Historic New England

Swett-Ilsley House

In 1911, the Swett-Ilsley House became the first property acquired by Historic New England, just a year after its founding. The original portion, built in 1670 by Stephen Swett, was one room deep, and later additions more than doubled the size of the house. Over the centuries, the building served as a tavern, chocolate shop, chandlery, and press room, in part due to its location on Newbury's most traveled road.

Location:

Swett-Ilsley House
4 High Road
Newbury, MA
01951
Phone: 978.462.2634
Coordinates: 42° 48' 0.0864" N, 70° 51' 46.0404" W

Phillips House

In 1821, four intact rooms from an earlier house were transported by ox sled to Salem's fashionable Chestnut Street to form the core of a new Federal-style mansion being constructed by Captain Nathaniel West. Nearly a century later, Anna Phillips bought the house and launched a fourteen-month renovation in the Colonial Revival style. When she, her husband Stephen Willard Phillips, and their five-year-old son moved in, they brought with them a family collection that spans five generations and blossomed during Salem's Great Age of Sail.

Location:

Phillips House
34 Chestnut Street
Salem, MA
01970
Phone: 978.744.0440
Coordinates: 42° 31' 9.714" N, 70° 54' 9.4464" W

Gedney House

Salem shipwright Eleazer Gedney built the earliest portion of the Gedney House in 1665. Originally, the house was an asymmetrical composition consisting of two rooms on the first floor, a single chamber above, and an attic with a front-facing gable. Significant renovations to the structure in 1712 and 1800 resulted in dramatic changes to the house's appearance.

Location:

Gedney House
21 High Street
Salem, MA
01970
Phone: 978.744.0440
Coordinates: 42° 31' 7.5972" N, 70° 53' 51.468" W

Dole-Little House

The Dole-Little house was built around 1715 with materials salvaged from an earlier structure. Its first owner was Richard Dole, a cattleman, who built a two-room, central-chimney house with a small kitchen shed at the rear. This shed has since been replaced with a larger lean-to. Decorative carpentry and finishes include chamfered edges, molded sheathing (especially in the hall and parlor), and possibly original stair balusters.

Location:

Dole-Little House
289 High Road
Newbury, MA
01951
Coordinates: 42° 45' 49.7268" N, 70° 50' 50.7732" W

Boardman House

Built in 1692 for the family of William Boardman, a joiner, the Boardman House survives remarkably intact from its original construction. With the exception of minor structural stabilization and repairs, the house remains unaltered since the early eighteenth century, providing an exceptional opportunity to view seventeenth- and eighteenth-century construction techniques and finishes.

Location:

Boardman House
17 Howard Street
Saugus, MA
01906
Phone: 978.768.3632
Coordinates: 42° 28' 19.5636" N, 71° 2' 16.7316" W

Historic New England

Historic New England is the oldest, largest, and most comprehensive regional heritage organization in the nation. It was founded in 1910 to preserve and present the cultural and architectural heritage of New England, from historic properties to humble necessities, from art and artifacts to gardens and furniture.

Location:

Historic New England administrative offices
Otis House
141 Cambridge Street
Boston, MA
02114-2702
Phone: 617.227.3956
Fax: 617.227.9204
Coordinates: 42° 21' 16.686" N, 71° 3' 28.998" W

Coffin House

Coffin House was occupied by the Coffin family over three centuries, and provides fascinating insight into domestic life in rural New England. The structure, which contains the family's furnishings, began as a simple dwelling built in the post-medieval style.

Location:

Coffin House
14 High Road
Route 1A
Newbury, MA
01951
Phone: 978.462.2634
Coordinates: 42° 47' 59.964" N, 70° 51' 46.5768" W

Rocky Hill Meeting House

The Rocky Hill Meeting House is one of the best preserved examples of an original eighteenth-century meeting house interior. It was built in 1785, replacing a c. 1715 meeting house for the West Parish of Salisbury. The Rocky Hill Meeting House was strategically placed along the only road that crossed the swift Powow River (via ferry) and led travelers to the Salisbury Point area, and then onward toward Portsmouth. In fact, George Washington paused here to greet the townspeople on his northward journey in 1789.

Location:

Rocky Hill Meeting House
4 Old Portsmouth Road
Amesbury, MA
01913
Phone: 978.462.2634
Coordinates: 42° 51' 1.836" N, 70° 54' 39.2688" W

Beauport, Sleeper McCann House

Beauport, Sleeper-McCann House, was the summer home of one of America’s first professional interior designers, Henry Davis Sleeper. Perched on a rock ledge overlooking Gloucester Harbor, Beauport became Sleeper’s retreat, backdrop for entertaining, professional showcase, and an inspiration to all who visited. After Sleeper’s death, Beauport was purchased by Mr. and Mrs. Charles McCann, who left most of Sleeper’s arrangements and collections intact.

Location:

Beauport Sleeper McCann House
75 Eastern Point Boulevard
Gloucester, MA
01930
Phone: 978.283.0800
Coordinates: 42° 35' 27.96" N, 70° 39' 36.36" W

Cogswell's Grant

A mecca for lovers of American folk art, Cogswell’s Grant was the summer home of renowned collectors Bertram K. and Nina Fletcher Little. The colonial-era farmhouse on the property serves as a rich backdrop for their celebrated collection, assembled over a period of nearly sixty years. Though known for their meticulous research, the Littles decorated with an eye for visual delight rather than historic accuracy, and the result is a house rich in atmosphere and crowded with works of strong, even quirky character.

Location:

Cogswell's Grant
60 Spring Street
Essex , MA
01929
Phone: 978.768.3632
Coordinates: 42° 38' 16.8576" N, 70° 46' 35.184" W

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