William Hickling Prescott House

William  Hickling Prescott House 1808 Beacon Hill Federal townhouse. An historic property owned and operated by the National Society of Colonial Dames of America Massachusetts Chapter.
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🎃 Trick or Treat? TREAT! Last week of our seasonal house tours on Saturday 10/26 from 1-4 pm 🍭 It's no wonder Boston Mag...
10/22/2019

🎃 Trick or Treat? TREAT! Last week of our seasonal house tours on Saturday 10/26 from 1-4 pm 🍭 It's no wonder Boston Magazine listed the Prescott House as number 33 on their list of 100 Best Buildings in Boston. We will cast a spell on you with stories of people past. 55 Beacon Street, Boston
Admission: $8, children under 12, active military and families-free. Owned and operated by NSCDA MA. Tours start 15 past the hour, last tour 3:15. 🍬🍬🍬

🎃 All signs are pointing to Prescott House. Two more Saturdays to be bewitched by our gorgeous Boston Common town house ...
10/15/2019

🎃 All signs are pointing to Prescott House. Two more Saturdays to be bewitched by our gorgeous Boston Common town house located on Beacon Hill. (Boston House Museum 5-4-3-2-1 Walk by Tour participants get free entrance through October). Hours 12-4, tours start 15 past the hour, last tour 3:15. Admission: $8, children under 12, active military and families- free. 55 Beacon Street, Boston

William  Hickling Prescott House's cover photo
10/09/2019

William Hickling Prescott House's cover photo

William  Hickling Prescott House's cover photo
10/09/2019

William Hickling Prescott House's cover photo

William  Hickling Prescott House's cover photo
10/09/2019

William Hickling Prescott House's cover photo

Outta This World 🌎 If you missed getting your name on the list going to Mars, you can still sign the Prescott House gues...
10/02/2019

Outta This World 🌎 If you missed getting your name on the list going to Mars, you can still sign the Prescott House guestbook. Last month of tours for the 2019 season. Don’t miss the opportunity to explore our 1808 townhouse overlooking the Boston Common. Open Saturday’s 1-4 with tours starting 15 past the hour. See for yourself a stellar property! Admission $8, children under 12, active military and families admitted free. 55 Beacon Street, Boston. 💫

DOWNTON PRESCOTT 🎩Before Downton  Abby there was Downton Prescott. Come for a docent led tour of the Prescott House loca...
09/23/2019

DOWNTON PRESCOTT 🎩
Before Downton Abby there was Downton Prescott. Come for a docent led tour of the Prescott House located at 55 Beacon Street in Boston. Tours are between 12 and 4 PM and start 15 minutes past the hour. Come learn about the families that lived in this lavish town house directly across from the Boston Common and see why it was voted one of the eight best examples of federal architecture in Boston. Admission: $8, children under 12, active military and families admitted free. Owned and operated by the NSCDAMA. This is our last Wednesday for the season. But, we will be open the next five Fridays in a row until the end of October.

📚 Back to school. Time to learn about who William Hickling Prescott was and the families who have lived at 55 Beacon Str...
09/09/2019

📚 Back to school. Time to learn about who William Hickling Prescott was and the families who have lived at 55 Beacon Street since 1808. Come for a docent led tour Wednesday or Saturday between 12-4. Tours start 15 past the hour and last tour is 3:15. Named one of the 8 best examples of Federal architecture by Boston Curbed. Admission $8, children 12, active military and families-free. nscdama.org

🧺 Ever wonder how chores were really done before modern conveniences?  Here is an excerpt from The Prescott Family Cookb...
08/31/2019

🧺 Ever wonder how chores were really done before modern conveniences? Here is an excerpt from The Prescott Family Cookbook describing how to do the laundry. Located across from the Boston Common at 55 Beacon Street and voted one of seven house museums to visit by Boston Magazine. OPEN SATURDAYS from 12-4. Tours start 15 past the hour, last tour at 3:15. Admission $8, children under 12, active military and families admitted free. 🧹Happy Labor Day Weekend to All from the NSCDA MA

William  Hickling Prescott House
08/07/2019

William Hickling Prescott House

☀️ Swimmingly Special! Open Wednesday and Saturdays for docent led tours between 12-4. Dive in to history and experience life as it was living on the Boston Common on the Boston Common in the early 1800's, except with air conditioning! Voted #33 of 100 Best Buildings in Boston by Boston Magazine. Admission $8, children under 12, active military and their families- free. Tours star 15 past the hour and last tour is 3:15. 55 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

