List of historic houses in Massachusetts

List of historic houses in Massachusetts

This is a list of historic houses in Massachusetts.


Western Massachusetts

=Berkshire County=

* Lenox
** The Mount (Lenox) - author Edith Wharton's estate; 1902
** Ventfort Hall (Lenox) - Elizabethan-style mansion, built 1893
* Pittsfield
** Arrowhead (Pittsfield) - home of author Herman Melville; built 1780
* Stockbridge
** Chesterwood (Stockbridge) - sculptor Daniel Chester French's home and studio; 1920s
** Merwin House (Stockbridge) - Federal-style house built c. 1825
** The Mission House (Stockbridge) - the first missionary to the Mohegan Indians in Stockbridge; built in 1739
** Naumkeag (Stockbridge) - 44 room, shingle-style country house designed by Stanford White; 1885
* Elsewhere
** Colonel John Ashley House (Sheffield) - built circa 1735
** Santarella (Tyringham) - home of sculptor Henry Hudson Kitson

=Franklin County=

* Deerfield
** Sheldon-Hawks House (Deerfield) - built in 1743
* Greenfield
** Leavitt-Hovey House (Greenfield) - built in 1799 by architect Asher Benjamin for judge Jonathan Leavitt

=Hampden County=

* Hampden
** Laughing Brook Wildlife Sanctuary (Hampden) - home of author Thornton Burgess

=Hampshire County=

* Amherst
** Dickinson Homestead (Amherst) - home of Emily Dickinson
* Cummington
** William Cullen Bryant Homestead (Cummington) - home of William Cullen Bryant
* Northampton [ Historic Northampton] is a museum of local history in the heart of the Connecticut River Valley of western Massachusetts. Its collection of approximately 50,000 objects and three historic buildings is the repository of Northampton and Connecticut Valley history from the Pre-Contact era to the present.

Historic Northampton constitutes a campus of three contiguous historic houses, all on their original sites. The grounds themselves are part of an original Northampton homelot, laid out in 1654.
** Damon House (1813), built by architect, Isaac Damon, contains Historic Northampton's administrative offices and a Federal era parlor featuring Damon family furnishings and period artifacts. A modern structure, added in 1987, houses the museum and exhibition area. It features changing exhibits and a permanent installation, A Place Called Paradise: The Making of Northampton, Massachusetts, chronicling Northampton history.
** Parsons House (1730) affords an overview of Colonial domestic architecture with its interior walls exposed to reveal evolving structural and decorative changes over more than two and a half centuries.
** Shepherd House (1796) contains artifacts and furnishings from many generations, including exotic souvenirs from the turn-of-the-century travels of Thomas and Edith Shepherd, and reflects one family's changing tastes and values.
** Shepherd Barn contains exhibits of antique farm implements, vehicles and a working blacksmith shop.

Central Massachusetts

= Worcester County=

* Grafton
** Willard House and Clock Museum
* Lowell
** Whistler House
* Shrewsbury
** General Artemas Ward House
* Worcester
** Salisbury Mansion

