Stewardship property among Acton's "lottery houses"
May 13, 2012
One of four "lottery houses" in Acton, Massachusetts, is part of Historic New England's Stewardship Program. In 1794 Harvard College announced it was holding a lottery for the construction of Stoughton Hall, a new residence hall to be located in Harvard Yard. Four Acton residents, Abel Conant, Abraham Skinner, John Robbins, and Calvin Heywood, jointly purchased a single five-dollar lottery ticket and won. Their prize is believed to have been $10,000. Each winner used their share of these winnings to construct a fashionable home for themselves and their families in Acton, and after more than two hundred years all four lottery houses are still standing. Among them is the John Robbins House, which entered Historic New England's Stewardship Program in 2005.
See Historic New England's Senior Stewardship Manager Joe Cornish discuss Acton's lottery houses on a recent episode of Chronicle: "Recycled Boston."