☀️ Swimmingly Special!  Open Wednesday and Saturdays for docent led tours between 12-4. Dive in to history and experienc...
08/05/2019

☀️ Swimmingly Special! Open Wednesday and Saturdays for docent led tours between 12-4. Dive in to history and experience life as it was living on the Boston Common on the Boston Common in the early 1800's, except with air conditioning! Voted #33 of 100 Best Buildings in Boston by Boston Magazine. Admission $8, children under 12, active military and their families- free. Tours star 15 past the hour and last tour is 3:15. 55 Beacon Street, Boston, MA

William  Hickling Prescott House
07/31/2019

William Hickling Prescott House

We are not just all frills. Come for a docent led tour Wednesday or Saturday and hear the rich history of the Prescott House. Visit this gorgeous townhouse overlooking the Boston Common at 55 Beacon Street, Boston, 12-4 pm. Tours start 15 past the hour, last tour 3:15. Admission: $8, children under 12, active military and families admitted free. Voted in 2018 one of the top 8 examples of Federal Architecture by Boston Curbed. Owned and operated by the NSCDA MA ⭐️⭐️⭐️

We are not just all frills. Come for a docent led tour Wednesday or Saturday and hear the rich history of the Prescott H...
07/30/2019

We are not just all frills. Come for a docent led tour Wednesday or Saturday and hear the rich history of the Prescott House. Visit this gorgeous townhouse overlooking the Boston Common at 55 Beacon Street, Boston, 12-4 pm. Tours start 15 past the hour, last tour 3:15. Admission: $8, children under 12, active military and families admitted free. Voted in 2018 one of the top 8 examples of Federal Architecture by Boston Curbed. Owned and operated by the NSCDA MA ⭐️⭐️⭐️

🇺🇸 William Hickling Prescott’s Grandfather was a Patriot too, he led the American forces in the Battle of Bunker Hill. C...
07/23/2019

🇺🇸 William Hickling Prescott’s Grandfather was a Patriot too, he led the American forces in the Battle of Bunker Hill. Celebrate the beginning of training camp and come here the story with twist during a docent led tour. 55 Beacon Street, Boston, Open Wednesday’s and Saturdays through August- 12-4 pm, tours start 15 past the hour, last tour 3:15. Admission: $8, children under 12, active military and families admitted free. Voted in 2018 one of the top 8 examples of Federal Architecture by Boston Curbed. Owned and operated by the NSCDA MA ⭐️⭐️⭐️

❄️ Duck the heat!  The ducklings, are headed to Prescott House for some AC. They are crossing the Boston Common to come ...
07/15/2019

❄️ Duck the heat! The ducklings, are headed to Prescott House for some AC. They are crossing the Boston Common to come for a historic house tour of this federal period mansion. You can too, we are open Wednesdays and Saturdays through August from 12-4. Tours start 15 past the hour, last tour is 3:15. Voted one of the seven house museums to visit by Boston Magazine. Prescott House is a National Landmark. Admission $8, seniors $6. Children under 12, active military and families- free.

🛫 On the fly in July?  Stop by the Prescott House Wednesday’s or Saturday’s on Beacon Hill to take a docent led tour of ...
07/08/2019

🛫 On the fly in July? Stop by the Prescott House Wednesday’s or Saturday’s on Beacon Hill to take a docent led tour of this 1808 Federal style mansion overlooking the Boston Common. Voted in 2018, one of the top 8 examples of Federal architecture by Boston Curbed and one of the Seven Boston house museums to visit by Boston Magazine.
Tours start 15 the hour, last tour 3:15. Admission $8, children under 12 - free. Active military and families- free.

