Recent News

Trillium Garden at The Wakefield Estate Sat. May 19th

Friday, 16 March 2018 10:04

Trillium Garden at The Wakefield Estate

A benefit to support the Wakefield Estate’s Outdoor Environmental Education Program
Saturday, May 19
(Rain date Sunday, May 20)
Food Trucks, Music, Garden Fun, Kids’ Activities, Farm Animals, and Cash Bar with draft beer from Trillium Brewing Company
Tickets are $30 per person, children under 18 free
Ticket price includes garden entrance, one 5 oz. pour, snacks and raffle ticket for a special door prize.
To buy tickets, click here.

Mushroom Propagation Workshop 3/31

Thursday, 01 March 2018 11:14

Take home your own gourmet mushroom log for years of mushroom harvesting!
Don't miss the Wakefield Estate's annual mushroom growing workshop on Saturday, March 31st from 9:00-11:30 am! After an introduction of different mushroom growing methods, we will teach you how to inoculate logs with mushroom spawn and send you home with your own "seeded" log which can provide mushrooms for up to 5 years. This is a great family-friendly event. Please bring your own drill and half-inch drill bit if you have one. All materials provided. Space is limited, pre-registration is required. Cost: $20/members; $30/non-members; $50/Family. Co-Sponsored by Brookwood Community Farm. Call 617-333-0924 to register today.

March Stone Soup with Furniture Conservator Robert Mussey

Thursday, 01 March 2018 11:03

Join us for our third event in the 2018 Stone Soup and Speaker series of engaging talks and delicious homemade soups on March 28th at 6:00 pm. This year's theme, "Digging Deeper: Exploring the Wakefield Estate's Collections," allows for a deeper look at four different aspects of the estate's collections. Our March event will feature an opportunity to hear the deeper story behind our Seymour furniture collection with furniture conservator Robert Mussey.
This program will be held in the Isaac Davenport mansion located at 1465 Brush Hill Road. Suggested donation $5. Space is limited; pre-registration appreciated by calling 617-333-0924 x22.
Save the date! - the final 2018 Stone Soup and Speaker series will be held the final Wednesday of April when Landscape Director Deb Merriam will offer a closer "look" at our world-class arboretum plant collection.

Registration open for 2018 Summer Archaeology Institute

Monday, 12 February 2018 12:31

The Wakefield Estate's Summer Archaeology Institute is a hands-on archaeological excavation at the historic Wakefield Estate in Milton, MA. It is one of only a few programs of its type in the country. The institute is specifically designed for high school and college students interested in learning about local history and archaeology. Participants will work side by side with graduate archaeology students from UMass Boston. Each two-week session offers students a hands-on introduction to the field of archaeology through participation in an actual excavation on site at the estate. To read about some of the past discoveries, check the news archive on here on our website.

2018 Dates & Schedule

Session I: July 9 – July 20; Monday-Friday 9 am-3:00 pm

Session II: July 23 – August 3; Monday-Friday, 9 am-3:00 pm

Program Description

In each two-week session, participants will work closely with archaeologists to conduct survey work and learn how to set up an archaeological dig. Students will gain excavation experience and the methods and techniques involved in conducting archaeology. Possible field trips and special events include visiting the Boston City Archaeology Lab and meeting specialists from nearby archaeological museums.  Participants will also gain experience in identifying artifacts and the behind-the-scenes activities that occur after the fieldwork has been conducted.


  • Willingness to work outdoors in all kinds of weather.
  • Enthusiasm for hard work and getting dirty -- this is an archaeological dig!
  • Commitment to teamwork and respect for others.
  • Ability to work independently as well as with others.


  • $300 per session; $450 for both sessions
  • Scholarships available based on need.  Please call 617-333-0924 for more information.

Application Process and Deadline

To obtain a copy of our application, call 617-333-0924 or click here for a downloadable pdf.

  • Send completed application to address below.
  • Space is limited; applicants will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.

Send or fax(call 617-333-0924 before faxing) completed application to:

Erica Max, Program Director

Wakefield Charitable Trust

1465 Brush Hill Road

Milton, MA  02186

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