185 Lyman Street
Waltham, MA 02452
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Weddings and Private Parties

Now showing for 2014 and beyond. Open by appointment for functions tours. Please call 617-994-6672 to schedule your visit.

Surrounded by extensive lawns and perennial gardens, the centrally air conditioned Lyman Estate offers an elegant and gracious setting for:

  • Weddings
  • Anniversary parties
  • Birthday parties
  • Reunions
Lyman Estate at night

Use of indoor and outdoor areas gives you maximum flexibility in planning your party. Enjoy a cocktail hour in the garden. Dine al fresco on the covered veranda overlooking the landscaped grounds. Host intimate dinner parties in antique-filled parlors. Dance in the magnificent ballroom where the waltz was introduced to Boston society.

Six rooms are available for your use: The oval parlor with its original, hand-carved woodwork; a dramatic Victorian library; the east parlor and the dining room, where light streams in through bay windows; the ballroom, with its crystal chandeliers, classical columns, and marble fireplace. A grand staircase with a Palladian window provides a perfect spot for photographs. On the second floor, there is a beautifully furnished brides room. The mansion is fully air conditioned.

Your rental gives you exclusive use of the mansion and the grounds. In fact, think of the Lyman Estate as your private estate for the day. We invite you to schedule a visit to the Lyman Estate and meet with one of our event managers.

E-mail the Lyman Estate staff to inquire about available dates.

Rental Rates

May through October
Monday through Thursday
$ 1,000
$ 2,900
$ 4,400
Sunday and Holiday
$ 3,100

November through April
Monday through Thursday
$ 1,000
$ 1,900
$ 2,500
Sunday and Holiday
$ 2,500

Your rental fee helps support Historic New England's preservation mission.



150 for a seated dinner in the mansion

175 for a cocktail reception in the mansion

200 for a tented event

Please contact us for further information

bride and father

Rental Fee Includes

  • Use of the historic mansion and thirty-seven acres of landscaped grounds
  • Air conditioned and handicapped accessible mansion
  • Private changing room for the bride
  • Expert planning guidance from Lyman event staff
  • Supervisor throughout the entire event
  • Assistance with on-site ceremonies
  • Coordination of deliveries
  • Ample on-site parking
  • Use of 150 white folding chairs
  • Eight 60" tables (seats 8-10 guests)
  • Four 48" round tables (seats 6-8 guests)
  • Four 36" round cocktail tables (seats 4-5 guests)
  • Four high cocktail tables
  • One-year Historic New England membership
  • On-site baby grand piano


History of the Lyman Estate

The Lyman Estate, also known as The Vale, was built in 1793 by wealthy shipping magnate Theodore Lyman. Originally used as a summer home, the Federal-style mansion was designed by renowned Salem architect Samuel McIntire. The Estate remained in the Lyman family until 1952, when the five Lyman heirs donated it to the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities, now Historic New England. The property is now a National Historic Landmark and is available for rental for weddings and private parties.


Lyman Estate, 185 Lyman Street, Waltham, Mass. 02452