07/04/2019
07/04/2019
🦋 Metamorphosis, something beautiful that becomes something even more beautiful. Such is the story of The Prescott House...
07/02/2019

🦋 Metamorphosis, something beautiful that becomes something even more beautiful. Such is the story of The Prescott House. The National Society of the Colonial Dames of MA purchased this 5 1/2 story Beacon Hill townhouse built in 1808 to preserve it 7️⃣5️⃣ years ago.
Come for a docent led tour, OPEN this Saturday. Visualize the affluent Beacon Hill families who lived there in the 1800’s as the docents bring them back to life. Help us promote our mission of historic preservation and visit this National Landmark. 🏆 Voted one of the seven house museums to visit by Boston Magazine.
Tours 12-4, starting 15 past the hour. Last tour 3:15. Admission $8, seniors - $6, children under 12- free. We are a Blue Star Museum - Active military and their families admitted free. Starting 7/10 open Wednesday’s too, same hours.
Linzee Obregon Prescott in photo, William H Prescott’s 4th great granddaughter 💗

☀️”Have fun in the summertime”🎵Come for a docent led tour of the William Hickling Prescott House this week OPEN Wednesda...
06/24/2019

☀️”Have fun in the summertime”🎵
Come for a docent led tour of the William Hickling Prescott House this week OPEN Wednesday and Saturday. Visit the ducklings and swan boats and stroll across the Boston Common to visit us! Visualize this affluent Beacon Hill family in the 1800’s as the docents bring the families back to life. 🏆 Voted one of the seven house museums to visit by Boston Magazine.
Tours 12-4, starting 15 past the hour. Last tour 3:15. Admission $8, seniors - $6, children under 12- free. We are a Blue Star Museum - Active military and their families admitted free.

🎶 “Summer breeze makes me feel fine.” Come for a docent led tour of the William Hickling Prescott House Saturday and wel...
06/19/2019

🎶 “Summer breeze makes me feel fine.” Come for a docent led tour of the William Hickling Prescott House Saturday and welcome the summer season. Feel the the breezes coming off the Boston Common as you visualize life of this affluent Beacon Hill family in the 1800’s. Voted one of the seven house museums to visit by Boston Magazine. 🌸 Tours 12-4, starting 15 past the hour. Last tour 3:15. Admission $8, seniors - $6, children under 12- free. We are a Blue Star Museum - Active military and their families admitted free.
Photo featuring William H. Prescott’s 4th Great Granddaughter Linzee Obregon Prescott 💗

❤️ Celebrate Father’s Day Prescott style. Open Saturday, 12-4, tours start 15 past the hour- last tour 3:15. Tour this f...
06/13/2019

❤️ Celebrate Father’s Day Prescott style. Open Saturday, 12-4, tours start 15 past the hour- last tour 3:15.
Tour this federal style mansion located at
55 Beacon Street, across from the Boston Common.
Admission $8, seniors $6 and children under 12 free. We are a Blue Star Museum, active military and families admitted free.

Reflections of the past, 1808 to be exact. OPEN Wednesday and Saturday for a docent led tour of this Federal style mansi...
06/10/2019

Reflections of the past, 1808 to be exact. OPEN Wednesday and Saturday for a docent led tour of this Federal style mansion built on Beacon Hill. Voted in 2018 one of the top 8 examples of Federal style architecture by Boston Curbed. Located across from the Boston Common at 55 Beacon Street.
Admission: $8, seniors-$6, children under 12- free. We are a Blue Star Museum, active military and their families admitted free. Photo: Shireen Saini
🕰 Open 12-4, tours start 15 past the hour.

💛🖤 Black and Gold is not all Boston is thinking about these days...  we are thinking silver too, as in Stanley Cup! 🏒 Pr...
06/05/2019

💛🖤 Black and Gold is not all Boston is thinking about these days... we are thinking silver too, as in Stanley Cup! 🏒 Prescott House has silver! Come for a docent led tour Saturday and see our beautiful collection of decorative arts while touring this beautiful Federal mansion voted “one of the top 8 examples of Federal architecture” by Boston Curbed. Located across from the Boston Common at 55 Beacon Street and “down by the River Charles 🎶 “.
Admission: $8, seniors-$6, children under 12- free. We are a Blue Star Museum, active military and their families admitted free.
🕰 Open 12-4, tours start 15 past the hour.

💰JEOPARDY!  BONUS WEDNESDAY:  Open Wednesday too this week, 12-4, tours 15 past the hour.Daily Double. This decorative i...
06/02/2019

💰JEOPARDY! BONUS WEDNESDAY: Open Wednesday too this week, 12-4, tours 15 past the hour.

