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The “Classic” Guided Tour

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General Admission Ages 12+

Join our Octagon House Tours for a Look at this Victorian House from the Inside!

Created as a whimsical summer retreat in 1872 by tea-importer Joseph Stiner, this National Historic Landmark’s shape was based on the theories of Orson Squire Fowler, a phrenologist, who believed octagonal houses enclosed more space, allowed the sun in at all times, and permitted more views into the landscape.

This lyrical home retains its magnificent ornamentation and furnishings and the only remaining Egyptian Revival Room in America with its original decoration and furniture. The tour is conducted by highly trained guides and while in covers much of the garden, including our charming Lord and Burnham Greenhouse, the emphasis of the tour is on the interior, encompassing three floors which include the Lady’s Kitchen, the enchanting Dining Room, and the magnificent Egyptian Revival Room.