History and Architecture
The Brooks Estate was first settled in about 1660, and was transformed into a Victorian summer retreat by Peter Chardon and Shepherd Brooks. It is graced by two fine Victorian buildings: the Shepherd Brooks Manor and Carriage House (1880), both under restoration. More information.
Open Space, Landscape, Habitat
The Brooks Estate offers acres of open space, walking trails, Brooks Pond and a unique historic landscape. It is also critical habitat for birds and small mammals. Visitors are welcome to walk the paths and enjoy the quiet and beautiful outdoors. More information.
Preserving the Past / Restoring for the Future
Owned since 1942 by the City of Medford, the Brooks Estate was permanently protected in late 1998. Restoration of the landscape and historic buildings is underway. For more on the restoration itself: Restoration update. Please support us: How you can help.
City Council Meeting Report and Call for MORE ACTION!
Please help us keep the momentum!
Please send an e-mail to the Medford City Councilors. It only takes a minute. . .see below!
Meeting report: First, thank you to everyone who showed up and/or spoke at the February 25 Medford City Council meeting. We had a good turnout and the Council heard a lot about the Brooks Estate and the need for action on the Brooks Estate bond.
Despite the two-year wait for this meeting, the Council returned the Bond proposal to the Committee of the Whole because they "still have questions." We're working on some of these questions. . .
Council V-P Rick Caraviello (who is in charge of the Brooks Estate bond matter) promises a quick return of the Bond proposal to the agenda. (It will have to be discussed again in the Committee of the Whole and then "brought back to the Council floor" for a vote.)
We do not yet know when the next City Council meeting will be held (mid- late- March?) but we will let you know.
BUT IN THE MEANTIME, here is what you can to do help us move ahead:
Please E-mail the City Councilors now / soon -- thank them for the Feb. 25 meeting and request a YES vote in the very near future, etc.
If you are pressed for time, there is a simple "canned / basic" message at the bottom of this box. . .
Here are the Councilors’ e-mail addresses:
Please copy Cloaking on Councilor e-mails.
If you want to share your e-mail with us, BLIND COPY (BCC) to Cloaking .
Basic message (easy to personalize, too):
Dear Medford City Councilors:
I/we are Medford residents and voters. I/W are writing to urge to vote "YES" on the Brooks Estate bond. The Brooks Estate has been owned by the City of Medford for 72 years -- it is one of the best things about Medford. After 15 years of community effort, the project deserves your support going forward. Community members have worked very hard to protect and restore this wonderful "jewel" A reasonable and self-funded plan has been in front of you for over two years: it is time to move ahead!
Please continue your longtime partnership and support - please invest in Medford's future - by voting "YES" on the bond when it comes up for the vote.
I/we look forward to your response.
The Brooks Estate Master Plan
The Brooks Estate Master Plan details the long-term vision for the Brooks Estate, including the further restoration of the Shepherd Brooks Manor, Carriage House and the natural and historic landscape. The central goal of the Plan is to complete the basic restoration of the property to:
The Brooks Estate Master Plan is a careful, professional and conservative roadmap to ensure public benefit and long-term sustainability for the beautiful Brooks Estate.
The Brooks Estate Master Plan was provided to the Medford City Council, the City of Medford, and the public in January, 2012. It is also available on this Web site (see below).
Overview of the Brooks Estate Master Plan Please click here: Master_Plan_Overview.pdf
Complete Brooks Estate Master Plan
This is a large document and has been broken into sections - click on any section to read/download in pdf format:
1 - Intro and Table of Contents (255 KB)
A New Brooks Estate Feature for Your Enjoyment!
Brooks Family Medford Heritage Trail
Doug Carr of M-BELT created (and premiered) the fabulous Brooks Family Heritage Trail in Medford, showing 15 sites connected to the Brooks family and their three century history in Medford. You may walk, bike or drive the Trail, starting at the Salem Street Burial Ground (Medford Square) and ending at the Brooks Estate on Grove Street. A handy Map accompanies each Guide.
Download the Trail Guide (long version) (PDF, 5.3 MB)
Download the Trail Guide (short version) (PDF 1.3 MB)
The Brooks Estate is located on Grove Street in Medford, MA, about 5 miles North of Boston, 0.8 mile north of High Street (Route 60). Park off Grove Street and walk in at green gate just north of Cemetery. (Do not park in the cemetery.) Detailed map.
On Foot -- accessible from Grove Street (green gate) or through Oak Grove Cemetery (from Playstead Road side.)
By Public Transit -- take 80 or 94 bus from Davis Square (Somerville) or 94 bus from Medford Square (Medford) to corner of Boston Avenue and High Street. Walk up Grove Street.
All Historic Photos on this site (except 1946 Santa) taken by Sarah Lawrence Brooks in the 1880s.