Eastern Massachusetts

= Essex County=

Morrill House-Issac Morrill 1680
* Amesbury
** Mary Baker Eddy Historic House (Amesbury) - Mary Baker Eddy associations
** Macy-Colby House (Amesbury) - built 1654
** John Greenleaf Whittier Home (Amesbury) - home of poet John Greenleaf Whittier
* Andover
** Amos Blanchard House (Andover) - house museum; late Federal period
* Beverly
** John Balch House (Beverly) - one of the oldest surviving wood-frame houses in the United States, built circa 1636
** John Cabot House (Beverly) - one of the first brick structures built in Beverly
** John Hale House (Beverly) - circa 1695
** Long Hill (Beverly) - Ellery Sedgwick's home and gardens; 1925
* Danvers
** Judge Samuel Holten House (Danvers) - circa 1670
** Rebecca Nurse Homestead (Danvers) - hanged for witchcraft, 1692
** Putnam House (Danvers) - circa 1648, birthplace of Gen. Israel Putnam
* Essex
** Choate House (Essex) - birthplace of Rufus Choate; built c. 1730
** Coffin House (Essex) - Colonial house; circa 1678
* Gloucester
** Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House - built in 1907 as a summer house for designer Henry Davis Sleeper
** Hammond Castle - home and laboratory of John Hays Hammond, Jr.; built 1926-1929
** Sargent House Museum - home of writer Judith Sargent Murray and pastor John Murray
* Ipswich
** John Heard House (Ipswich) - Western and Asian cultures in an atmosphere of the China trade years; built 1795
** John Whipple House (Ipswich) - mid-1600s to the early 1700s
* Newbury and Newburyport
** Cushing House Museum and Garden (Newburyport) - home of shipowner John Newmarch Cushing
** Dole-Little House (Newbury) - circa 1715 of older materials
** Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm (Newbury) - circa 1675-1700
** The Swett-Ilsley House (Newbury) - circa 1670
* Salem
** Nathaniel Bowditch House (Salem) - home of Nathaniel Bowditch
** Crowninshield-Bentley House (Salem) - circa 1727-1730
** John Tucker Daland House (Salem) - 1851-1852
** Gardner-Pingree House (Salem) - 1804-1805
** Gedney House (Salem) - circa 1665
** Nathaniel Hawthorne Birthplace (Salem) - birthplace of American novelist Nathaniel Hawthorne; built between 1730-1745
** The House of the Seven Gables (Salem) - house from the Nathaniel Hawthorne novel of the same name
** Ropes Mansion (Salem) - late 1720s
** Pickering House (Salem) - circa 1651
** The Witch House (Salem) - circa 1642 - home of Witch Trials Judge Jonathan Corwin
* Swampscott
** Mary Baker Eddy Historic House (Swampscott) - Mary Baker Eddy home (1865-66)
** John Humphreys House (Swampscott) - built by first Deputy Governor of Massachusetts
** Elihu Thomson House (Swampscott) - home of Elihu Thomson
* Elsewhere
** Boardman House (Saugus) - circa 1687
** Brocklebank-Nelson-Beecher House (Georgetown) - circa 1668
** Claflin-Richards House (Wenham) - circa 1690
** Cogswell's Grant (Essex) - remarkable collectors' house
** Mary Baker Eddy Historic Home (Lynn) - first home owned by Mary Baker Eddy
** Jeremiah Lee Mansion (Marblehead) - 1768
** The Stevens-Coolidge Place (North Andover) - house museum and garden; late Federal period
** John Greenleaf Whittier Homestead (Haverhill) - home of poet John Greenleaf Whittier
** Parson Capen House (Topsfield) - circa 1683

=Middlesex County=

* Arlington
** Jason Russell House (Arlington) - Bloodiest spot in the Battle of Lexington and Concord; built 1740
* Cambridge
** Cooper-Frost-Austin House (Cambridge) - oldest house in Cambridge; built c. 1681
** Elmwood (Cambridge) - birthplace and home of poet James Russell Lowell; built 1767
** Asa Gray House (Cambridge) - designed by Ithiel Town, home of botanist Asa Gray
** Hooper-Lee-Nichols House (Cambridge) - 2nd oldest house in Cambridge; 1685
* Chelmsford
** Barrett-Byam Homestead - (Chelmsford) - prior to 1663
** "Old Chelmsford" Garrison House - (Chelmsford) - prior to 1691
* Concord
** The Old Manse (Concord) - built by Ralph Waldo Emerson's grandfather; Emerson and Nathaniel Hawthorn wrote some of their work in the house; 1770
** Orchard House (Concord) - home of Louisa May Alcott; the novel "Little Women" was written here
** The Wayside (Concord) - home of Louisa May Alcott and later Nathaniel Hawthorne
** Bush, Ralph Waldo Emerson House (Concord) - home of Ralph Waldo Emerson
**Reuben Brown House - Colonial style built in 1725
* Lexington
** Hancock-Clarke House (Lexington) - home of the Reverend John Hancock (grandfather of John Hancock, signer of the Declaration of Independence) and the Reverend Jonas Clarke; built between 1698 and 1738 in Lexington, Massachusetts]
* Lincoln
** Codman House (Lincoln) - Federal style; built 1735
** Gropius House (Lincoln) - designed by Walter Gropius; 1938
* Medford
** Grandfather's House (Medford) - original destination from "Over the River and Through the Woods"
** Isaac Royall House (Medford) - a very fine mansion from the early 1700s with New England's only surviving slave quarters
** Peter Tufts House (Medford) - perhaps the oldest all-brick house in the United States
* Lowell
** Whistler House Museum of Art (Lowell) - birthplace of painter James McNeill Whistler
* Natick
** Henry Wilson Shoe Shop - Henry Wilson, eighteenth Vice President of the United States, made shoes in this ten footer.
* Newton
** Dupee Estate-Mary Baker Eddy Home
** Reginald A. Fessenden House (Newton) - home of technologist Reginald Aubrey Fessenden
* Somerville
** Samuel Gaut House (Somerville) - Italianate style; built 1855
* Stoneham, Massachusetts
** Shoe Shop-Doucette Ten Footer, 1850 ten footer
* Townsend
** Reed Homestead (Townsend) - murals by Rufus Porter, founder of Scientific American
* Waltham
** Gore Place (Waltham) - brick country estate; built 1806
** Lyman Estate (Waltham) - country estate; built 1793
** Robert Treat Paine Estate (Waltham) - country estate, collaboration of Henry Hobson Richardson and Frederick Law Olmsted; built 1866 and 1884
* Watertown
** Abraham Browne House (Watertown) - circa 1694-1701
** Edmund Fowle House (Watertown) - site of revolutionary government and first US treaty; early 1740s
* Woburn
** 1790 House (Woburn) - large Federal house with interesting history; 1790
** Baldwin House (Woburn) - home of engineer Col. Loammi Baldwin; 1661
** Benjamin Thompson House-Count Rumford Birthplace (Woburn) - birthplace of Benjamin Thompson, also known as Count Rumford

