The Pierce House: A 17th Century Boston Gem

This year, Historic New England (formerly known as the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities), celebrates its Centennial as the oldest preservation organization in the United States. To celebrate this landmark achievement, the organization opened the doors to all of their 36 historic properties for FREE this past Saturday.

Of course, who in their right mind would let this opportunity go by and not visit at least one of their properties? I visited the Pierce House in Dorchester, a First Period house and one of the last surviving examples of seventeenth-century architecture in the city of Boston.  The house was built in 1683 and was once part of a 20 acre farm in Dorchester which none of it remains today, but its rich history and relationship to the land have been recorded in its architecture.

Today, the house is primarily used for school groups, but it is open to the public on selected dates. If you’re in the neighborhood on July 22, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. and October 9, 1:00 – 4:00 p.m., consider taking a tour of the Pierce House and learn more about this important 17th Century gem in Boston.

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