9:00 am - 2:00 pm
Experience Gilded Age style and splendor on our annual library field trip, this year to Naumkeag, the National Historic Landmark summer retreat for three generations of the Choate family. With its gracious shingle-style, 44-room “cottage,” designed by the architectural firm of McKim, Mead, & White, and its magnificent gardens and panoramic views of Monument Mountain, Naumkeag is a quintessential late 19th century country estate. We will have a private group tour of the house and walk through the gardens, created by Joseph Choates’s daughter, Mabel, and Fletcher Steele over 30 years. Their playful, inventive spirit is everywhere evident in the Afternoon Garden, Tree Peony Terrace, Rose Garden, Evergreen Garden, and Chinese Garden. We will meet at the Norfolk Library at 9 a.m. to carpool to Naumkeag for our 10 a.m. tour, or you may meet us there. This special tour last 1.5 – 2 hours. Please note that there is no elevator in the house. The grounds are steep in some area with many stairs, though most have railings. The grab-and-go Oak Café features sandwiches, salads, drinks and snacks for lunch on the grounds. Loaner picnic blankets are available. For those carpooling, we will leave Naumkeag at 1:00 p.m. for our return to the Library. You are also welcome to enjoy the grounds and depart later. The Library will cover the cost of admission. Please call the Library @860-542-5075 to reserve a place for this program.
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