Designing an American Landscape

Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903) is recognized as the founder of American landscape architecture and the nation's foremost parkmaker. Olmsted moved his home to suburban Boston in 1883 and established the world's first full-scale professional office for the practice of landscape design. During the next century, his sons and successors perpetuated Olmsted's design ideals, philosophy, and influence.

Things to Do at Fairsted

Springtime at Fairsted

Summer hours are Wednesday - Sunday from 9:30a to 4pm. Grounds are open dawn to dusk. Grab a guide to them in a box by the Visitor Entrance.

Employees by the back door

The People and Stories Behind The Story

Learn about the untold stories of the Olmsted firm and family. One story even has a pirate - Captain Kidd!

A sketch of a shelter by the Olmsted firm for the Kennedy family home in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts

Accessing the Olmsted Archives

Learn about our collection; what it contains and our policies for how you can access it in a variety of ways.

Last updated: June 15, 2018

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