The Crafts House


"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.


Descriptive Terms

exterior views
color lithographs
prints (visual works)

Additional Identification Number

Prints and Engravings Collection number PR226

Physical Description

1 lithograph

Collection Code


Collection Name

Prints and engravings collection, 1830s-1920s

Reference Code


Image Dimensions

3 x 4.5 (HxW)(inches)


Boston (Suffolk county, Massachusetts)

Record Details


Whitefield, Edwin, 1816-1892 (Author)

Material Type

color lithographs
prints (visual works)


Tremont Street (Boston, Mass.)



Description Level


Location Note

Prints: Boston, Ma.: Tremont Street