Playtime on the Estate!

Explore the Crane Estate and participate in some of our lawn activities while you're at it!


Afternoon Tea in the Italian Garden [NEW]

It's afternoon tea time. And there's no better place to enjoy a relaxing cup of tea than in the beautiful Italian Garden. Catch up with your friends and luxuriate in the serenity of the garden. Or just drink in the sun, enjoy a biscuit, and watch your milk swirl into your Earl Grey. Please note: Afternoon Tea will feature delicious tea sandwiches, scones and sweets. Seating is limited to 48 people per day. Service will begin at 4 pm sharp. Tables will accommodate 4 guests each. Parties of less than 4 will be seated with other guests.


Afternoon Tea in the Italian Garden Sponsored by:

Dobrá Tea - Portland, Maine - A Bohemian-style tearoom serving and selling over 100 varieties of tea & tea drinks, light fare and desserts, with gluten and vegan options. Owned by lifelong tea drinkers and foodies, Ray Marcotte and Ellen Kanner.

Effie's Homemade - Two friends who have known each other for more than 30 years founded Effie's Homemade. Effie's Homemade biscuits are lightly sweet with a hint of salt, a crisp bite, and the flavor of toasted grains. Enjoy their biscuits on their own, with a cup of coffee or tea, with fine cheese, or your favorite spreads. 

The Inn at Castle Hill - If you’re looking for a luxury inn in Ipswich, look no further than The Inn at Castle Hill. Located in the heart of the Crane Estate, the Inn provides simple, yet luxurious amenities. Snug beds, heavenly breakfasts and attentive staff await your arrival. All the guest rooms are uniquely appointed and many feature stunning views of the ocean, salt marsh and sand dunes. Trustees members receive 10% off overnight stays.

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Crane VIP Experience [NEW]

Treat yourself and your friends to a spectacular day to remember. This premium package offers luxurious treatment like the Crane family offered family and friends at their summer manor. The Crane VIP Experience includes Lawn Party admission for up to 12 people, exclusive use of a private tent for the afternoon, picnic suppers, drink service, use of the mansion bathrooms, and a private tour of the mansion all the way up to the roof. Only 2 Crane VIP Experience packages available per day. Cost $3,960. Call 978.356.4351 x4015 to book or make an inquiry.


House Tours

It’s 1929 and you are a guest of the Crane family! Let a footman or maid show you around the Crane’s Great House during a 30-minute first-person tour. Tours are scheduled on the half-hour from 2 pm – 7 pm. Purchase your house tour tickets in advance online HERE



Learn some basic partnered swing dancing or solo 1920s Charleston from our experienced local teachers! See schedule for time and location. 

More info on our DANCING page. 



This is a Charleston dance contest. Show up and strut your stuff! Any experience level welcome. See the schedule the time and location. 


Talk: Egyptomania (SUNDAY ONLY)

John and Colleen Darnell are Egyptologists, specialists in the translation of ancient Egyptian texts, and avid scholars of Egyptomania. John Darnell is the director of the Elkab Desert Survey Project, which has recorded new sites in the Eastern Desert of Egypt, including the discovery in 2017 of the oldest monumental hieroglyphic inscription. Their most recent book, The Ancient Egyptian Netherworld Books (SBL, 2018), is the first complete English translation of the hieroglyphic texts in the New Kingdom royal tombs in the Valley of the Kings. They collaborate on the Instagram account @vintage_egyptologist, combining their interest in vintage fashion, photography, and Egyptology.

Photo: Jerren Grimes

Photo: Jerren Grimes

Florence's Glad Rags Strut & Stroll

Florence was the lady of Castle Hill. Come and join her and strut your glad rags or just stroll with your hand bag. We're going to have a little parade for all you dandy dappers and dolled-up flappers! Complete with our own marching band!!!

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Grab some friends and enjoy a game of croquet, badminton, or giant chess!