Monthly Archives: August 2009

Calendar of Events

Beauport.harborThe 2009 tour season at Beauport is in full force so come out and join us for an event!  Advance registration is required.  Information on all Historic New England events as well as online registration can be found here:  

Wine at Twilight(August 21, 6:30-9pm): Begin the evening with a house tour as the setting sun glints off the colored glass in the Golden Step Room, and admire Sleeper’s magical lighting effects throughout the interior.  Then join us for a twilight wine tasting on the Beauport terrace, with its breathtaking harbor views. ($30 Members/ $40 Nonmembers)

Picnic By the Sea(August 27, 1-4pm): Celebrate the Year of the Kitchen with a catered buffet lunch on the grounds.  This family friendly event offers the opportunity to enjoy a leisurely afternoon with delicious New England fare and breathtaking views of the harbor.  Bring chairs or a blanket to sit on.  Guided tours on the hour.  ($15 Members/ $25 Nonmembers/ $10 children 12 and under)

Nooks and Crannies Tour (September 12 and October 10, 9am-1pm): This leisurely behind-the-scenes tour of Henry Davis Sleeper’s summer retreat allows plenty of time to explore each room and includes passageways, closets, and other spaces not usually open to the public.  Guides highlight their favorite objects and share rarely told stories about Sleeper, his friends, and staff.  Light refreshments are included.  ($15 Members/ $22 Nonmembers)

Eastern Point Walking Tour(September 19, 10am-1pm): Enjoy this engaging tour of the Eastern Point neighborhood surrounding Beauport.  In the early years of the twentieth century, Eastern Point became a summer playground for Boston elite, specifically Henry Davis Sleeper and his social circle.  Learn about this neighborhood’s rich history and the colorful denizens of the “Dabsville” community while enjoying breathtaking views of the harbor.  Tour is followed by light refreshments and a tour of Beauport. ($15 Members/ $25 Nonmembers)

Please join us before the tour season ends on October 15!

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More Paint Analysis Funded!

Historic New England was awarded a $5,000 grant by the National Trust for Historic Preservation from its Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors. This grant will fund a professional analysis to identify elements and materials used by well-known interior designer Henry Davis Sleeper at his early twentieth-century home, Beauport, the Sleeper-McCann House.

 Recognized for his research and creation of a palette of paint colors generally found in historic homes, Henry Davis Sleeper’s interior colors at Beauport remain mostly intact, though faded or bleached due to age. As Sleeper was often influenced by historic paints, this project will assist in determining which paint colors were taken from reused materials and which were an original Sleeper color and help reveal the vibrancy of the original interior colors.

 “These funds provide the foundation for important preservation projects across the nation,” said Richard Moe, president of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. “These grants go toward protecting the places that tell our story and they often trigger other preservation projects, further bolstering efforts to protect America’s heritage.”

 In 1997, a generous gift from George P. Mitchell established the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors in honor of his wife. The fund provides assistance in the preservation, restoration, and interpretation of historic interiors. Once a year, Mitchell Fund grants ranging from $2,500 to $10,000 are awarded to non-profit groups and public agencies. Over $100,000 was awarded in 2009. Grants must be matched at least dollar for dollar with public or private funds. This grant award will assist Historic New England in meeting the match required by the prestigious National Park Service Save America’s Treasures grant awarded for extensive preservation efforts at Beauport.

For more information on the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Fund for Historic Interiors, visit

 Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. It offers unique opportunities to experience the stories of New Englanders through their homes and possessions. For more information, visit

 The National Trust for Historic Preservation ( is a non-profit membership organization bringing people together to protect, enhance, and enjoy the places that matter to them. By saving the places where great moments from history – and the important moments of everyday life – took place, the National Trust for Historic Preservation helps revitalize neighborhoods and communities, spark economic development and promote environmental sustainability. With headquarters in Washington, D.C., nine regional and field offices, 29 historic sites, and partner organizations in all 50 states, the National Trust for Historic Preservation provides leadership, education, advocacy, and resources to a national network of people, organizations, and local communities committed to saving places, connecting us to our history, and collectively shaping the future of America’s stories.

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