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Historic New England protects Peter Oliver Jr. House

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MIDDLEBOROUGH, MASS. – Historic New England is pleased to announce that the 1769 Peter Oliver Jr. House in Middleborough, Massachusetts, is the ninety-ninth property protected through its Preservation Easement Program.

In a collaboration between Historic New England and the Town of Middleborough, this historic property will be protected in perpetuity. It is the second property in Historic New England’s Preservation Easement Program funded through Massachusetts’ Community Preservation Act.

The house is a rare and intact example of late Georgian/early Federal-style architecture in New England. The preservation easement protects significant architectural and historical features of the property and many features original to the date of construction. Protected interior features include plaster, woodwork, mantels, and hardware, as well as a section of eighteenth-century wallpaper preserved inside a second floor closet. The easement also protects the original carriage shed and barn and the property's historic setting, including its driveway approach, stone walls, and a Colonial Revival garden added in the 1940s.

About Historic New England’s Preservation Easement Program
The program administers easements held by Historic New England that protect privately owned historic properties. The program creates partnerships between property owners and Historic New England with the shared goal of preserving a property's historic character. By donating an easement, an owner entrusts Historic New England with the responsibility of working with present and future owners to protect important historic elements from alteration or neglect. For more information contact Supervising Preservation Services Manager Joseph Cornish at 617-994-6643 or jcornish@historicnewengland.org.


Historic New England protects Peter Oliver Jr. House