Historic Houses

Willowdale Estate

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Willowdale Estate
24 Asbury Street
Topsfield, MA
01983
Phone: 978.887.8211
Fax: 978.887.8255
Coordinates: 42° 39' 15.336" N, 70° 54' 24.642" W

White Ellery House

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The White-Ellery House (1710), an outstanding example of First Period architecture located at the gateway to Cape Ann, serves as the backdrop for local history programming and a rotating display of work by contemporary local artists. The House is located at 245 Washington Street, just off the Grant Circle Rotary; parking is available for most events onsite or on nearby streets.

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White Ellery House
245 Washington Street
Gloucester, MA
01930
Phone: 978.283.0455
Coordinates: 42° 37' 22.6668" N, 70° 40' 33.4596" W

Whipple House

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Whipple House
1 South Village Green
Ipswich, MA
01938
Coordinates: 42° 40' 58.674" N, 70° 50' 24.252" W

Newburyport Powder House

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Newburyport Powder House
57 Low Street
Godfrey's Hill
Newburyport , MA
01950
Coordinates: 42° 48' 27.1656" N, 70° 53' 17.8476" W

Hale Farm

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Hale Farm
39 Hale Street
Beverly , MA
01915
Phone: 978.922.1186
Coordinates: 42° 32' 56.0688" N, 70° 52' 26.6088" W

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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

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