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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Prescott Patriots!  🇺🇸
04/19/2021

Prescott Patriots! 🇺🇸

Hoping you enjoyed our Women’s History Month posts celebrating our Dames.  Our final photo is Linda Mattingly a former N...
03/29/2021

Hoping you enjoyed our Women’s History Month posts celebrating our Dames. Our final photo is Linda Mattingly a former NSCDA DC Society president during a ground breaking ceremony for Belle Vue ballroom at Dumbarton House our national headquarters.💛💙

https://nscda.org

Hoping you enjoyed our Women’s History Month posts celebrating our Dames. Our final photo is Linda Mattingly a former NSCDA DC Society president during a ground breaking ceremony for Belle Vue ballroom at Dumbarton House our national headquarters.💛💙

https://nscda.org

Celebrating our third MA Dame as part of Women’s History Month. Entrusted by Susan Martin Allien, Martin House Farm, an ...
03/22/2021

Celebrating our third MA Dame as part of Women’s History Month. Entrusted by Susan Martin Allien, Martin House Farm, an NSCDA MA property, is a charming homestead in Swansea, Massachusetts. Susan Martin, an eight-generation Martin, was a member of The NSCDA NY along with other lineage organizations. Not only was Susan a founder of the General Society of the Mayflower Descendants in 1897, but she also proved to be a true inspiration as a member of the Red Cross Society and participated in numerous volunteer organizations. Susan is remembered as a community leader who encouraged American housewives to better their communities by participating in various local organizations. She was a pillar in her community of Riverdale NY. By donating this special property, it’s antiques collection and 53 acres of farmland, Susan Martin has provided lasting memories for families to experience the unique opportunity of traveling back in time and appreciating a slice of American history. By bequesting it to the NSCDA MA, she assured the property would be preserved and protected for all generations that follow.

Would you like to learn more about Susan Martin Allien, and her life and impressive achievements? Click here.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Vnu7IoUYZ-j9ValJUg6Xx9-F36Nyn3C-1lUY_P7cesI/edit?usp=sharing

Also, be sure to check out:
NSCDA History: https://nscda.org/historys-keepers-the-legacy-of-the-nscda/
Martin House Farm: https://nscdama.org/martin-house-farm/
"Women of Vision". https://nscda.org/women-of-vision/.

03/20/2021
Remembering Jane Webster During Women’s History Month – Beacon Hill Times

🌹Thank you to The Beacon Hill Times for sharing our article honoring Jane Webster on National Womens Day as part of National Womens History Month. Jane loved roses. 🌹🌹

News Remembering Jane Webster During Women’s History Month by Beacon Hill Times Staff • March 18, 2021 • 0 Comments By Elizabeth B. Eaton Jane dePeyster Hovey Webster/Mrs. Edwin S. Webster (1870- 1969) continued her family’s propensity to enrich the community. Her ability to recognize im...

Celebrating our second MA Dame this week as part of Women’s History Month. Edith Greenough Wendell inspired the NSCDA-MA...
03/15/2021

Celebrating our second MA Dame this week as part of Women’s History Month. Edith Greenough Wendell inspired the NSCDA-MA and the Quincy community to save and preserve the Dorothy Quincy Homestead from urban development 117 years ago. Under her leadership as the president of the NSCDA-MA from 1903-1923, she created an environment of encouragement, determination and teamwork that allowed the Massachusetts Society to hire historic architect, Joseph Evertt Chandler, and undertake extensive renovations of the house. What a treasured destination this National Historic Landmark is for the City of Quincy and state, made possible in part by Edith’s vision and NSCDA-MA’s partnership with the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Would you like to learn more about Edith Wendell and her life and impressive achievements? Click here.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_0BeSKs5x6NvxuRzVDf405QVPCvNAc8f7hlYgSiT-N0/edit?usp=sharing

Also, be sure to check out:
NSCDA History: https://nscda.org/historys-keepers-the-legacy-of-the-nscda/
Quincy Homestead: https://nscdama.org/quincy-homestead/
"Women of Vision". https://nscda.org/women-of-vision/.


On the left: Edith Greenough Wendell on the steps of the old gazebo at Dorothy Quincy Homestead, Quincy MA. Photo courtesy of Dorothy Quincy Homestead archives.

