Monthly Archives: June 2008

The Old State House (1713)

Since the 1630s, what would become the site of the Old State House in Boston was where the Puritans’ stocks and whipping posts were located and where the town’s earliest market was held. A wood Town House was built there … Continue reading

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Nathaniel Hawthorne Birthplace (1730)

The house in which the author, Nathaniel Hawthorne, was born on July 4, 1804 and lived in until he was age 4 is located in Salem. It was originally on Union Street, but in 1958 it was moved to a … Continue reading

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Concord Town House (1851)

The Town of Concord’s first Town House, used for “town meetings and the county courts 1721-1794,” was located across the town green from the location of the current Town House. In the nineteenth century, the town would continue to share … Continue reading

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The Second Harrison Gray Otis House (1802)

The only freestanding mansion on Boston’s Beacon Hill is the second of three houses designed by Charles Bulfinch for Harrison Gray Otis, a prominent businessman, lawyer and Federalist Party leader. Both Otis and Bulfinch were members of the Mount Vernon … Continue reading

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The Hollis H. Hunnewell House (1869)

The Hollis H. Hunnewell House, on Dartmouth Street in Boston’s Back Bay, was built in 1869-1870. It was designed by Sturgis and Brigham for Hollis Horatio Hunnewell, son of Horatio Hollis Hunnewell, a wealthy financier, horticulturalist, and great benefactor of … Continue reading

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The Benjamin Wadsworth House (1726)

In 1726, a house was constructed on Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge, on the site where Harvard’s earliest building, the Peyntree House, had stood. It was first occupied by Harvard’s fourth president, Benjamin Wadsworth, his family and two slaves. After Wadsworth, … Continue reading

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The John Hodges House (1788)

Built around 1788 on Essex Street in Salem, the John Hodges House is late Georgian-style home with a grand spiral staircase within. Hodges was a merchant and passed the house on to his son, Benjamin Hodges, after it was built.

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