About the Park
Date Authorized: October 23, 1979 (Public Law 96-87)
Superintendent: Myra Harrison
Mission & Significance of the Park
On October 12, 1979, Congress passed Public Law 96-87 which established the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, "...in order to preserve and interpret for the benefit, inspiration and education of present and future generations, the home and office of Frederick Law Olmsted, the great American landscape architect and designer." This act authorized the purchase of Olmsted's home and office in Brookline, Massachusetts, as well as the purchase of the archival collection stored on the site.
The National Park Service is honored to be the steward of Olmsted National Historic Site, where America’s foremost landscape architect, his notable sons John Charles and Frederick Law Olmsted, Jr., and their renowned firm designed thousands of parks, suburban neighborhoods, campuses, and private estates.
We are pleased to inform the public about the renewed strategic planning effort being undertaken at the Olmsted NHS. The site has made enormous progress in thirty years, but “Fairsted,” as Olmsted named it, now faces new challenges. Recently the site received funding to revise and update the park’s General Management Plan. Your perspectives and input are critical to the creation of a renewed vision for the site and an enlightened plan for the future.
The Fairsted landscape illustrates many of the principles of landscape design practiced by Frederick Law Olmsted and the successor firms. The Cultural Landscape Report references hundreds of historic plans, photographs, and written documents which were all critical elements in the National Park Service to restore the grounds of Olmsted National Historic Site.
Fairsted: A Cultural Landscape Report for the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site is available online courtesy of Clemson University Internet Archive.
Olmsted Archives Collection/NPS
Special Use Permits are required to do certain activities at Frederick Law NHS. Please use the following forms for applying for a Special Use Permit. Contact Alan Banks at (617) 566-1689 ext. 221 for questions regarding these forms.
Did You Know?
Olmsted translates into “Place of the Elms”. Some say his planting of these trees could be considered similar to the signature of an artist.