Thomas Pellet House (1670)

The earliest sections of the Thomas Pellet House, off Monument Square and across from the First Parish Church in Concord, date to 1670. The house has had a number of additions, much of the present structure being completed by early in the eighteenth century. The frame house is notable for its stuccoed facade, intended to imitate stonework and most likely added when Benjamin Barrett owned the house in the 1730s. The house was later the home of Dr. Ezekiel Brown, a surgeon in the Revolutionary War. In the nineteenth century, the house became known as the Deacon Tolman or Old Tolman House, after owner Elisha Tolman, who had a shoe shop next door. Another owner was Thomas Heald, a lawyer and member of the Concord Social Circle. Harriett Lothrop, who wrote the Five Little Peppers stories under the name Margaret Sidney, lived in the famous Wayside in Concord and saved a number of historic houses in town in the later nineteenth century, including the Old Tolman House. In 1909, the Old Concord Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution bought the house, which they furnished and maintained, sometimes renting its rooms. They had a public tea room in the house in the 1910s and in 1929 they built an annex to use as a meeting hall. The house was sold in 1951 and the furniture was auctioned. The exterior of the house has recently been renovated, with colonial era style plank frame windows and restored exterior horsehair and wood lathe stucco plaster.

8 Responses to Thomas Pellet House (1670)

  1. booboo girl says:

    this place looks like its new it dosent look like it was made in 1670?????hmmm’.

  2. I am not able to see this website properly on safari I think there’s a issue.

  3. current owner says:

    During the recent renovation, the windows were restored, they were not replaced.

  4. jenni devlin says:

    That makes it even better, I love it when people leave the old as old, when restoring.

  5. Lynne Lipka (Pellett ) says:

    Thomas Pellett was a great grandparent of mine. My parents did an extensive history on his family and I last visited the home in the late 1970s. Looking forward to visiting the home again soon. There’s even a story in the books about the children putting tobacco in the family stew.

  6. Current Owner says:

    The description above saying the house is brick is not correct – it is wood. Front facade is a faux stone treatment over wooden lath. In my opinion this house should be called the Mary Dane house as Thomas Dane gave this to his daughter who was married to Thomas Pellet. But of course back then women could not own property. Thomas Dane’s home still stands a few houses away. very detailed historical write up is available on this home at The Mass Historical Commission – described as Pellet/Barrett house – Form 307

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