About the Estate
A unique private estate, rich in history and natural beauty…
The estate has been in our family since the time of Benjamin F. Butler, the colorful Civil War general and Massachusetts governor, and is dotted with historic mansions and other houses (about 20 in total), all still belonging to his descendants. It comprises fifty-five rolling acres of meadows, forest, marshgrass and rocky granite shoreline, with a white-sand crescent beach, a flat mica beach, a granite swimming pier, a lily pond, and a wild peninsula where you can fish for striped bass or just contemplate the waves. It's excellent for kayaking, and also has two tennis courts and a playground, all overlooking the sea.
The estate is a paradise for birders. Over 120 species have been identified here, including snowy egrets, green herons, red-breasted mergansers, loons, sanderlings, ospreys, Bonaparte's gulls, belted kingfishers, and bald eagles.
One hour north of Boston, Gloucester is one of the country's oldest and most storied fishing ports. If you can tear yourself away from the estate, the Fisherman's Memorial, Hammond Castle, the Cape Ann Museum, the Rocky Neck artists' colony, Halibut Point, the Shalin Liu Performance Center, and many other destinations are a short drive away.