At Home: Historic Houses of Eastern Massachusetts

At Home: Historic Houses of Eastern Massachusetts

by Beth Luey


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With its abundant history of prominent families, Massachusetts boasts some of the most historically rich residences in the country. In the eastern half of the Commonwealth, these include Presidents John and John Quincy Adams's home in Quincy, Bronson and Louisa May Alcott's Orchard House in Concord, the Charles Bulfinch -- designed Harrison Gray Otis House in Boston, and Edward Gorey's Elephant House in Yarmouth Port.

In At Home: Historic Houses of Eastern Massachusetts, Beth Luey uses architectural and genealogical texts, wills, correspondences, and diaries to craft delightful narratives of these notable abodes and the people who variously built, acquired, or renovated them. Filled with vivid details and fresh perspectives that will surprise even the most knowledgeable aficionados, each chapter is short enough to serve as an introduction for a visit to its house. All the homes are open to the public.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781625344199
Publisher: University of Massachusetts Press
Publication date: 03/15/2019
Pages: 224
Sales rank: 806,672
Product dimensions: 5.20(w) x 8.40(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Beth Luey is author of House Stories: The Meanings of Home in a New England Town.

Table of Contents

Preface and Acknowledgments vii

1 Over the River and through the Woods 1

The Fairbanks House, Dedham

2 First Families 35

Adams National Historical Park, Quincy

3 Decline and Rise 69

The Otis House, Boston

4 Cousins 91

County Street, New Bedford

5 Home and Family 121

The Alcott Houses, Concord and Harvard

6 A Room of Her Own 149

The Mary Baker Eddy House, Chestnut Hill

7 Greater Than the Sum of Its Parts 174

Beauport, Gloucester

8 A Book by Its Cover 209

The Edward Gorey House, Yarmouth Port

Notes 235

Index 267

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Peter Benes

Impeccably researched and brilliantly written, At Home reintroduces us to old characters with new ideas when we least expect them.

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