Jane Austen Tour of Gore Place Mansion in Waltham
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The last date listed for Jane Austen Tour was Tuesday February 14, 2012 / 7:30pm.
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Spend a leisurely afternoon enjoying tea, cake and live music in the recently restored 1793 carriage… More
Born in 1775, Jane Austen (Emma, Pride and Prejudice and Sense and Sensibility) lived her entire life in England until her death in1817. Christopher and Rebecca Gore lived in England from 1796 to 1804. The grand mansion they built in Waltham, Massachusetts in 1806 features both French and English influence in the design and greatly resembles the manor houses described in Austen’s novels.
During these special tours, a guide in period costume will use the famous author’s own words to describe the decor of the mansion and the gracious lifestyle of the Gores.
The mansion at Gore Place was built in 1806 and served as a summer home for Christopher and Rebecca Gore where the Gores entertained such notable dignitaries as Daniel Webster and James Monroe.
Today the house and grounds are owned and operated by the Gore Place Society, a nonprofit members organization dedicated to the preservation and restoration of Gore Place.
Christopher Gore’s political career began in 1788 when he was elected to represent Boston at the Philadelphia convention to ratify the new United States Constitution. A year later George Washington appointed Gore the first United States Attorney for Massachusetts. President Washington again appointed Gore to a diplomatic position in 1796. The Gores traveled to England and remained there for eight years while Christopher served on the Jay Commission that negotiated mercantile claims for American ships seized or destroyed during the war with Britain. Gore also spent two months as chargé d’affaires in London after his good friend Rufus King resigned from his post and before James Monroe, the new ambassador, arrived. The suit Christopher Gore wore when formally presented to the king and queen is on display at Gore Place.
Today the house is furnished with fine art and antiques of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Christopher and Rebecca Gore had no children, so after Mrs. Gore’s death, in accordance with her husband’s will, the house and all its contents were sold at auction. A few of their possessions survived in the hands of nieces, nephews, friends, and neighbors and have been returned to Gore Place. After 1834 Gore Place became home to several other families. In 1921 it passed out of private hands when the Waltham Country Club established a golf course and tennis courts on the grounds. During the Depression, the country club failed and the property fell into disrepair. In 1935, the bank was about to tear down the buildings and sell off the land for housing, when Mrs. Helen Patterson gathered her friends and the financial resources necessary to preserve it. The Gore Place Society was founded that same year. Over the past seventy years, Gore Place has been lovingly restored and open to the public as one of the great estates of the Federal era.