The Boardman House (1687)

The Boardman House in Saugus is believed to have been built around 1687 (or as late as 1692) by William Boardman, a Boston-trained joiner. The house is sometimes referred to as the Scotch House because it was later confused with an earlier building on the site that once housed indentured Scottish prisoners who worked at the Saugus Iron Works. Boardman may have occupied that building before constructing the current home. A lean-to was added to the house by 1696, giving the structure a saltbox profile. Around 1725, William Boardman, Jr. made changes to the house, including replacing the original casement windows with sash windows. At some point, the building’s original two front gables were also removed. The house remained in the Boardman family until 1911, when it faced danger from modern development. In 1914, it was acquired by the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (now Historic New England). While some necessary repairs were made, SPNEA founder William Sumner Appleton left the house in unspoiled condition to preserve its seventeenth-century structural fabric.

3 Responses to The Boardman House (1687)

  1. James J Fichter says:

    Can you tell me what Paint or Stain is used on the major part of the house?

  2. Scott Bregman says:

    My Grandmother was born in this house in 1913. Its one of oldest structures in the United States. I guess my Great Grandfather was the developer that bought it in 1911 I know they moved to Jersey when Grandmother was 1 years old

  3. Mike Boardman says:

    I am an ancestor of William Boardman,would like to hear of any others.Still living on ancestral land of Joseph Boardman b,Aug12 1753 . d.1831 in Islesborough, Me. He was son of W. B.1710. ,and grandson of W.b.1685, and great grandson of William b.12/6/1657

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