The pines

The Pines

Herbert and Grace Dow purchased 10 acres of land on West Main Street in 1897, as the site of their future home. The Pines, lovingly named after the stands of tall pine trees that once stood in this area, was completed two years later, in 1899. The couple, along with their three oldest children, moved into the home that same year. Herbert and Grace went on to raise a total of seven children in this home, six of whom lived into adulthood. Many of the family’s personal belongings are still on display inside the home, including Grace’s impressive teapot collection.

The Pines is a registered National Historic Landmark with the National Parks Service, due to Herbert’s contributions to the field of Chemistry. While guided tours of The Pines must be scheduled in advance, guests are always welcome to sit on the Pines front porch and enjoy the beautiful views of the front lawn.

For more information regarding Pines Home tours, please give us a call at 989.631.2677, visit our website at, or ask our friendly Visitor Center staff!

Dow Gardens Audio Tour
  1. Visitor Center & Gift Shop
  2. Birch Grove
  3. Boulder Pass & Waterfall
  4. Streamside
  5. Conservatory
  6. Secret Garden
  7. Herb Garden
  8. Sun Bridge
  9. The Pines
  10. The Yew Maze
  11. Willow Wedding Site
  12. Red Bridge Overlook & The Maze
  13. Founders' Circle
  14. The Bumps
  15. Observation Island
  16. Wedding Peninsula
  17. Rhododendron Trail
  18. Children's Garden
  19. Rose Garden & Trial Beds
  20. Rose Garden Bridge
  21. Orange Bridge Overlook & The Snake Creek Floodplain
  22. Orchard
  23. Mini Pines
  24. Wildflower Meadow
  25. Playground
  26. Forest Trails
  27. Covered Bridge
  28. Canopy Walk
  29. Education Center