Visit the North Shore ’s most exceptional homesVisitors will be inspired by eight extraordinary kitchens in Beverly , Hamilton, Manchester By-the-Sea, and Wenham on the 6th Annual Heart of the Home Kitchen Tour to benefit Wenham Museum on Saturday, October 19 from 11am to 4pm.
Tickets: By phone, in person and online*
In Advance: Members: $18, Non-Members: $23 (by October 17, 2013) Day Before and Day of: $25
Tickets include admission to the museum galleries and the Claflin-Richard’s House
Boxed Lunches Available: $12
Whether your design style is traditional or contemporary, you’ll enjoy visiting eight kitchens in the North Shore ’s finest homes. From a grand home, once part of the historic Eagle Rock summer estate that echoes the grandeur of the Gilded Age on the North Shore to the carriage house of the Steadman Estate converted to a stately home by renowned architect Steven Holt featuring a 36’ x 20’ kitchen. Step “outside the kitchen” into a tranquil space custom designed for entertaining al fresco, utilizing natural and reclaimed materials for sustainability.
In Wenham, visit the historic Porter-Fairfield House built in 1742 by Samuel Porter, which once served as the only tavern and stage post between Salem and Newburyport . While in Wenham, also enjoy a comfortably elegant kitchen complete with cabinets made from three wood species, three finishes, two door styles, and three countertop materials. Continue into Hamilton and stop into a luminous space featuring classic Calcutta marble countertops, butter cream cabinets and Delft tiles inspired by the classic scullery kitchen in the home of the renowned kitchen designer Christopher Peacock.
Visitors will experience how families lived and cooked more than three centuries ago with a visit to the cooking hearth in the museum’s 17-century Claflin-Richard’s House. In Colonial New England, most homes consisted of one room. The hearth was the center of daily life providing the comforts of home that we take for granted today. The hearth was the one constant source of light and heat, and provided the means of cooking food and boiling hot water needed for washing clothes and taking baths. The family worked, ate, played, and slept all together in one room. The history of New England Family life is the core curriculum taught to over 3,500 school children that visit the museum annually.