Shirley-Eustis House and Discover Roxbury Host Governor's Tea 6/27/14

The Shirley-Eustis House Museum and Discover Roxbury are teaming up to present a very special Governor's Tea on Friday, June 27, 2014, 4-6pm. Living history historian, William Kuttner, will portray Enoch Bartlett, a dear friend of the Governor's wife.  A first-person interpretive program bringing history alive, it is well worth attending.
Shirley-Eustis Mansion
What Governor's Tea and Tour
Featuring living history historian William Kuttner
When Friday, June 27, 2014
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Where The Shirley-Eustis House
33 Shirley Street, Roxbury
"Tea and Treats"
Provided by Catering with Distinction
Admission $25
Through the Shirley-Eustis House or Discover Roxbury

Meet Enoch Bartlett

This year, living history historian, William Kuttner, will portray Enoch Bartlett. 

Caroline Langdon Eustis, or "Madam Eustis" as she preferred to be addressed, was the wife of Secretary of War, Ambassador to Holland, and Massachusetts governor, William Eustis.   She resided in what is now the Shirley-Eustis House until her death in 1865. Among her many interests was gardening and tending to her prize winning orange, lemon and pear trees.   

Her dear friend, Enoch Bartlett, who owned a farm nearby, grew the well-known variety of pear - the Bartlett Pear that still carries his name.  He was a frequent visitor to the Shirley-Eustis house and a dear friend of Madam Eustis.

A Tour of the Orchards and the House

Mr. Bartlett will tour the orchards with attendees.    During this first-person interpretive program, visitors will tour the Shirley-Eustis House, visit its historic orchards with Enoch Bartlett, and then take tea and treats from Catering with Distinction.

Admission to this special program is only $25 per person.  Tickets may be purchased through the Shirley-Eustis House at or through Discover Roxbury at   

More About the Shirley-Eustis House

The Shirley-Eustis House, 33 Shirley Street, is a National Historic Landmark house museum and carriage house in Roxbury, Massachusetts. It was built in 1747 for Royal Governor William Shirley, was once a sprawling estate of 33 acres. It continues to sit majestically in Roxbury surrounded by beautiful gardens and historic fruit orchards and remains the most imposing and best preserved of the four remaining colonial governors' homes in the United States.

Patricia Violette, M.S. Ed.
Executive Director/Curator/CEO

The Shirley-Eustis House Association
33 Shirley Street
Boston, MA  02119
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Posted: April 25, 2014    Nancy J Conrad