Christopher Gore (1758-1827) was a prominent Massachusetts politician, lawyer, businessman, and gentleman farmer. He owned approximately 200 acres in Waltham and Watertown. Much of this land was farmed and Christopher referred to it as “My Farm at Waltham”.
Rebecca Amory Payne (1759-1834) married Christopher Gore in 1783. Though the couple had no children, they shared a lifelong love of books, music, horticulture, and the arts. Rebecca was also knowledgeable about architecture and landscape design.
Jacob Farwell (1794-1866) started working on the Gore farm in 1810 and became the farm manager until Rebecca’s death in 1834. His daily journal entries from 1820-1826 reveal what was raised and grown on the farm. His twin brother, Isaac, also worked for the Gores.
Rufus King (1755-1827) was one of Christopher Gore’s best friends. He was a Massachusetts and New York politician, lawyer, diplomat, and also a gentleman farmer. Rufus and Christopher met at Harvard College and wrote hundreds of letters to each other throughout their lives.
Narrator: Emily Robertson
Christopher Gore, Humphry Repton, Robert Murray, and Scott Clarke: Andrew Penziner
ASL Tour Guide: Ayisha Knight-Shaw
Audio and Video Production: Andrew Penziner Productions
Christopher Gore quotes: Rufus King Papers (MS 1660), Patricia D. Klingenstein Library at the New-York Historical Society
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