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Thursday, March 23, 2017

New Discoveries at Historic New England’s Quincy House

Quincy House entrance hall after reinstallation. Only about half of the family’s original furnishings remain at the house. Other pieces are from Historic New England’s collections. We were able to reproduce the wallpaper and floor covering with help from private donations and the City of Quincy’s Community Preservation Act Grants. Photography Timothy R. Tiebout. Quincy House entrance hall after reinstallation. Only about half of the family’s original furnishings remain at the house. Other pieces are from Historic New England’s collections. We were able to reproduce the wallpaper and floor covering with help from private donations and the City of Quincy’s Community Preservation Act Grants. Photography Timothy R. Tiebout.

During the last three years Historic New England has transformed the Quincy House, in Quincy, Massachusetts, to reflect the period around 1880, when three elderly sisters resided in the historic house. They were the last family members to live at the property before their heirs sold the house and divided up the estate for development. We chose to return the house to that period because one of the sisters, Eliza Susan Quincy, documented the furnishings in a memorandum written in 1879 and had the first floor photographed.

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