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Holiday Open House – Groton History Center


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WHAT: Holiday Open House – Groton History Center

WHEN: Sunday, December 11, 2022 from 2:00PM to 4:00PM

WHERE: Governor George S. Boutwell House/Groton History Center, 172 Main Street, Groton, MA 01450

Join in celebrating the holiday spirit with cookies, music, and decorations.

More details to come.

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The Boutwell House is located at 172 Main Street and is home to the Groton History Center. The house was built in 1851 for George S. Boutwell who was Governor of Massachusetts at the time. He and his family were the only occupants of the house and when his daughter Georgianna passed away in 1933 she left the house to the Groton Historical Society.

In 2010, after suffering extensive water damage, the home was renovated, thanks to grants from the Community Preservation Fund and the Massachusetts Cultural Facilities Fund. Renovations included new wiring and plumbing, plaster replacement, a fire suppression system and a new furnace.

The most recent renovations to the interior and exterior of the house were begun in early 2016 and completed November 2016. This included new carpeting throughout most of the house, as well as new paint or wallpaper in most of the rooms and painting of the exterior.

Currently the Boutwell House is used to both display period furniture and decorative arts and showcase special exhibits in the rotating exhibit gallery.

Visit and see:

  • The room and bed that President Grant slept in when he spent the night in Groton on June 16, 1869. The bed is the original 19th century sleigh bed and was used for decades by Georgianna.
  • 19th and 20th century maps of Groton, including a hand painted tercentenary map by Dana Somes made for the Groton Historical Society showing the town center from 1930
  • Governor George Boutwell’s desk and the chair he used as US Senator. This room includes his extensive book collection and the standing desk and stool from the general store on Main Street where he worked with Henry Woods during his early career
  • Massachusetts Tall case clocks
  • The kitchen contains a period piece stove recently restored and an icebox. The sinks are made of soapstone and installed in the early 20th century. At the back of the kitchen is a small pantry with Shaker Baskets, Sieves and Oval Boxes.
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