Recent News

Arbor Day Earth Celebration Friday, April 20th

Tuesday, 03 April 2018 10:08

The Wakefield Estate and the Milton Shade Tree Advisory Committee are again collaborating for our 2nd Arbor Day Earth Celebration on Friday, April 20th from 11 am-2 pm with a family-friendly program of activities. This event will have a "trees are great for the earth" emphasis, mashing Earth Day and Arbor Day with a fun range of activities including tree planting demo & raffle, "worm compost" session, Citizen Scientist tree phenology (observing) activities, earth art, animal visits, "BYOPicnic" and "worm sundae" making!  Please call 617-333-0924 to RSVP.
Students on spring vacation especially welcome!
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Stone Soup: "Digging Deeper" into our Arboretum with Deb April 25th

Tuesday, 03 April 2018 09:45

Join us on Wednesday, April 25th for our last event 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. Our final event will feature an opportunity to hear the deeper story behind the world-class collection in our newly accredited arboretum from Landscape Director Deb Merriam. This program will be held in the Isaac Davenport mansion located at 1465 Brush Hill Road. The event begins at 6:00 pm with a bowl of delicious homemade soup and and will include a brief garden tour if weather permits. Suggested donation $5. Space is limited; pre-registration appreciated by calling 617-333-0924 x22.



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.
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.

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.


  • 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.


  • $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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