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The Crafts House

GC002.01.MA.3300.006 (RS97760)

Description

"This house is situated on Tremont Street, near the Brookline line, and is one of the oldest in Boston. It was built in 1703, by Jno. Ruggles. Back of the house is the orchard where all the celebrated Roxbury russets originated. Some of the apple trees measure now more than twelve feet in circumference.

"An examination of the title to this house and the four-acre orchard in which it stands, shows that until very recently it had never been conveyed by deed.

"In 1639 it was granted by the town of Boston to Thos. Ruggles, who, five years later, 'knowynge all men must dye,' left it by will to his son John. In October, 1658, 'John Ruggles, being by God's hand weak in body yet light in memory, blessed be God,' made his will, which was approved at a 'Meetinge of the Magistrates, giving this home lott to his sonne John,' who owned it until 1705, when it passed, by agreement, to his relative Eben Crafts."

From "Homes of Our Forefathers in Boston, Old England and Boston, New England" by Edwin Whitefield, 1889.

Details

Collection Name
Prints and engravings collection, 1830s-1920s
Collection Code
GC002
Dates
1856
Physical Description
1 lithograph
Dimensions
3x 4.5(HxW) (inches)
Collection Type
Graphic Materials
Description Level
Item
Additional Identification Number
Prints and Engravings Collection number: PR226
GUSN
198267
Reference Code
GC002.01.MA.3300.006

Record details

Originator
Whitefield, Edwin, 1816-1892 (Author)
Descriptive Terms
exterior views
houses
Material Type
color lithographs
prints (visual works)
Subjects
Tremont Street (Boston, Mass.)
Places
Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)
Location Note
Prints: Boston, Ma.: Tremont Street
Physical Access Restrictions
Excellent

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