Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds Opens for Visitors Jan. 29, 2014!
Historic Newton’s 1734 historic house and educational center, 286 Waverley Avenue, opens for visitors on Jan 29. Hours will be Wed-Friday 11:00 am-5:00 pm and Sat-Sun noon-5:00 pm.
Visitors will be greeted with family-friendly interactive and state-of-the-art multi-media exhibits that focus on the Revolutionary War, the mid-1800’s horticultural revolution, and the importance of historic preservation. Visitors with disabilities will be able to use an elevator to see parts of the second floor.
The Durant-Kenrick House tells the story of Newton through three families over three centuries. In its first century of occupation, Durant-Kenrick was home to Newton community leaders who marched to Lexington and Concord and fought in the Revolutionary War, served on the Committee of Correspondence, owned slaves, and served as school masters when the home was used as one of Newton’s first public schools. In the house’s second century of occupation, its owners ran one of the earliest and largest commercial nurseries in New England on 90+ acres (including what is now the Farlow Hill and Commonwealth Golf Course). In its third century, the Dewing family restored the house their ancestors built and were leaders in the New England historic preservation movement.
The educational center can accommodate school groups and is available for rental for private events.