Celebrating our second MA Dame this week as part of Women’s History Month. Edith Greenough Wendell inspired the NSCDA-MA and the Quincy community to save and preserve the Dorothy Quincy Homestead from urban development 117 years ago. Under her leadership as the president of the NSCDA-MA from 1903-1923, she created an environment of encouragement, determination and teamwork that allowed the Massachusetts Society to hire historic architect, Joseph Evertt Chandler, and undertake extensive renovations of the house. What a treasured destination this National Historic Landmark is for the City of Quincy and state, made possible in part by Edith’s vision and NSCDA-MA’s partnership with the MA Department of Conservation and Recreation.

Would you like to learn more about Edith Wendell and her life and impressive achievements? Click here.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1_0BeSKs5x6NvxuRzVDf405QVPCvNAc8f7hlYgSiT-N0/edit?usp=sharing

Also, be sure to check out:
NSCDA History: https://nscda.org/historys-keepers-the-legacy-of-the-nscda/
Quincy Homestead: https://nscdama.org/quincy-homestead/
"Women of Vision". https://nscda.org/women-of-vision/.


On the left: Edith Greenough Wendell on the steps of the old gazebo at Dorothy Quincy Homestead, Quincy MA. Photo courtesy of Dorothy Quincy Homestead archives.

03/13/2021

🌷Spring Forward! Remember to set your clocks an hour ahead at bedtime today for “Daylight Saving”!

Speaking of time, the photo features a circa 1790 Tall Case clock with dial signed by William Cummens (Roxbury, MA). It was a gift to NSCDA MA in 1958, and currently on display at William Hickling Prescott House.

We are currently closed due to the pandemic and looking forward to a time we can get together again. Visit nscdama.org for updates.

🎉🌹Happy International Women’s Day!  Did you know the acquisition, renovation, and restoration of The William Hickling Pr...
03/08/2021

🎉🌹Happy International Women’s Day! Did you know the acquisition, renovation, and restoration of The William Hickling Prescott House was spearheaded by a woman! Because of Jane dePeyster Hovey Webster’s ability to recognize important sites, the NSCDA-MA headquarters and museum is stationed in this National Historic Landmark townhouse at 55 Beacon Street graciously overlooking the Boston Common. Prior to the Dames occupying Prescott House, Jane supported our mission of patriotic service; during WWII, she opened the music room of her Dartmouth Street home for the War Relief committee. Mrs. Edwin S. Webster consistently showed extraordinary dedication to the NSCDA missions of historic preservation, Colonial education and patriotic service.

Would you like to learn more about Jane Webster, her life and impressive achievements? Click here.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-tuG_QPwgwmonNi0UCyFD0ZsvH3qzAGhrHV07LZRJR8/edit?usp=sharing

Also, be sure to check out:
NSCDA History Keepers: https://nscda.org/historys-keepers-the-legacy-of-the-nscda/
Prescott House: https://nscdama.org/william-hickling-prescott-house/
NSCDA "Women of Vision": https://nscda.org/women-of-vision/.

Portrait of Jane Webster- John Singer Sargent, 1920

🎉🌹Happy International Women’s Day! Did you know the acquisition, renovation, and restoration of The William Hickling Prescott House was spearheaded by a woman! Because of Jane dePeyster Hovey Webster’s ability to recognize important sites, the NSCDA-MA headquarters and museum is stationed in this National Historic Landmark townhouse at 55 Beacon Street graciously overlooking the Boston Common. Prior to the Dames occupying Prescott House, Jane supported our mission of patriotic service; during WWII, she opened the music room of her Dartmouth Street home for the War Relief committee. Mrs. Edwin S. Webster consistently showed extraordinary dedication to the NSCDA missions of historic preservation, Colonial education and patriotic service.

Would you like to learn more about Jane Webster, her life and impressive achievements? Click here.
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1-tuG_QPwgwmonNi0UCyFD0ZsvH3qzAGhrHV07LZRJR8/edit?usp=sharing

Also, be sure to check out:
NSCDA History Keepers: https://nscda.org/historys-keepers-the-legacy-of-the-nscda/
Prescott House: https://nscdama.org/william-hickling-prescott-house/
NSCDA "Women of Vision": https://nscda.org/women-of-vision/.

Portrait of Jane Webster- John Singer Sargent, 1920

03/01/2021

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH 2021

March is Women’s History Month, and as part of the celebration, March 8 is International Women’s Day. We celebrate Women’s History Month to recognize the achievements and contributions of women in American history. In 1987 the US Congress officially designated March Women's History Month, which is assigned a theme each year. This year's theme is “Valiant Women of the Vote: Refusing to be Silenced”.

For the next three weeks, we will highlight Dames responsible for keeping history alive in MA by contributing to the preservation of our three historic house museums.

