood Days 2019 - it is going to be SPECTACULAR!

Thursday, 16 May 2019 14:55

Dogwood Days 2019: A Week-long Celebration
Plan to visit us during our signature event: Dogwood Days - the annual week-long celebration of estate’s iconic kousa dogwood trees this June!

Each June, the Wakefield Estate welcomes visitors to celebrate the annual blooming of hundreds of Polly Wakefield's kousa dogwood trees. We’re excited to announce that this year’s Dogwood Days will kick-off with our seventh annual Dogwood Days Garden Party on June 8th (rsvp required), followed by a week-full of special events, including open hours, guided tours, a tree sale, our Wine, Cheese and Trees event, Dog and Dogwoods Day and more. From Sunday, June 9th until Saturday, June 15th, the grounds will be open daily from 10 am until 4 pm for self-guided walks around the formal gardens where hundreds of kousa dogwoods will be at their peak bloom. 

Schedule is subject to change. Please call 617-333-0924 to confirm specific program info.

In conjunction with our Dogwood Days Celebration, we will hold our annual plant sale. This is your opportunity to add some special woody plants and perennials to your own yard, including some of the estate's signature kousa dogwoods, metasequoias, tulip trees, and mayapples. 

Program highlights include:

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, June 8th: Our annual Dogwood Days Garden Party. Help us celebrate Dogwood Days with this wonderful celebration of the glorious dogwoods and grounds held at the Isaac Davenport Mansion! Festivities begin at 5 pm. For more information or to RSVP, call 617-333-0924. To buy your ticket, click here.

Saturday, June 8
7th Dogwood Days Garden Party
The Dogwood Days Garden Party is the Wakefield Estate’s annual fundraiser, celebrating the legacy of Polly Wakefield and her extraordinary gift to the community. Tickets are $75 and must be purchased in advance. For tickets call Call 617-333-0924 to receive an invitation in the mail.

Sunday, June 9 – Saturday, June 15
During Dogwood Days week-long celebration, the estate will be open to the public daily from 10am-4pm for self-guided garden tours and plant sale. Stroll about the estate grounds and formal gardens to view hundreds of breathtaking kousa dogwoods at their peak bloom. If your garden club or organization would like a private guided tour, please call us at (617) 333-0924. During Dogwood Days, a donation of $5 for admission is suggested.

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Wednesday, June 12 - Wine, Cheese and Trees event - 6:30 pm

Saturday, June 15th - Dogs & Dogwoods Day and Dogwood Beer Garden - a day of fun for families and four-legged friends featuring "dog" related activities, including an informal dog show at 1:00 pm. Stroll the gardens and enjoy the dogwoods at their peak. All dogs must be kept on leash and be under their owner's control. 

Saturday, June 15th - 1:00 pm Family-friendly Dog Show
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm Dogwood Beer Garden - Join us for a refreshing pint of locally-crafted draft beer

Directions to the Wakefield Estate
From Rt. I-95/128

Take exit 2B in Canton for Rt. 138 NORTH.  Proceed through set of lights.  About a half-mile or so later, just after passing the Trailside Museum on your right, bear right onto Canton Ave and then take an immediate left onto Brush Hill Rd.  You will cross over Rt. 138 – go another 100 yards or so and enter the Wakefield Estate through the first opening in the stonewall on your left – you will see a long and straight dirt lane.
Address of Estate: 1465 Brush Hill Rd, Milton, MA  02186
Tel: 617-333-0924

Exhition: Bird Art: Audubon’s Royal Octavo May 2-4

Friday, 22 March 2019 11:33

In conjunction with Artweek Milton's May 1 lecture "Bird Art: Audubon’s Royal Octavo and the Democratization of Natural History," theWakefield Estate will host an exhibition of its Royal Octavo collection, a set of hand-colored litho-graphs from the 1840s, recently discovered among the book collection at the estate. The exhibition will be held in the Davenport Mansion at the Wakefield Estate, 1465 Brush Hill Road in Milton, Thursday, May 2 - Saturday, May 4; 11am-3pm daily - $5 suggested donation.

By understanding Audubon’s life and artistic process alongside the personal underpinnings and political implications of the octavo edition, a new conception of the artist and his world emerges – one in which the man comes of age alongside his nation, and sets in motion a host of historical events and movements to come.

 

Public Lecture: Bird Art: Audubon’s Royal Octavo and the Democratization of Natural History

Wednesday, May 1, 7:00-8:30pm

Cunningham Park Hall, 75 Edgehill Road, Milton, MA, 02186

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Exhibition: Bird Art: Audubon’s Royal Octavo

The Wakefield Estate, 1465 Brush Hill Rd, Milton

Thursday, May 2 - Saturday, May 4; 11am-3pm daily - $5 suggested donation

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Lecture and Exhibition - Audubon's Royal Octavo

Friday, 22 March 2019 11:29

Please note: This event will be held at Cunningham Park Hall, 75  Edgehill Road, Milton, MA.

Drawing from the Wakefield Estate’s own octavo edition of Audubon’s work, Audubon researcher Jess Clay will discuss the creation and distribution of John James Audubon’s Birds of America, and its subsequent impact on the United States and 19th-century natural history. The lecture complements and builds upon the exhibition of the collection, a set of hand-colored lithographs from the 1840s, which will be held at the Wakefield Estate, 1465 Brush Hill Road in Milton, May 2-4, 11am-3pm daily. By understanding Audubon’s life and artistic process alongside the personal underpinnings and political implications of the octavo edition, a new conception of the artist and his world emerges – one in which the man comes of age alongside his nation, and sets in motion a host of historical events and movements to come.

A graduate of Harvard College, Mr. Clay’s interest in John James Audubon and ornithology has taken him from rare book libraries to the Costa Rican rain forest. During a fellowship at Harvard’s Houghton Library, he conducted extensive research into the life and works of Audubon. His work at Houghton centered around Audubon’s literary and artistic engagements with Romanticism, and included the curation of a public exhibition, “Sublime and Manifest: The American Romanticism of John James Audubon.” In his senior thesis, Words of America: John James Audubon and the American Exceptionalism of Ornithological Biography, Mr. Clay explored Audubon’s oeuvre as a nationalist performance and as an early work of American artistic exceptionalism. Born and raised in Texas, Mr. Clay currently resides in Boston."

To buy your tickets, click here or call 617-333-0924. $10/members; $20/non-members.

Public Exhibition:
Bird Art: Audubon’s Royal Octavo
The Wakefield Estate
1465 Brush Hill Rd, Milton
Thursday, May 2 - Saturday, May 4; 11am-3pm daily
$5 suggested donation

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Registration now open for 2019 Summer Archaeology Institute

Tuesday, 19 March 2019 13:04

Registration open for 2019 Summer Archaeology Institute

 

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.

2019 Dates & Schedule

Session I: July 8 – July 19; Monday-Friday 9 am-3:00 pm

Session II: July 22 – August 2; 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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