Daily Double. This decorative item was used in the 18th Century to shield men and women’s faces from the heat. 🔥 If you don’t know the answer, come for a docent lead tour of this federal style mansion.
OPEN Saturdays, 12-4 pm, tours start 15 past the hour. 55 Beacon Street, across from the Boston Common.
Check our page or call 617-742-3190 to inquire about select Wednesday openings June- August.

💛”Boston, You’re My Home!” 🖤The playoffs are tied one to one, to Prescott House you should run. Tour on Saturday between...
05/30/2019

💛”Boston, You’re My Home!” 🖤
The playoffs are tied one to one,
to Prescott House you should run.
Tour on Saturday between 12 and 4,
Then home to watch the Bruins score!

🐻 This federal style mansion tours start 15 past the hour. 55 Beacon Street, across from the Boston Common and “down by the River Charles”. 🎼
Admission $8, seniors $6 and children under 12 free. We are a Blue Star Museum, active military and families admitted free.

No Joke, Believe It Or Not, come hear the story of how William Hickling Prescott is related to two military leaders who ...
05/28/2019

No Joke, Believe It Or Not, come hear the story of how William Hickling Prescott is related to two military leaders who fought against each other for different countries in the 1775! 💥💥💥
This federal style mansion is OPEN Saturdays for docent led tours, 12-4 pm, tours start 15 past the hour. 55 Beacon Street, across from the Boston Common.
Admission $8, seniors $6 and children under 12 free. We are a Blue Star Museum, active military and families admitted free.

William  Hickling Prescott House's cover photo
05/21/2019

William Hickling Prescott House's cover photo

William Hickling Prescott House is a Blue Star Museum.  Active military and families always admitted free of charge as a...
05/21/2019

William Hickling Prescott House is a Blue Star Museum. Active military and families always admitted free of charge as are all NSCDA MA properties. Thank you for your service.
Come for a docent led tour of this Beacon Hill National Landmark between 12- 4 on Saturdays. Tours start 15 past the hour.
Admission: $8, Seniors- $6, children under 12- free.

⏰ WAKE UP if you haven’t been to Prescott House yet!  Come for docent led house tour of this Beacon Hill gem located at ...
05/14/2019

⏰ WAKE UP if you haven’t been to Prescott House yet!
Come for docent led house tour of this Beacon Hill gem located at 55 Beacon Street. Open Saturday's through October 12-4, tours start 15 past the hour.
Admission $8, seniors $6 and children under 12 free. We are a Blue Star museum, active military and their families admitted free of charge. NSCDAMA.org

🦉Who Whoo will be touring a beautiful mansion this Saturday on the Boston Common?  Come for docent led house tour of thi...
05/08/2019

🦉Who Whoo will be touring a beautiful mansion this Saturday on the Boston Common? Come for docent led house tour of this Beacon Hill gem located at 55 Beacon Street. Open Saturday's through October 12-4, tours start 15 past the hour.
Admission $8, seniors $6 and children under 12 free. We are a Blue Star museum, active military and their families admitted free of charge. NSCDAMA.org
Thanks to Linzee Obregon Prescott for artwork.

🎂 I’d be 223 today!  Step out of the rain and tour our beautiful townhouse at 55 Beacon Street, Boston. 12-4, tours star...
05/04/2019

🎂 I’d be 223 today! Step out of the rain and tour our beautiful townhouse at 55 Beacon Street, Boston. 12-4, tours start 15 past the hour. Cheers! 🥂 (open Saturday’s)

🎂 It may be 223 years later, but, come celebrate William Hickling Prescott’s Birthday tomorrow by visiting his house at ...
05/03/2019

🎂 It may be 223 years later, but, come celebrate William Hickling Prescott’s Birthday tomorrow by visiting his house at 55 Beacon Street! 🎉
Docent led tours 12-4 pm, tours start 15 past the hour.
Admission $8, senior citizens $6 and children under 12 free.
We are a Blue Star Museum, active military and families admitted free.
Thank you Linzee Obregon Prescott for your graphics for your fourth great grandfather 💗 And, GREAT he was 😊.

William  Hickling Prescott House
04/30/2019

William Hickling Prescott House

Something’s BRUIN at Prescott House this Saturday. Come for a docent led tour of this federal mansion located at 55 Beac...
04/30/2019

Something’s BRUIN at Prescott House this Saturday. Come for a docent led tour of this federal mansion located at 55 Beacon Street directly across from the Boston Common. Open 12-4, tours start 15 past the hour. And, Go Bruins! 💛🖤

We are only steps away at 55 Beacon Street! Tours Saturdays 12-4.
04/25/2019

We are only steps away at 55 Beacon Street! Tours Saturdays 12-4.

