With its abundant history of prominent families, Massachusetts boasts some of the most historically rich residences in the country. In the eastern half of the Commonwealth, these include Presidents John and John Quincy Adams’s home in Quincy, Bronson and Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House in Concord, the Charles Bulfinch—designed Harrison Gray Otis House in Boston, and Edward Gorey’s Elephant House in Yarmouth Port. In At Home: Historic Houses of Eastern Massachusetts, Beth Luey uses architectural and genealogical texts, wills, correspondences, and diaries to craft delightful narratives of these notable abodes and the people who variously built, acquired, or renovated them. Filled with vivid details and fresh perspectives that will surprise even the most knowledgeable aficionados, each chapter is short enough to serve as an introduction for a visit to its house. All the homes are open to the public.
"Impeccably researched and brilliantly written, At Home reintroduces us to old characters with new ideas when we least expect them."—Peter Benes, author of For a Short Time Only: Itinerants and the Resurgence of Popular Culture in Early America
"The spirit of interacting with the past as an active and ongoing energy certainly guides [these] chronicles of nine houses . . . Each piece is its own little biography, not just of the house, but of the lives that took place there."—Boston Globe
"Put[ting] her knowledge of both writing and history to work in At Home . . . Luey also writes in depth about the families and people who called these historic houses 'home.'"—Daily Hampshire Gazette