6. Day trips near me: Castle Island Park

6. Day trips near me: Castle Island Park

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5. Castle Hill

Castle Hill is a grand seaside estate in Ipswich. Once known as Agawam to the Native Americans, the area was farmed by settlers as early as the 1600’s, over hundreds of years it transformed from a working farm to a gentleman’s estate, culminating with the 1910 purchase by Robert Crane. Today, the site is occupied by a 59-room mansion built in 1928 in the Stuart-style, also known as restoration architecture for it’s draw from earlier periods. Enjoy a stroll along the grounds of the Crane Wildlife Preserve and the formally landscaped gardens, or tour the first floor of the main house, decorated with period furnishings. Tours include a trip back to 1929, a look at the home from a servant’s perspective, golf-cart tours of the grounds, and a tour to the cupola on the estate’s roof.

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