Spring swan scene 🌸 🦢 🌺 🐰 Photo by @amyhoro selected by the kids of The Boston Globe

MEET SOME OF OUR BEACON HILL NEIGHBORS   This Saturday take a self-guided walking tour of Beacon Hill, and be sure to st...
04/24/2019

MEET SOME OF OUR BEACON HILL NEIGHBORS
This Saturday take a self-guided walking tour of Beacon Hill, and be sure to stop by The William Hickling Prescott House at 55 Beacon Street for a docent led tour of one of Beacon Hill's finest Federal era Mansions.

Tours start 12:15. 1:15, 2:15 and 3:15.

Admission is $8, $6 for seniors and children under 12 are free. Prescott House is a Blue Star museum and active military and their families are admitted for free.
A Walking Tour of Beacon Hill by Doug Gelbert (click below)
http://www.douggelbert.com/boston-beacon-hill

More about the William Hickling Prescott House:

Referred to as a "neighborhood hidden gem" by the Beacon Hill Times, don't miss this opportunity to tour this beautiful mansion across from the Boston Common and experience what life was like for an affluent Beacon Hill family in the 1800's. Voted in 2018, one of the top 8 examples of Federal architecture by Boston Curbed and one of the Seven Boston house museums to visit by Boston Magazine, the William Hickling Prescott House, at 55 Beacon Street, and the adjoining home at 54 Beacon Street, were built in 1808 for the Boston merchant, James Smith Colburn. These Federal period twin houses overlook Boston Common. The land was once owned by John Singleton Copley, America's most accomplished colonial portrait painter.

These 5 1/2 story brick town houses were designed by the esteemed American architect Asher Benjamin and are highlighted by two bow-fronts. Gracious geometric forms such as these accentuate the rhythm of the exterior design as well as create beautiful oval interior spaces. The building's Federal style features include a ground floor colonnade with delicate fluted Doric columns, elliptical fan lighted entrances with flanking side lights, colossal pilasters, elaborate iron balconies, and an ornamental balustrade over the cornice. It's no wonder Boston Magazine listed the Prescott House as number 33 on their list of 100 Best Buildings in Boston.

The American historian, William Hickling Prescott, lived at number 55 Beacon Street from 1845-1859. Prescott was one of the first English-speaking historians to write about the Spanish Empire. His books included histories of the Spanish monarchs and the conquests of Mexico and Peru. Some have been translated into several languages and remain in print today. Prescott made major renovations to the house. He built a rear addition, which included his extensive library on the second floor, and a third floor study, now faithfully restored, where he wrote his History of the Conquest of Peru and Philip II.

After Prescott died in 1859, his widow continued to live in the house until her death in 1869, when it was purchased by her nephew, Franklin Gordon Dexter. The Dexter family replaced the original spiral staircase with the present colonial revival staircase which emphasizes the vast expanse of space between the first and second floor. In 1944, seventy-five years ago, the house was purchased by The National Society of The Colonial Dames in The Commonwealth of Massachusetts. It was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1964.

The house is rich with character and filled with extensive collections of furniture and decorative arts which have been generously donated by the NSCDA MA. Chinese export porcelain and English ceramics are permanently on view. Remarkable portraits are on display including a portrait of past Prescott house residents who are talked about during the tour. The house comes back to life before your eyes as you gaze up at these magnificent portraits. Also, not to be missed is a rare and an original to house recently restored Tomkison square piano in the parlor.

There is a costume collection, dating from the 18th through the 20th centuries, which includes dresses, fans, shoes, parasols and children's clothing, selections of which are on continuous display. The full collection is available to researchers by appointment.

Owned and operated by the NSCDA MA a 126-year non-profit organization dedicated to historic preservation, supporting veteran’s programs, promoting patriotism and educating the public about early US history.

Address

55 Beacon St
Boston, MA
02108-3531

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General information

Open Saturdays through October Open Wednesdays June through September, except July 3. Hours both days 12-4, tours start 15 past hour. Last tour starts 3:15.

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