Pierce Mansion

Description

"This house, which stands on Oak Avenue, in what was formerly the town of Dorchester, now a part of Boston, was built by Robert Pierce, in the year 1640, ten years after he arrived from England in the ship Mary and John. It was occupied by him until his death, 1664, and since that time until the present has always been owned and occupied by his lineal descendants, representing nine generations of the family in this country."Besides the wills and deeds of the property, many interesting articles of furniture have been preserved by the family; and among other things some bread or biscuit brought by Robert from England."The house is in a good state of preservation, and has been but little changed by repairs."It is quite probable that the name 'Pierce' is a variation of Percy, the names of the noted border chieftains of Northumberland, so often celebrated in ballad and legend." From "Homes of Our Forefathers in Boston, Old England and Boston, New England" by Edwin Whitefield, 1889.

Details

Descriptive Terms

houses
historic sites
line engravings (prints)
prints (visual works)

Additional Identification Number

Prints and Engravings Collection number PR334

Physical Description

1 colored engraving

Collection Code

GC002

Collection Name

Prints and engravings collection, 1830s-1920s

Date of Acquisition

1945-04-12

Reference Code

GC002.01.MA.4600.003

Acquisition Type

Gift

Image Dimensions

4.5 x 3 (HxW)(inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. W.S. Appleton, 1945

Places

Dorchester (Boston, Suffolk county, Massachusetts) [neighborhood]

Record Details

Originator

Whitefield, Edwin, 1816-1892 (Author)

Material Type

line engravings (prints)
prints (visual works)

Other People

Pierce, Robert, ca. 1600-1664

Restrictions

Good

Description Level

Item

Location Note

Prints: Dorchester, Mass.