Gore Place, Waltham, MA  

Archaeological investigations at Gore Place, the late 18th and early 19th century mansion and estate of Massachusetts Governor and U.S. Senator Christopher Gore and his wife Rebecca, are exploring Gore's landscaping activities and identifying the locations of outbuildings and features such as the original carriage drive, the 1793 carriage house foundation, cisterns, the greenhouse, vegetable garden, flower garden, and grapery. Much of this work has been directed by research into how Gore understood his property. As a member of the early 19th-century scientific agriculture movement, Gore saw his property as a working farm and invested a huge amount of time and labor into transforming the landscape around his home. The Gore Place Society has been conducting architectural and archival research, and these data will combine with the archaeological results as the Society attempts to restore the grounds to their Gore-period appearance. Research at Gore Place will also contribute to the understanding of early 19th-century domestic and agricultural labor. Excavations have already been carried out at the home of Gore's estate gardener Robert Murray, a house he shared with agricultural laborers. Excavations of the carriage house area in the fall of 2008 investigated the layout of this service space and the possibility that the carriage house served as residential space for estate servants.

Gore Place Technical Report (5.1 MB)

Gore Farm Technical Report (5.6 MB)

Gore Place Remote Sensing and Historic Maps, CNEHA 2009 poster

Gore Place Agricultural Peripheral Report

Gore Greenhouse and Carriage House Report