Best Places to Visit in Wenham, Massachusetts

At the Wenham Tea House, we are often asked by visitors what there is to do and see in our wonderful town.  There is so much to choose from including beautiful parks, historic homes and even a train-lovers museum.  Wenham has so much to offer visitors that we thought it was about time we put together a resource guide to help showcase some of the best places to visit in Wenham, Massachusetts.

If history is your passion, Wenham has its fair share of quintessential New England homes dating back to the colonial era.  The Wenham Historic district which runs along Route 1a from Beverly through Wenham offers a rich collection of homes spanning the colonial and early American era. Here are just a few of the places we would recommend to view.

  • Newman-Fiske-Dodge House is at 162 Cherry Street in Wenham.  This “First Period” house contains a rare instance of preserved 17th century decoration. Built in stages, it shows off a central fireplace with the additions displaying the changes throughout the eras.  It was listed on the Register of Historical Places in 1990.
  • The John Perkins House at 75 Arbor Street in Wenham. This wood frame home was also a “First Period” home that was included on the Historical Registry of homes in 1990.
  • Larch Farm at 38 Larch Road in Wenham. This large colonial 2.5 story home is beautiful and majestic. In 1806, Timothy Pickering, a former United States Secretary of State transformed the property into a rural country estate, planting linden and larch trees on the grounds.The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.
  • The Claflin-Richards House at 132 Main Street in Wenham. This “First Period” House is now part of the nonprofit Wenham Museum and may be toured by appointment (regular tour hours are at 11:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:45pm). The Claflin-Richards House was constructed circa 1690 with ogee braces, an architectural hallmark of 16th- and 17th-century English dwellings. Today it contains three centuries of architecture, furnishings, and artifacts. It was listed on the Register of Historical Places in 1973.
  • The James Friend House at 114 Cedar Street in Wenham. Also a “First Period” home in Wenham, this two story home was build by James Friend, a carpenter in 1699.

For those of you who love the outdoors Wenham, Massachusetts also has woodland trails that will get you in touch with nature.  Pine and Hemlock Knoll is a loop trail leads through a small woodland with an impressive stand of old-growth hemlock. Owned by the Trustees of the Reservation, the Trustees are exploring options to allow for public access to this beautiful area.  In addition to this area, there are numerous open fields and parks including Pingree Park and neighboring Patten Park.

Before leaving your tour of Wenham, you must stop in at the Wenham Museum. It features collections of classic toy soldiers, dolls, vintage and antique dollhouses, period clothing and textiles, and a superb 17th century house. For any train fanatics, this is the place to see an extensive collection of model trains!  People young and old can watch the trains for hours.

So next time you are visiting the Wenhan Tea House don’t forget to look around our town and take in all that we have to offer.  Welcome to Wenham!


Health Benefits of Tea

At the Wenham Tea House we love to drink tea.  We enjoy the calming ritual of taking time to meet with friends to savor the warmth and comfort of a delicious cup of afternoon tea.  Apparently we are not alone in our fondness of this daily ritual. The numbers are in and according to the Tea Association of America, tea is the second most popular beverage in the world next to water.  Americans have truly embraced tea consumption, whether it is green, black, white, oolong or Rooibos.  Many may be surprised to learn that tea is not just a good choice due to its savory taste but also due to plant compounds which give tea a long list of health benefits to regular drinkers.  Let’s examine some of these benefits as explained by the Center for Disease Control and

Cancer Fighter – More than 3,000 published studies exist that evaluate the role that tea and tea compounds, such as epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG), may play in various types of cancer. Tea contains antioxidant compounds of polyphenols that help the body fight harmful free radicals. It is believed that harmful free radicals can lead to cancer.  Depending upon the amount of tea consumed daily and the degree of cumulative effects, tea may have preventative effects on colon, gastric, ovarian, skin and breast cancer.  (Source: Time Online and CDC)

Heart Health – For years, research has suggested that tea drinking is associated with improved cardiovascular health. Research has associated tea drinking with a reduced risk for hypertension, stroke and hardening of the arteries. Other studies have shown that tea may help support healthy blood flow and circulation by improving blood vessel function and helping to control blood clotting.

Hydration  Power – Tea is a good source of fluid intake that replenishes lost body liquid. Not only is tea a good thirst quencher but it also counts for your daily intake of water.

Weight friendly -Several studies suggest drinking calorie-free tea may aid weight management, helping people meet fluid requirements without the added calories of some other drink options.

For more health benefits and the studies associated with them check out the following links:

WebMD Tea Benefits

Positive Health Wellness

Time – 13 Health Benefits of Tea