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In 1981, the last heir of the Kimball-Jenkins line, Carolyn Jenkins, left the Estate as a gift to the people of Concord. She left in trust the Kimball-Jenkins Estate with directions that it be used for cultural and educational purposes, including the “encouragement of art”. It is from Carolyn’s magnanimous gift of the Estate that the highly acclaimed “School of Art” at Kimball-Jenkins was born. In keeping with her wishes we are now a thriving visual arts school, the Kimball-Jenkins School of Art.
Today, all of the buildings have been refitted to provide galleries, private studios, and studio classrooms for drawing, painting, ceramics, photography, woodworking, glass, and sculpture. The formal Mansion, graced with the original Victorian details, houses the Jill C. Wilson Gallery, exhibiting regional and national art of historical significance. The Carriage House Gallery exhibits contemporary work of regional and national artists. In addition, both Galleries and the gardens are available for private events, including wedding receptions, corporate meetings, and social gatherings.
And yet, in the midst of all this activity, the historic buildings are carefully maintained and the gardens and grounds meticulously groomed to preserve the feel of an elegant and very private Victorian estate.