The Eells-Stow House is one of the city's oldest and is named after two families that lived there many years.
The property on then-
Eells was a "plant-after." That was someone who came to town between 1640 and 1700, who had to prove he wouldn't be a burden to the community before acquiring the property, said
The nonprofit society owns the house, which is one of three historic buildings at
Eells lived in the house with his wife until she died; it was later inherited by his son, Col.
Eventually, Eells' son sold the property to his brother-in-law,
Stow, a schooner captain, was married to
Stow died in 1777 after weeks of trying to save 200 prisoners of war, brought to the harbor on a British prison ship. They were suffering from smallpox.
Four of Stow's sons were veterans of Revolutionary War.
The historic house was saved from destruction in 1930 by a chapter of the
Damicis said it has seen its share of renovations. For example, the clapboards, sheathing, window frames and sashes were removed, revealing the basic structure of the framing.
Despite its convenient location to downtown, Damicis said not many people know about the house.
"Parents come with their kids and I hear, 'Oh, I had no idea this was here,'" Damicis said.
The house furnishings include a Carver chair, which dates back to the 17th century and guarantees the sitter has a straight back; and a table belonging to Stow's granddaughter, Damicis said.
Other buildings in the historic complex are the 1785 Bryan-Downs House, with the Claude C. Coffin Indian artifact collection, and the 1780 Clark-Stockade House, believed to be the first building constructed outside of the protective town walls, or stockade.
The society asks visitors for a
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