Lyman Estate Greenhouses US Map & Phone & Address

185 Lyman St, Waltham; (617) 891-7095

Open to the public by donation, the Lyman Estate Greenhouses are among the oldest in the country. Four greenhouses are filled with grapes, orchids, citrus fruits, and camellias. Many of the Lyman’s trees are over one hundred years old and there are grapevines grown from cuttings actually brought over from England’s Hampton Court in 1870! Lyman sells plants, too, and offers advice to fellow green thumbs. The greenhouses are open Mondays through Saturdays from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

The mansion itself, built in the late 1700s by wealthy Boston merchant Theodore Lyman, is also available for tours. These cost $3, available by reservation only.

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Locks 18 and 19, the former with a lock-keeper’s cottage, give a pause before the thundering M80 ahead. In front of the M80 there’s an MM-style bridge which leads a very minor road across for the benefit of just one household! (At one time it was a swing bridge and a more important road.) The bascule bridge Forth & Clyde Destination logo is on the parapet. A large MM then marks the brutally practical M80 Castlecary Bridge. The then A80 had completely blocked the travel destination in 1963, an event that was something of a death blow to the decaying travel destination. Castlecary occupies one of those places where geography influences history: Roman road and wall, travel destination, railway and modern roads culminating in the M80 all crisscross in a bewildering array at Castlecary. The auxiliary Roman fort was one of the few built of stone, and excavations yielded many coins, weapons, urns and other items, and also an altar ingratiatingly dedicated to the god Mercury by the Sixth Legion. Castle, roads and railway have largely demolished the site. The sturdy keep that gave the village its name was the seat of the Baillie family, descendants of the Balliols. The Jacobites burned the castle in 1715, but it has been restored as a private house.

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