Visit Stonehurst, the country place of the socially-minded Paine family who were nationally recognized for their tireless efforts on behalf of workers. In the 20th century, the family's long list of progressive causes grew to include women's suffrage, disaster relief, civil rights and international peace.
Appropriately, the estate reflects the creativity and skill of many artists, artisans and workers. Architect H.H. Richardson's bold plan and flowing spaces combine with rich textures and handcrafted details, heralding the Arts and Crafts movement in America. The house crowns a spectacular rise selected by F.L. Olmsted, founder of the parks movement nationwide. Experience Olmsted's naturalistic approach to landscape design on the rolling meadows, curved terrace, and rocky outcrops of the estate grounds or hike across woodland trails that wind through over 100 acres of surrounding conservation land. Owned by the City of Waltham.