In At Home: Historic Houses of Central and Western Massachusetts, Beth Luey examines the lives and homes of acclaimed poets and writers, slaves who won their freedom, Civil War enlistees, socialites, and leading merchants. Drawing on architectural and genealogical texts, wills, correspondence, and diaries, Luey situates the stories of these notable homes and the people who inhabited them in the context of broader economic, social, and political transformations. Filled with vivid details and fresh perspectives, each chapter is sure to inspire first-time visitors and seasoned travelers alike. All the homes are open to the public.
"If you are looking for a readable guide to everyday life and architecture in central and western Massachusetts, this is your best choice. The work is realistic, thoughtful, detailed, accurate, and always surprising."—Peter Benes, author of For a Short Time Only: Itinerants and the Resurgence of Popular Culture in Early America
"As in a previous book she wrote about historic homes in the eastern part of the commonwealth, Luey, who lives near New Bedford, examines the histories behind several famous homes in this part of the state."—Daily Hampshire Gazette