Upcoming Events » Historic Nesmith House to be Open & Decorated for the Holidays

Start:
December 2, 2011
End:
December 4, 2011
Cost:
$15 - 25 Donation
Venue:
John Nesmith House
Address:
229 Andover Street
Lowell, MA
Contact:
Maureen Spinney
Phone:
978-458-3722

Middlesex Community College’s historic John Nesmith House in Lowell will be decorated for the holidays by local garden clubs and floral designers as part of Topiaries, Trees & Treasures, an open house to be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2; and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4.

More than a dozen regional garden clubs, all members of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts’ (GCFM) Northern District, and local floral designers will decorate the 22-room, 1843 Greek Revival/Regency mansion using gorgeous holiday greens, flowers and other ornamentation.

A portion of the proceeds from Topiaries, Trees & Treasures will benefit the GCFM’s Tornado Relieve Fund, which supports reforestation efforts in Western Massachusetts following last summer’s devastating tornado. Proceeds will also support the Middlesex Community College Foundation Scholarship Fund.

Admission to the Friday, Dec. 2, evening event is $25 per person (by reservation only). In addition to a guided tour, visitors will enjoy professionally catered refreshments. Call 978-458-3722 for reservations. Visitors to Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 3 and 4, tours will be asked to make a $15 donation at the door.

Nesmith House is located at 229 Andover St., in Lowell, adjacent to the First Church of Christ Scientist, at the intersection of Routes 38 and 133.

John Nesmith (1793-1869), entrepreneur, industrialist and textile manufacturer, designed Nesmith House after his marriage in 1840 to Harriet Rebecca Mansur. A public-spirited citizen, Nesmith held many elected and appointed offices, including service as Massachusetts Lt. Governor in 1862. Now owned by the Middlesex Community College Foundation, Nesmith House is gift-leased to the college. The house is a popular location for small conferences and retreats, as well as intimate weddings, showers and receptions.

For more information about Topiaries, Trees & Treasures, call Maureen Spinney, MCC’s Director of Historic Homes, at 978-458-3722, or GCFM at 978-692-8685.

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