THE HISTORIC LUCKNOW ESTATE
Start your journey to the historic Lucknow mansion as you travel via trolley on the same road that Thomas & Olive Plant traveled back in the early 1900s.
Prior to your tour of the Lucknow Mansion, you will receive a brief orientation. Learn about the rags to riches to rags story of Thomas Plant as well as the history of the Arts & Craft style building.
After the orientation visitors are welcome to tour the mansion at their leisure on a self-guided tour. Pick up a floor plan at the entrance, and learn more about important features such as central vacuuming systems and needle showers. Special activities are available to children as an educational and exciting way to explore the mansion. See everything vintage from the clothes in Olive Plant’s closets to the innovative electrical fixtures. Step out the back door to the lawn and stroll through the gardens.
Please note, access to the second floor requires navigating a set of stairs. A video tour of this space is available to any guest who wishes to view it by asking one of our Museum Interpreters.
Castle Basement Tours are Back! Discover the secrets of the Castle’s basement in a 45-minute guided tour highlighting the Castle’s unique construction, ultra-modern appliances and amenities, and the lives of the servants who helped run and manage the Lucknow Estate in the 1910s and 1920s.
main hall (left)
master bedroom (right)
lake roundel – stained glass
servants dining area (left)
The interior of the house is most livable with its air of restfulness and home comfort. It is rich without looking costly, simple, yet beautiful and artistic…
THOMAS G. PLANT / 1924
Thomas Plant once said that his choice of location for his country estate Lucknow was greatly influenced by his niece Amy, who was particularly fond of the exquisite natural beauty of “Ossipee Mountain Park” in New Hampshire.
Once the Plants had purchased their property, they worked with Boston architects J. Williams Beal & Sons to design the mansion, stables, gatehouses, and farm buildings on their 6,300 acres.
Thomas Plant and his wife Olive Dewey Plant would enjoy 27 years here.
Building Lucknow would require unique architectural design, smart engineering, an awesome amount of manpower, and a vast amount of money.
Thomas Plant wrote that he spent upwards of one million dollars to build his dream home (which would be roughly $25,000,000 in today’s money).