=Norfolk County=

* Quincy
** John Adams birthplace (Quincy) - birthplace of John Adams
** John Quincy Adams birthplace (Quincy) - birthplace of John Quincy Adams
** The Josiah Quincy House (Quincy) - country home of Revolutionary War soldier Colonel Josiah Quincy;1770
** The Old House (Quincy) - home of several generations of the Adams family
* Brookline
** John F. Kennedy National Historic Site, the birthplace of JFK
** George R. Minot House (Brookline) - home of George R. Minot
* Dedham
** Endicott Estate Dedham, Massachusetts - home of Henry B. Endicott, designed by Henry Bailey Alden, 1905
** Endicott House Dedham, Massachusetts - home of H. Wendell Endicott, designed by Charles A. Platt with landscape by Frederick Law Olmsted, 1934
** Fairbanks House (Dedham) - North America's oldest surviving timber-frame house; built circa 1636
* Elsewhere
** Captain Robert Bennet Forbes House (Milton) - Greek Revival architecture
** Eleanor Cabot Bradley Estate (Canton) - country house with garden grounds
** General Sylvanus Thayer Birthplace (Braintree) - birthplace of Sylvanus Thayer, "Father of West Point"

=Suffolk County=

* Boston
** Harrison Gray Otis House (Boston) - Not one but three houses by Charles Bulfinch
** Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston) - Remarkable palazzo and art museum
** Gibson House Museum (Boston) - unchanged Back Bay townhouse lived in by 3 generations of Gibsons; built 1859
** Paul Revere House (Boston) - built in 1680
** Pierce-Hichborn House (Boston) - an early Georgian house; 1711
* Dorchester
** James Blake House (Dorchester) - oldest house in Boston; 1648
** Captain Lemuel Clap House (Dorchester) - built for a descendent of an original settler; 1710 and 1765
** William Clapp House (Dorchester) - Federal style with Greek Revival addition; 1806
* Roxbury
** William Lloyd Garrison House (Roxbury) - William Lloyd Garrison's home
** Shirley-Eustis House [] (Roxbury) - Tory stronghold
* Elsewhere
** Loring-Greenough House (Jamaica Plain) - Tory stronghold
** Ellen Swallow Richards House (Jamaica Plain) - home of Ellen Swallow Richards

outheastern Massachusetts

=Bristol County=

* Dartmouth
** Elihu Akin House - cape-style house built; built in 1762
* Fall River
** David M. Anthony House - Second Empire style, built 1875
** Borden-Winslow House - Georgian Colonial, built 1740
** William Lindsey House - Greek Revival, built 1844
** Osborn House - Greek Revival, built 1843
* New Bedford
** Rotch-Jones-Duff House and Garden Museum - home of William Rotch Jr, a whaling merchant; built in 1834
* Taunton
** J.C. Bartlett House - built, 1880
** Samuel Colby House - Italianate, built 1869
** McKinstrey House - Georgian colonial, built 1759
** Morse House - built 1850
** William L. White, Jr. House - Second Empire, built 1873

=Plymouth County=

* Duxbury
** Alden House Historic Site (Duxbury) - built by the Pilgrim John Alden; built in 1653
** King Caesar House (Duxbury) - home of Ezra Weston, II ("King Caesar"); built 1808
* Plymouth
** The Jabez Howland House (Plymouth) - home of Mayflower passenger John Howland; built in 1667
** Richard Sparrow House (Plymouth) - oldest house in Plymouth; owned by the Sparrow family, who arrived Plymouth in 1633; the house was built circa 1640
* Elsewhere
** Isaac Winslow House (Marshfield) - Tory stronghold
** Old Oaken Bucket Homestead (Scituate) - scene of Samuel Woodworth's poem "The Old Oaken Bucket"

Cape Cod and the islands

=Barnstable County=

* Miscellany
** Atwood House Museum (Chatham) - built 1756
** Hoxie House (Sandwich) - Cape Cod's oldest saltbox house; built circa 1675
** Winslow Crocker House (Yarmouth Port) - built circa 1780

The islands

* Martha's Vineyard
** The Vincent House (Martha's Vineyard) - oldest house in Martha's Vineyard; built circa 1672
* Nantucket
** Jethro Coffin House (Nantucket) - oldest house in Nantucket; built circa 1686

See also

* Historic New England
* The Trustees of Reservations
* List of National Historic Landmarks in Massachusetts
* List of the oldest buildings in Massachusetts
* List of Registered Historic Places in Massachusetts

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