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Volume IX  Issue 2                                            3rd Quarter 2001              


Beth Pressler  CRS   GRI  LTG

Higbie Maxon Agney, Inc. REALTORS®
83 kercheval
grosse pointe farms, mi 48236

Toll Free 1.888.886.4060

"Within These Walls..."  

A unique partnership between the National Association of REALTORS® (NAR) and the Smithsonian Institution is shared in the exhibition, "Within These Walls..." located in the Natural Museum of American History, Behring Center, in Washington, D.C.    This special exhibition, which opened to the public on May 16, 2001, offers insights into American history.

This exhibition showcases NAR's commitment to educating the public about the history of the American Dream - homeownership.

NAR is co-sponsoring the "Masters of Building Arts" program of the 2001 Smithsonian Folklife Festival as well.

For 200 years, this two-and-a-half story house stood at 16 Elm Street in the center of Ipswich, Massachusetts, 30 miles north of Boston.

When the house was built, it was a fashionable home for a fairly well-to-do family.   A little more than a century later, a busy industrial district had grown up around the house, and it was divided into apartments, mainly for workers at the town's hosiery mill.  Several families moved in and out in the first half of the 20th century.

By the end of 1961, the house stood empty.

Following are the names and occupations of this house's residents which shows how much history a single house can hold in 200 years.

The Abraham Choate Family.  Abraham Choate, miller and maritime merchant, wife Sarah, children Nehemiah, Abraham, Sally, John, Francis, Aaron, Moses were tje 1st family to live in the home in 1757.

The Isaac Dodge Family.  miller and merchant, wife Elizabeth, children Nathaniel, Elizabeth, Rebecca, Priscilla, Sarah, Mary.

Abraham Dodge.  ship captain and merchant, first wife Abigail, second wife Bethiah, children Abigail, Abraham, Rebecca, and Bethiah, servant Chance.

The Josiah Caldwell Family, music teacher, real estate dealer, lumber merchant, and railroad station superintendent, wife Lucy, adopted daughter Margaret.

The Catherine Lynch Family, laundress, daughter Mary, millworker.

The Mary Scott Family, school custodian, so Roy was the last family to live in the home until 1961.

If YOU'RE interested in finding out the history of YOUR home - call Beth.   Higbie Maxon Agney has a wealth of information on most homes in the Grosse Pointes!

Source:   National Association of REALTORS® v




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