New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens Kim Knox Beckius, photography by William H. Johnson

New England’s history told through the homes of our most notable citizens.

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  • Paperback, 7½ x 9¼ in
  • 224 pages, full color photography
  • 978-1-934598-08-5
  • $23.50 US

The history of New England—indeed, the history of the United States—can be experienced first-hand by visiting the homes and estates of the region’s most notable residents. From presidents and war heroes to icons of American literature and the arts, the grace and grandeur of these homes offer a glimpse into the lives of the men and women who shaped our nation.

In New England’s Historic Homes and Gardens, Kim Knox Beckius and photographer William H. Johnson breathe life into the history of the region’s thirty-six most important, influential, and picturesque homes, from the earliest homesteads of the 1600s through the Gilded Age mansions of the early twentieth century.

By revealing the human dramas that played out within the walls of these remarkable homes, Beckius traces the evolution of the American Dream. Coupled with Johnson’s exquisite color photography, the result is a detailed and insightful study of the architectural features, landscape elements, and ingenuity that make these homes stand out as stunning examples of classic American style.

Kim Knox Beckiusis the author of five books on travel in New England and New York State and a weekly writer for’s Guide to New England Travel.



WIlliam H Johnsonis a native New Englander whose work has been published in magazines, books, calendars, cards, puzzles, and advertising.

Showcasing 36 homes in the Northeast that are open to the public, New England’s Historic Homes & Gardens is full of gorgeous photography and stories about the homes and their former residents. Reading that billionaire Doris Duke once housed camels in her Rhode Island home, Rough Point, is almost as crazy as Mary and Lady Grantham carrying a deceased Turk through the halls.
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