Monday, May 2, 2011

A Royal Flush (Get it?!)

It's not every day that you feel like royalty, in fact some days you feel more like a maid running about doing  all of the household chores. After this weekend's royal wedding I couldn't help but wonder what it would be like to have a privileged lifestyle. Maids fixing your bath, preparing your food,  cleaning your house, while gardeners pluck weeds from your garden. I don't think having a retinue would be half bad. If anyone wants to give me a go at it  for a day or so, I'm game.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to feel like royalty. I spent my afternoon parading  about a Stuart-style 59 room estate, taking a leisurely walk through Italian gardens while stopping along the way to admire the stone statues that bordered the undulating lawn leading directly to a private sand filled beach. Sounds like a dream, right? For me it was, but for Florence Crane wife of Richard T. Crane, Jr., this was her reality during the summer months at Castle Hill, The Crane Estate.

Crane Estate is located in Ipswich, Massachusetts and is a 165 acre National Historic Landmark. The former summer home of Mr. and Mrs. Richard T. Crane, Jr., this historic 1928 mansion includes 21 outbuildings with beautiful architectural details, gardens galore, and a breathtaking view. Mr. Richard T. Crane along with his brother owned R. T. Crane & Brothers, which manufactured and sold brass goods and plumbing supplies including Crane toilets. 

The estate was given to The Trustees of Reservations by the Crane family in 1945. Today the Trustees maintains and preserves the property while making it available to the public for tours and special events. The Trustees own more than 100 historical properties throughout Massachusetts. Their mission is to preserve these properties for public use and enjoyment. 

Yesterday The Trustees of Reservation served their mission as my family and I along with hundreds of guests enjoyed a free open house May Day celebration on the property. Because of the devotion to preserving historical properties, this organization makes it possible for everyone to feel like royalty even if it is only for a day.


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