mansion, The Ledges. It was built in 1885. The governor died in 1914. In 1925, the
home was razed and replaced by his son, Eben. The second picture shows the
second home in a view taken from a 1927 article in the Architectural Forum. The
National Register Nomination, says that it was built by the governor's son, Bristow,
but it seems that this is a mistake. At some point Bristow built a mansion called
The Crossways at 105 Adin Street.
The property has been owned for many years by Dr. Vincent Arone, and is operated
as The Ledges, a community for developmentally disabled adults. See the Milford
Daily News articles below for more about The Ledges.
The Ledges Now and Then - Adin Street Draper Menu
Now and Then Menu HOME
by Re/Max, MAPropertiesOnline, Dani Fleming, listing agent.
Click here for a 14 minute video of the home, and more.
A Grand English Country Manor Home classically designed and lovingly built in the 1920s by the son of Massachusetts
Governor Eben Draper and his team of master craftsmen, this home's exquisite construction is without equal.
A gift of the ages many only dream of...
Entry to this magnificent estate is from Adin Street, also known as "Millionaire's Row" in Hopedale. As you drive down the
meandering lane and pass the beautiful pond, you arrive at the circular driveway in front of this exquisite home. Driving in
conjures up images of a past long gone but not forgotten. It would not be surprising to be greeted at the front door by the
butler and ushered into the reception room beyond. Images of Downton Abbey fly through the psyche as you enter this
gracious home through the solid oak doors into the foyer with its lovely imported flagstone floor.
Perfectly placed on over 17 magnificent acres, this property is so large it can accommodate several one acre ANR
(Application Not Required) building lots or it can also remain an estate. The possibilities are endless as are the wonderful
experiences one has upon driving to this stunning home and walking through its magnificent rooms.
The thought "this is how life should be lived" will be your mantra as you walk into rooms with deep welcoming doorways,
rooms of warm grandeur with stunning windows that let in the light and beauty of the landscaped gardens, and rooms with
the spaciousness to give your spirit a place to fly. This exquisite country manor gives you a place to rest, a place to
rejuvenate, a place to thrive.
Sumptuous, grand, elegant, the construction of this home is without equal. Solidity under your feet, soaring ceilings above,
and all around you the fineness and timeless elegance that opens one's world to the possibilities few homes can offer.
Only the finest materials and workmanship were used in the building of this home at 55 Adin Street. Reports of the
construction during this period quote the amount spent at one million dollars—a huge amount for the time. And on this
sweeping parcel of land owned by Massachusetts Governor Eben Draper and inherited by his son, an extremely talented
group of architects and craftsmen set out to fulfill Governor Draper's son's dream of building an exact replica of an English
Country Manor. And as they proceeded to fulfill his vision of building on this side of the ocean the English home he so loved,
brick by brick and stone by stone a home of quality and beauty rarely seen in our time was created.
This spectacular home is over 14,000 square feet and has 17 bedrooms, several located in the staff wing, 10 full baths and
4 half baths, an inground swimming pool, gazebo, tennis court, and landscape design attributed to the notable landscape
architect Warren Manning.
The grounds of 55 Adin are open and expertly landscaped and driving to the circular drive one's heart is filled by the sight of
the large serene natural pond and the sloping lawn leading to this magnificent home. One can imagine driving up to
Downton Abbey itself, or seeing Katherine Hepburn running to your car to greet you. No matter what, upon entering this
wondrous home one is expanded by its beauty. This home is the perfect mixture of grandeur and comfort.
The property this home is situated on is a treat in and of itself. The lovely road to the house as this gorgeous English
Country Manor comes into sight feeds the soul and upon arrival one is surrounded by exquisitely landscaped lawns with
plenty of space to run and play. The tennis court, gazebo, and gorgeous inground swimming pool complete the back of the
house just as the gorgeous pond and graceful lawns complete the front. Surrounded by nature and beauty inside and out,
this home is a treat that feeds the heart.
Walking through the grounds of 55 Adin Street shows the amazing workmanship of the landscape architect Warren Manning
and reveals a beautiful grassy area protecting a landscaped waterfall just waiting to be revealed. One quickly sees that this
magnificent English Country Manor truly has all the amenities the good life can provide.
An outdoor lifestyle beckons the new owners of this grand estate. The inner courtyard naturally formed by the design of the
wings of this amazing home create a perfect focal point for the outdoor living space. With wide steps down to the swimming
pool, stone retaining walls in abundance, and a built–in stone fountain below the formal English garden, this garden will be
a joy in any season. Step up from the swimming pool or sashay through the formal English garden to the stone–lined
domed screened gazebo and many a hot summer's day can be spent whiling away the time sipping a cool, ice-filled
lemonade while enjoying the unequaled environment around you. And you can cheer on the tennis players on the court
below from the shade of the gazebo while still participating in all the activity around you. Imagine the joy in having friends
and family over for a casual and impromptu dinner, cooking steaks on the BBQ in your kitchen patio area all the while
relaxing and enjoying a late summer's afternoon...wonderful!
55 Adin Street will appeal to many buyers. It will appeal to the type of buyer who is like the current owner of 55 years -
someone who wants an estate to pass from generation to generation so the whole family can enjoy the benefits of living in
an amazing home on a stunning estate. It will appeal to a developer looking to find a large parcel of land to create homes of
distinction on 'Millionaire's Row' in Hopedale. It will appeal to a corporation looking for an estate that can showcase its
company as a corporate retreat, corporate headquarters, or corporate event destination. Imagine the popularity of this home
as a bed & breakfast or exclusive hotel, styled in the fashion of Downton Abbey.
55 Adin St, Hopedale MA 01747
Sale Price: $3,600,000
List date: Sept 25, 2014
Bathrooms: 10 full 4 half
Parking: garage 2 & 30 off-street
Property Size: 14,316 sqft
Lot: 17.41 acres (758,558 sqft)
Year Built: 1920
Taxes: $22,324 (2014)
Grade School: Memorial ES
Middle School: Hopedale Jr Sr HS
High School: Hopedale Jr Sr High
Thanks to John Butcher for this article.