Pierce Mansion


"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.


Descriptive Terms

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

Additional Identification Number

Prints and Engravings Collection number PR334

Physical Description

1 colored engraving

Collection Code


Collection Name

Prints and engravings collection, 1830s-1920s

Date of Acquisition


Reference Code


Acquisition Type


Image Dimensions

4.5 x 3 (HxW)(inches)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. W.S. Appleton, 1945


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

Record Details


Whitefield, Edwin, 1816-1892 (Author)

Material Type

line engravings (prints)
prints (visual works)

Other People

Pierce, Robert, ca. 1600-1664



Description Level


Location Note

Prints: Dorchester, Mass.