My kids and I frequent the Ames Free Library in Easton. It is a beautiful old structure with great events, storytimes for kids and resources. Behind the library though is a real treasure. Just past the parking lot, you’ll find a beautiful Italianate style garden.
Here’s some history:
“In the early part of the century, in our little nook of the world, noted Broadway producer and playwright Winthrop Ames was inspired to reorder five acres of wooded space adjoining his charming stone mansion. This was manicured into an elaborate Italianate style garden, replete with ten foot stone columns to mark the entrance, a reflecting pool with fountains and statuary, symmetrical semicircular stone stairs, elegant moon-gates, terraced land, ornate balustrades, and the unique addition of a stage with pergola that reflected Winthrop’s professional interests. It took five hardworking gardeners to maintain this little oasis of calm and beauty.
For twenty six years Queset Garden thrived. Actors such as Leslie Howard and Katharine Cornell were frequent visitors. High school graduation ceremonies were conducted in the garden. Ice cream socials were held. Photographs of Winthrop’s young daughters lounging in the garden evoke a strong sense of nostalgia for an idyllic past.
Fast forward to 2005. Where once was a magical garden, there was nothing left but an angry tangle of brush, bramble, poison ivy, fallen trees, and rampant overgrowth with hints of mortar visible here and there. Winthrop Ames had been dead since 1937, and so it appeared, had his garden.”
The garden was restored in 2011 and now provides a beautiful setting for all to enjoy. We recently attended a children’s concert at the garden and the kids had a blast running around afterwards exploring the place. Tadpoles in the reflecting pond, koi in another area, a bocce ball court, and brick ruins create a magical area for children’s imaginations.
It also makes a beautiful place to take photos or hold a special event (by permit)
Things to note:
- throughout the summer they have concerts on Monday nights at 5:30 pm
How to get there:
53 Main Street
North Easton, MA 02356