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.
|Publisher:||University of Massachusetts Press|
|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
8 A Book by Its Cover 209
The Edward Gorey House, Yarmouth Port
What People are Saying About This
Impeccably researched and brilliantly written, At Home reintroduces us to old characters with new ideas when we least expect them.