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!