For more information about inspiring women in the history of NSCDA, please read: "Women of Vision". https://nscda.org/women-of-vision/.

For more information about Women’s History Month, follow the link: https://nationalwomenshistoryalliance.org

02/15/2021

🇺🇸 Join The National Society of The Colonial Dames in The Commonwealth of Massachusetts in celebrating George Washington’s Birthday!

Photo: Portrait of George Washington by Gilbert Stuart (1795), The Met Fifth Avenue

02/14/2021

Washington’s Birthday Fun Facts Day 6-

Now that we explored the origin of Washington's Birthday and his ancestral home, Sulgrave Manor, let's talk about his home in Virginia, Mount Vernon.

The current estate includes a mansion, gardens, tombs, a working farm, a functioning distillery and gristmill, plus a museum and education center.

Washington didn’t make Mount Vernon his home until 1759, after he married the widow and mother of two, Martha Dandridge Custis. Although the title of “First Lady” was not coined until after Martha Washington’s death, she served as the inaugural First Lady of the United States. During her lifetime, she was often referred to as "Lady Washington".

The estate faced potential destruction during the Civil War, but was declared neutral ground and remained open to the public and intact.

In the 1850s, Ann Pamela Cunningham and the Mount Vernon Ladies’ Association began preserving the home of George Washington. More than 160 years later, the work continues.

Photo: washington.org

Artwork: Linzee Prescott @studio1991
02/14/2021

Artwork: Linzee Prescott @studio1991

Artwork: Linzee Prescott @studio1991

02/13/2021

Washington’s Birthday Fun Fact Day 5-

An Endowment Fund to assist with the maintenance of Sulgrave Manor and its grounds was initiated in 1923 by The National Society of The Colonial Dames of America.

In 1917, John Glessner received an invitation to help preserve the property. Glessner was in the farm machinery business, and at the time of his death, his corporation was the fourth largest in the country. There is no evidence that he made the requested donation, but his family members later did.

His wife, Frances Glessner, became a member of the Dames in 1921. She was among the subscribers who endowed the manor during the NSCDA appeal. Further funds for restoration were raised between 1926 and 1931, and Alice Hamlin Glessner, John Glessner’s daughter-in-law, was an active member for NSCDA NH, and was among the funders for that project.

Photo: Bridebook

02/12/2021

Washington’s Birthday Fun Facts Day 4-

In 1914, ten days prior to Great Britain declaring war on Germany and the start of World War I, there had been a ceremony in celebration of 100 years of peace between Great Britain and the US since the signing of the Treaty of Ghent (1814).

The British Peace Centenary Committee purchased the Sulgrave Manor and presented it jointly to the people of England and the United States as a memento of their common inheritance. Ownership was retained by the British Centenary Committee, and eventually transferred to the Sulgrave Manor Trust.

Planned restoration of Sulgrave Manor was put on hold due to the war, but in 1917, an appeal was sent out from prominent Americans to start the restoration process. After the war, in December 1919, a second solicitation was sent out with an added appeal from King George V and the Prince of Wales. Once the funds were secured, the Sulgrave house and grounds were restored. The house officially opened in 1921 with the flags of Great Britain and the United States both displayed.

Photo: glessnerhouse.org, December 1919

02/11/2021

Presidents Day Fun Facts Day 3-
Although there are 14 different names used to celebrate Presidents’ Day, Massachusetts uses “Washington's Birthday”. Perhaps this decision to stick with the traditions traces back to 1917, when a committee of prominent American individuals was formed to support the restoration of Sulgrave Manor — George Washington’s ancestral home — in England. Four out of eight committee members were from New England.

Robert Bacon- Born in Jamaica Plain (Boston), MA, in 1860. He was an American statesman and diplomat.

Charles W. Eliot- Born in Boston, MA, in 1834. He was an academic selected as Harvard's president in 1869.

Henry Cabot Lodge- Born in Beverly, MA, in 1850. He was a politician, historian, and statesman.

General Leonard A. Wood- Born in Winchester, New Hampshire, in 1860. He was an United States Army major, general, physician, and public official.

Photo: glessnerhouse.org, 1917

02/10/2021

Presidents Day Fun Facts, Day 2-

Did you know that “Presidents’ Day” is not the official name of the holiday in every state? There are 14 different names used throughout the states.

