Last week I decided to check out the sunken rose garden at Lynch Park in Beverly, MA and it did not disappoint. The park is part of the city recreation department and boasts many different activities from hosting weddings to offering canoe and kayak rentals to outdoor concerts. I was honestly shocked to find such a beautiful yet entertaining place so close to home. If you're in the North Shore area you definitely need to check this place out.
The history of Lynch Park is quite interesting too. Originally a set of expansive cottages, it was built in the mid-19th century as a way for the elite of Boston to escape the heat of the city in summer. President Taft actually summered here in 1909 when it was known as Dawson Hall and again in 1910 at Stetson Cottage on the site. The story goes that once Taft left, residents in the area started taking apart pieces of the house itself as souvenirs. The owner, Mrs. Evans, soon moved the house and years later in 1946 the land eventually became the park it is today.
The sunken rose garden is the most well known feature of the park and I just had to check it out for myself. It really blew me away with it's beauty and tranquility; for a moment making me feel as though I were transported back in time. If you're interested in gardens and landscape architecture it really is a must see. Bring a book and a picnic lunch and park yourself on a bench in the garden.
There's also much more to do there and it's very family friendly. I know I'll be going back soon and bringing visitors with me next time. Check out more information on Lynch Park here.
The signs read "Whoever enters here let him beware" & "For he shall nevermore escape nor be free of my spell". You got that right.