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Pierce House

Dorchester, Massachusetts

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Pierce House is one of the last surviving examples of seventeenth-century architecture in the city of Boston. Lived in by ten generations of one family, the house documents the building practices and tastes of the Pierces over three centuries. At different times, family members expanded and adapted their house to meet demands for space, function, comfort, and privacy.

The history of the Pierce family highlights important aspects of social history, community history, and New England history. It tells the compelling story of a middling New England family over the course of three hundred and fifty years as they worked hard to provide for themselves and their children. The Pierce family took part in both local and national events; during the American Revolution, Colonel Samuel Pierce participated in the fortification of Dorchester Heights.

Architectural viewports and special lighting highlight many of the rare surviving seventeenth-century features. Of particular interest are beautifully chamfered framing members and a nearly complete exterior wall of original riven clapboards that was preserved by the addition of a lean-to.

Visit Pierce House

2016 Schedule
June 4, 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (last tour at 2:00 p.m.), free admission
July 13, 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. (last tour at 7:00 p.m.)
November 19, 1:00 - 5:00 p.m. (last tour at 4:00 p.m.)
January 21, 2017, 1:00 - 4:00 p.m. (last tour at 3:00 p.m.)

$5 adults
$4 seniors
$2.50 students
Free for Historic New England members and Boston residents. Become a member.

Location and directions
24 Oakton Avenue
Dorchester, Mass. 02122

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Directions: I-93 to Granite Ave. exit heading toward Ashmont. Continue straight onto Adams Street. Oakton Avenue is the seventh street on the right; house is on left.

Parking: Street parking is available on Oakton Avenue. Please note that buses for the school across the street cause traffic backups in the mornings and afternoons.

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Call 617-288-6041
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