The Shirley–Eustis House is a National Historic Landmark
located in Boston, Massachusetts

recent news

New Executive Director

SEHA’s new Executive Director, Suzanne T. Buchanan, arrived at Shirley Place on July 9th. Suzy is busy familiarizing herself with the organization, assessing every facet of our operations and meeting our partners, members and donors. Prior to joining SEHA Suzy worked for Historic New England as a Senior Preservation Officer and a Senior Institutional Giving Officer. She was also a long time Executive Director of the Hingham Historical Society (HHS) and played a pivotal role in helping revitalize HHS through innovative programming, fundraising, and the cultivation of a dedicated volunteer and donor base. Her academic background includes a B.A. in Art History from the University of Chicago, a MA in Art History and American Studies from SUNY Buffalo and a Certificate in Museum Studies from the Harvard Extension School.

The SEHA Board is confident that Suzy’s passion for managing historic house museums will help the organization meet its long term goal of becoming a major historic, cultural and greenspace resource for both Boston and the Dudley community.  

Upcoming Event on July 28th

Our Massachusetts Master Gardeners, Learning Garden Manager, Events Committee and volunteers from the Suffolk County Sheriff’s Department’s Community Works Program have been very busy preparing for the Historic Landscape Lecture and Tour scheduled for Sunday, July 28th at 2:00 p.m. Recent tropical like weather conditions have caused our ivy beds, gardens and grass to require extensive tending. For more information about the unique educational program offering please visit our Events section at


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Archaeology at SEH!

Dr. John Steinberg (far right) is pictured with (l to r) Steven R. Pendery, William S. Kuttner and City Archaeologist Joseph Bagley.

Dr. John Steinberg (far right) is pictured with (l to r) Steven R. Pendery, William S. Kuttner and City Archaeologist Joseph Bagley.

Archaeologists returned to Shirley Place on March 18th of 2019 to conduct a limited ground penetrating radar (GPR) survey focused on the Mansion’s south terraces. The survey may have revealed earlier (possibly 18th c.) terraces lying under the ones currently visible.

The brief survey was conducted by John Steinberg of the University of Massachusetts Boston. The device he used operates on the radar principal and is entirely non-destructive. It produces images that are not as clear as those of a CT scan and therefor need to be interpreted by a skilled operator. While certain objects can be detected the device is most useful for sensing buried foundations and different soil deposits of varying consistency.

The UMass Boston team hopes to extend its survey work across more of Shirley Place’s historic landscape. Dr. Steinberg was joined for the survey work by SEHA President William S. Kuttner, Board Member Steven R. Pendery, Chair of SEHA’s Archaeology Working Committee and City of Boston Archaeologist Joseph Bagley. 

Get Your “Good Dose of History”

We were recently featured in an article in which Suffolk University history professor Robert Allison listed fifteen local historic sites beyond the Freedom Trail "that can also provide visitors a with a good dose of history."


Learn more about our historic mansion, Gardner Carriage House, grounds as well as Shirley Place’s nearly 300 years of rich history.


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Cover photography by Ulricke Welsch