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When did Historic New England acquire the Clemence-Irons House?

Historic New England acquired the house as a gift from the Sharpe family in 1947.

When did the Clemence and Irons families live in the house?

The Clemence family owned the house from 1691 until 1740. When ownership passed out of the Clemence family, the house sat on 300 acres. Over the next century the farm was operated by tenant farmers and then the Sweet family. In 1855 the house was passed on to Ellen Irons. She lived there until her death in 1937.

Where do I park when visiting Clemence-Irons House?

Parking is allowed on the street in front of the house.

Is the museum handicapped accessible?

A tour of any Historic New England property requires a considerable amount of standing and some walking.  Clemence-Irons House has not been equipped with handicapped accessible ramps, elevators, or chair lifts. Folding chairs can be provided for visitors who would like to use them during a tour. Service animals are always welcome. We encourage visitors with concerns to call ahead. We are happy to work with you to make your visit an enjoyable one.

How do I become a member of Historic New England and get more involved?

Join Historic New England now and get involved in preserving and celebrating the region's heritage. To join, call the Membership Office at 617-994-5910 or join online.

Can I take photographs at the museum?

Interior and exterior photography for personal use is allowed at Historic New England properties. For the safety and comfort of our visitors and the protection of our collections and house museums, we ask that you be aware of your surroundings and stay with your guide. Video, camera bags, tripods and selfie-sticks are not permitted. Professional/commercial photographers and members of the media should visit the press room for more information.  

Do we need to take a tour or can we just look around?

All visitors to the house receive a guided tour.