The shift from calling the day “Washington’s Birthday” to “Presidents' Day” began in the late 1960s, when Congress proposed a measure known as the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.
This law intended to shift the celebration of several federal holidays from specific dates to Mondays, therefore creating several three-day weekends. The law took effect in 1971, following an executive order from President Richard M. Nixon.

Under this new law, Washington’s birthday would be celebrated on the third Monday of February. In the 1980s, thanks to advertising campaigns for holiday sales, the term “Presidents’ Day” became popularized and largely accepted. Congress decided to stick with the original name, Washington’s Birthday, as did Massachusetts.

02/09/2021
02/05/2021
Collection Courting in Colonial Days – Beacon Hill Times

💗💙 Thank you Beacon Hill Times for sharing our stories of Prescott’s Passions. Happy Valentines to Susan and William, Mary and Jonas!

News Collection Courting in Colonial Days by Beacon Hill Times Staff • February 4, 2021 • 0 Comments By Katherine Bergholtz With Valentine’s Day approaching, the William Hickling Prescott House at 55 Beacon St. wanted to share some colonial love stories about the Prescott family to warm yo...

01/18/2021

“We must come to see that the end we seek is a society at peace with itself, a society that can live with its conscience.” Martin Luther King Jr.

👒 Did you know, the NSCDA MA has a costume collection of over 7000 pieces dating from the 18th century to the present da...
01/09/2021

👒 Did you know, the NSCDA MA has a costume collection of over 7000 pieces dating from the 18th century to the present day? This darling fan is one of many accessories included in the collection. Select items are rotated for display at Prescott House during tour season.

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12/25/2020

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12/24/2020

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🎁 The NSCDA MA, William Hickling Prescott House, Quincy Homestead and Martin House Farm hope you enjoyed our week of Fun Facts! Today is Day 7! 🌲
In colonial times, there wasn’t a special day for giving gifts, like our Christmas morning of unwrapping presents. Gift giving was done from masters or parents to dependents, such as children, servants, apprentices, and slaves. The dependents didn’t reciprocate with gifts, though.

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12/23/2020

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Christmas Week Fun Facts- Day 6: 🥩🦪Christmas meals would have been fresh meats such as beef, goose, ham and turkey. They would have also had fish, oysters, mincemeat pies and brandied peaches. In the well to do households you would have found wines, brandy, rum punches and other alcoholic beverages. Many of the well to do households used the grocer S.S. Pierce & Co., established in 1831. They were located at the corners of Tremont and Court Streets, eventually moving to Copley Square. The company would hire horse drawn sleighs if roads were closed due to snow. They maintained a corps of salesmen who would phone housewives at appointed times. Not only did they suggest menus, they would answer such arcane questions as how to cook an ostrich egg or how to extract flavor from a vanilla bean.

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12/22/2020

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Christmas Week Fun Facts Day 5 - During the colonial period, only one or two rooms in the home would have been decorated. The church was generally more decorated than the homes. The door would have had decoration, but most in-home Christmas trees didn’t make their debut until the nineteenth century. How much joy the addition of Christmas trees has brought homes each year!

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55 Beacon St
Boston, MA
02108-3531

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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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Really looking forward to touring the William Hickling Prescott House on April 13th.
Really looking forward to touring the William Hickling Prescott House this coming Saturday!!!
Discovered Susannah Amory Prescott ! Wife of William Prescott
We will all miss Cynthia Cadwalader as Prescott House Chair. Thank you for those many years you gave to improving the house, the collections, and the standards by which we operate. It shows!!
My grandparents were caretakers there when my siblings and I were children. We spend many many years in that house! My grandparents lived in the back where there was a small apartment. I can still see it in my mind. I remember going around with my grandfather while he wound the grandfather and grandmother clocks. Mrs. Webster, of Stone and Webster, on a regular basis, entertained there, also had a group of women who would arrive in colonial garb to sew flags. I remember the original Paul Revere bowl sitting in the middle of the enormous table! I remember the powder room, which looked so big to me as a child and when I saw it 15+ years ago it seemed to be much smaller! And the elevator. My brother and I would ride the elevator up and down and call our friends from the phone in the elevator! We were kids from the suburbs who had a tough life so being there with them were the good times in our lives. Going to S.S. Pierce with my grandmother while she shopped for an event; seeing real live reindeer at the Common and the Swan Boats at the Gardens. Such wonderful memories for kids that had a tough life. This place is historical but for us it was a huge part of ours lives and I'm thankful for that. My sister and I take the boat in and walk over there, just standing there remember the good times with wonderful grandparents who brought so much joy to our lives. I will forever remember 55 Beacon St.
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