Home » Explore » Daweswood


Beautiful display gardens and large maple trees are found in the oldest section of The Arboretum.  This area also offers a glimpse into the lives of the Dawes family.

The Daweswood House Museum displays 19th and 20th century antiques and memorabilia from four of the Dawes Family’s five homes. The “Rathskeller” in the lower level of the house displays the shovels used by over 100 notable men and women who dedicated trees at The Arboretum, the earliest of whom initialed the Rathskeller ceiling with soot from a burning candle. Once outside, you can admire the charming Italianate-style architecture of the Daweswood House, view the Dawes Memorial, and enjoy annuals, perennials, flowering trees and shrubs in the well-groomed gardens. Nearby you will find The Dawes Arboretum’s maple tree collection which is ranked #12 in the world out of 30 institutions by Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI). The concentration of maples in the North End offers especially striking views in the fall season. Information on Daweswood House Museum tours can be found here.