This aerial view of Stonehurst captures essential components of Olmsted-designed country estates: pleasure grounds, farm, and forest.
The house and its terrace at the crown of the hill look out across the rolling south lawn (right), and west field (left foreground) to distant views.
The outbuildings (now the parking lot), vegetable gardens and orchard were invisible from the house, relegated to the north side of the drive.
The forest “wilderness,” adjacent to this nature-inspired house, stretches for acres in every direction.
South Lawn, looking north, 1905
Aerial view of outbuildings, gardens & orchard, early 20th cent.
The outbuildings shown here once stood on the present main parking lot. Ruins of the carriage barn & stable (the large building to the left) are still evident just to the north of the parking lot. The extensive garden and orchard area behind (north of) the carriage barn was an integral part of this country estate.
Vegetable and Cutting Garden, looking east, 1928
North of the outbuildings shown on the aerial view was a vegetable and cutting garden, along with a small orchard of pears and apples. The peonies shown in this 1928 photo are still alive, but hidden in the overgrowth.
West Field, looking west from terrace, 1928
This secondary Olmsted vista, across a ravine, offered views of Prospect Hill and spectacular sunsets. The trees on the far side of the West Field have since grown tall, blocking the distant view.
West Field, looking west, 1928
This west view shows the rhododendron dell below the terrace wall. It borders an old cart path leading past a ravine to the Paines’ gardener’s cottage that still stands on Beaver St.
West field, looking south, 1930
This view is in the old cart path and rhododendron dell at the edge of the west field, looking south. The West Field proper would to the right, past the edge of the photo.