The Mansion at Glen Magna Farms, set on an estate of eleven acres, has been described “as near to heaven as one can be in this world.” Located less than one mile from Routes 1 and 95. Glen Magna Farms is an ideal location for weddings, private parties, corporate meetings, photo shoots and other special events. The mansion accommodates 50-125 guests inside. Events over 125 up to 200 require tenting for which there is an additional charge.
The award-winning landscape includes formal gardens massed with colorful perennials, annuals, shrubbery and an arboretum. The Old Fashioned Garden is anchored by a reproduction of the original Gazebo designed by Francis Peabody in 1840. A wisteria-covered pergola transports guests towards the Derby Summer House, a National Historic Landmark, and into the Rose Garden which blooms in early summer with hundreds of heirloom roses. Classical statuary, fountains, sweeping lawns and winding pathways further enhance the exquisitely restored and manicured grounds.
The main rooms of the Colonial Revival Mansion include a foyer, drawing room, parlor, library and a spacious dining room. Changing rooms for bridal parties or for break-out sessions are on the second floor. A covered veranda along the entire south side of the Mansion overlooks the main lawn and gardens.
The foyer has an elegantly carved doorway leading into the drawing room was carved by Samuel McIntire and originally installed in grandfather Peabody’s home in Salem. It was installed in Glen Magna in 1914, and has wheat sheaves and basket of flowers, McIntire’s signature carvings. A large portrait of William Crownshield Endicott painted by Robert Hinkley in the 1880’s hangs in the foyer.
Entering the lounge makes guests feel as if they have shot back in time to the Victorian era. After dinner, the gentlemen would leave the dining room for brandy or port, “masculine” conversation and to smoke. A separate room was used because it was not acceptable to rejoin the ladies with clothes reeking of cigars; a man who smoked a cigar in his study or billiard room would put on a smoking jacket. The Endicott’s used the bookcases in this room to store their Horticultural books.
The dining room, once the frequent site of lavish entertaining including dinners for Presidents Taft and Cleveland, contains French wallpaper printed from 1814 wood blocks and installed in 1893. The panels depict the Love story of Cupid and Psyche. The room’s elegantly carved gray marble mantlepiece was removed from “Grandmother Peabody’s” bedroom in Salem.
Research indicates that the small parlor’s construction occurred during Joseph Peabody’s ownership. He commissioned a builder to add the wing to the main block of the building, constructed for the previous owner Jonathan Ingersoll. The architectural details of the room represent the Federal Period. Notice the cornice’s rope carving and scrolled details. During the 1894 renovations, the family specifically expressed the “small parlor” remain unchanged. It became a memorial to Captain Joseph Peabody and his achievements. He commissioned a builder to add the wing to the main block of the building, constructed for the previous owner Jonathan Ingersoll. The architectural details of the room represent the Federal Period. Notice the cornice’s rope carving and scrolled details. During the 1894 renovations, the family specifically expressed the “small parlor” remain unchanged. It became a memorial to Captain Joseph Peabody and his achievements.
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