Apple Arts Day Held at Nearby Historical Gem You’ve Never Heard Of

Neighbors watch Patti Violett, diretor of the Shirley Eustis house, cook apples for apple sauce at the Oct. 5 Apple Arts day.

Richard Heath

Neighbors watch Patti Violett, director of the Shirley Eustis house, cook apples for apple sauce at the Oct. 5 Apple Arts day.

The Shirley Eustis House in Roxbury held its annual Apple Arts events in the carriage house on Sunday. The historic home — the only original Royal governor’s mansion still standing in the country — is outside JP in Roxbury but worth the short trip.

Using apples – including the Roxbury Russett – from the orchard on the grounds, Director Patty Violett and volunteers made apple sauce, baked apples and breads on an open fire. Part of the Roxbury Open Studios Day, this event attracted next door neighbors as well as visitors, many of whom had never been to the Shirley Mansion before. The mansion was built in 1747 by the King’s governor William Shirley. It is the only original Royal governor’s mansion still standing in America. Until 1851 Jamaica Plain was part of Roxbury.

Vistiors to the Shirley Eustis House walk through the apple orchard to the mansion during Apple Arts day Sunday Oct 5.

Richard Heath

Visitors to the Shirley Eustis House walk through the apple orchard to the mansion during Apple Arts day Sunday Oct 5.

The Shirley Eustis House at Shirley St and Dudley St Roxbury

Richard Heath

The Shirley Eustis House at Shirley St and Dudley St Roxbury