Built between 1681-1682 this “lean-to” style house is the oldest dwelling in the city of Cambridge. Despite alterations to the home over the years much of the original frame and materials remain. 21 Linnaean St., Cambridge, 617.994.6669.
FREDERICK LAW OLMSTED NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
National historic site commemorates the great American landscape artist. Free guided tours of Fairsted, Olmsted’s historic design office and grounds, offered F-Sa between 9:30 am-4 pm. 99 Warren St., Brookline, 617.566.1689.
Formerly the home of widow Catherine Hammond Gibson and her son Charles, this six-level structure was designed by Boston architect Edward Clarke Cabot and built 1859-1860. Admission: $3-9. Open for guided tour only W-Su at 1 pm, 2 pm and 3 pm. 137 Beacon St., 617.267.6338.
JOHN F. KENNEDY NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE
A short walk from Coolidge Corner, this quaint green building was the birthplace and boyhood home of President John F. Kennedy. In the late 1960s, Rose Kennedy restored the home to how it originally appeared in 1917, and today most of its furnishings are provided by the Kennedy family. Free. Closed
Nov. 1-May 21. Open May 22-Oct. 31, W-Su 9:30 am-5 pm. 83 Beals St., Brookline, 617.566.7937.
NICHOLS HOUSE MUSEUM
One of Beacon Hill’s earliest constructs, the Nichols House is an architecturally pure example of Bulfinch design that provides a fascinating glimpse into 19th- and 20th-century domestic life. It was preserved as a house museum by Rose Standish Nichols, a self-taught landscape architect, suffragist and pacifist who inhabited the home from 1885-1960, adorning it with treasures from across the globe. Guided tours on the half hour. Tu-Sa 11 am-4 pm; Nov-April Th-Sa 11 am-4 pm. Admission: $10. 55 Mt. Vernon St., 617.227.6993.
WILLIAM HICKLING PRESCOTT HOUSE
Twin Federal-era town houses named for the American historian who lived there in the mid-19th century. Features Prescott’s restored study, decorative arts and a costume collection. Open W-Th and Sa 1-4 pm. Admission: $8. 55 Beacon St., 617.742.3190.