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“Beautiful, historic gardens”
Review of Glen Magna Farms

Glen Magna Farms
Ranked #5 of 18 things to do in Danvers
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Reviewed August 6, 2014 via mobile

Glen Magna is a beautiful estate owned by the Danvers Historical Society. I love to visit the gardens at different times of year and watch them change with the seasons. The landscaping is designed to form unique garden “rooms.” Some have interesting features like gazebos, fountains, and trellises--I like walking through them all, but the area with the pergola is my favorite! Glen Magna hosts quite a few private events, and the grounds are open to the public (by donation) only when these are not in progress.

The estate’s mansion is open to all for occasional ticketed events, and the sprawling lawn in front of it is the scene of several programs sponsored by the Historical Society. The McIntire Tea House (also called the Derby Summer House) is another building on the property. Designed by noted Salem architect and craftsman Samuel McIntire, the House is quite a special place. Old and fragile, it is seldom open to the public, but I once had an opportunity to see its tiny interior. It’s always possible to view the exterior. I stand at a distance from the tall, narrow building and walk around to each side in order to take in all its carvings including those on the roof.

In the spring, the Society holds a plant sale with offerings from the gardens. After the official sale ends, the remaining plants are usually sold on the honor system from outdoor tables by the greenhouses.

The grounds are in perfect condition whenever I visit. The need for repairs to the buildings including the greenhouses is quite evident (but these seem to proceed slowly as private funding sources are limited).

Garden lovers should include a stop at Glen Magna if in the area

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Reviewed September 25, 2013

As everyone states, this is a beautiful place for a wedding------if the sun shines. Anyone who has a wedding here really would need a wedding planner or coordinator who is visible at all times due to the size of the area, the difficulty for the servers to get the food and beverages to the appointed areas, and the slippery slopes and grass in inclement weather. But if the sun shines, this is one of the most beautiful romantic spots for a wedding!

Date of experience: September 2013
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Reviewed July 29, 2013

This is a beautiful location. It is an historic site with wonderful gardens. It is a great place to have a wedding. The home dates back to 1814. The home is not open, but you may stroll around the gardens. The home is available for weddings and other events through Danvers Historical Society which owns this historic house.

Date of experience: July 2013
Thank Sheila C
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Reviewed January 23, 2013

We always enjoy visiting the gardens at the old mansion and the greenhouses. The old barn which contains antique equipment and the farm areas are wonderful to visit, especially with children.

Date of experience: September 2012
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Reviewed October 13, 2012

Attended a wedding there. Grounds are lovely but building could use some work. Great place for an outdoor wedding.

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