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The Carriage House

With recently completed renovations, we are delighted to make available the Carriage House at Lynch Park for your wedding reception or other event.

Imagine how beautiful your event could be as you browse our gallery of gorgeous photos of wedding receptions and parties at the Carriage House

Nestled between Woodbury Cove and the Atlantic Ocean in Beverly, Massachusetts, this historic landmark is an increasingly popular choice for weddings, receptions, class reunions, corporate dinners, retreats and other special occasions. The Carriage House is also available as an alternate venue to the Garden at Lynch Park for your wedding ceremony in the event of inclement weather.

Located directly on the waterfront within the 16-acre Lynch Park, the Carriage House has access to two beaches, several large greens, a children's play structure, volleyball court, kayaking and paddleboarding instruction, an ice cream stand and an elaborate Italianate Garden with a tea house. The Carriage House itself maintains many of its original features, including natural bead board walls and original period lighting. Modern conveniences include a caterer's service area and accessible restroom.

HOW TO BOOK

Browse our gallery of gorgeous photos of wedding receptions and parties at the Carriage House by clicking HERE

For Carriage House tours and more information, please contact:
Suzanne Lanzikos, Event Coordinator for the Carriage House & Garden at Lynch Park at lynchparkevents@gmail.com

To reserve the Rose Garden for wedding ceremonies and pictures contact:
Beverly Recreation at bevrec@beverlyma.gov

IMPORTANT FORMS

The Carriage House at Lynch Park Informational Packet

The Carriage House at Lynch Park Event Inquiry Form

Rose Garden Wedding Reservation Form

HISTORY

During the mid-19th century, when the Eastern Railroad linked Boston with Beverly, the door was opened for the development of the North Shore by wealthy industrialists. Many prominent families such as the Fricks, Stetsons, and Morgans made the trip to escape the heat and humidity of the cities and to enjoy the refreshing sea breezes of Boston's Gold Coast.

One of these beautiful estates, Dawson Hall, belonged to Mr. Robert Evans, president of U.S. Rubber, and his devoted wife, Maria Antoinette (Hunt) Evans. In 1909, President William Howard Taft rented one of the estate 'cottages', the fourteen-room house originally occupied by the Stetson family.

In an ironic twist of fate, the president's arrival coincided with Mr. Evans' death. He had been thrown from his horse mere hours before, and was being transported to a Boston hospital just as Taft's entourage entered the stone gates of the estate.Their vehicles passed each other on the tree-lined drive.

In 1910, the Tafts returned to Stetson Cottage but the widowed Mrs. Evans was no longer remotely interested in playing landlady. After informing the Tafts that she was moving Stetson Cottage to Marblehead, she ordered the house to be cut in half and transported by barge across Salem Harbor.

In its place, she installed the romantic Italian garden, a fantasy of flowers and fountains set against the exquisite backdrop of the shimmering Atlantic.

Upon Mrs. Evans' death in 1917, her two maiden sisters, Belle and Abbie Hunt, inherited the property. In turn, they willed it to Beverly Hospital. The City of Beverly subsequently purchased the property with a bequest of $400,000 from David S. Lynch, whose inspiration came from a park he had seen in London. In 1946 what was once the exclusive domain of the privileged became a 16-acre public park for all to enjoy.

Today Mrs. Evans' garden is the site of countless weddings, and is one of the most photographed landmarks on the North Shore.