List of the oldest buildings in Massachusetts
This article attempts to list the oldest extant buildings in the state of Massachusetts in the United States of America, including the oldest houses in Massachusetts and any other surviving structures. Some dates are approximate and based upon dendrochronology, architectural studies, and historical records. Sites on the list are generally from the First Period of American architecture or earlier. Only houses predominantly built prior to 1700 are suitable for inclusion on this list or the building must be the oldest of its type.
The town of Ipswich has the largest number of First Period houses; at least 57 still exist. Here is more information on Ipswich's First Period houses: http://www.historicipswich.org/1st-period-houses/
|Fairbanks House||Dedham, Massachusetts||1637 c.||Oldest wood-frame house in America, dated using dendrochronology, and the oldest house in Massachusetts.|
|Richard Sparrow House||Plymouth, Massachusetts||1640 c.||The Richard Sparrow House is a historic house at 42 Summer Street in Plymouth, Massachusetts and the oldest surviving house in Plymouth.|
|Wing Fort House||East Sandwich, Massachusetts||1641||The oldest home in New England continuously owned by the same family; now a museum.|
|Hatch Homestead||Marshfield, Massachusetts||1647 c.||Purportedly the oldest continuously occupied house in Massachusetts.|
|General Israel Putnam House||Danvers, Massachusetts||1648|
|James Noyes House||Newbury, Massachusetts||1646|
|Newman-Fiske-Dodge House||Wenham, Massachusetts||1658|
|James Blake House||Dorchester, Massachusetts||1661||Oldest house in Boston (dendrochronology in 2007 determined the actual construction date [dorchesterhistoricalsociety.org])|
|Pickering House||Salem, Massachusetts||1664||Oldest house in Salem still being lived in. It is located at 18 Broad Street in the Chestnut Street District.|
|Pickman House||Salem, Massachusetts||1664||Located on Charter Street behind the Peabody Essex Museum, the oldest continually operated museum in America. The house abuts the Witch Memorial is also next to the second oldest burying ground in America.|
|Gedney House||Salem, Massachusetts||1665|
|Jabez Howland House||Plymouth, Massachusetts||1667||Only extant house in Plymouth occupied by Pilgrims. John Howland and his wife, Elizabeth Tilley Howland, who both came over on the Mayflower, spent their winters here with their son, Jabez, one of their 10 children. Also a National Historic Landmark.|
|House of the Seven Gables||Salem, Massachusetts||1668||National Historic Landmark, setting of the Nathaniel Hawthorne novel.|
|Swett-Ilsley House||Newbury, Massachusetts||1670|
|Judge Samuel Holten House||Danvers, Massachusetts||1670|
|The Witch House||Salem, Massachusetts||1675||Also called the Jonathan Corwin House, this was the home of Judge Jonathan Corwin  and is the only structure still standing in Salem, Massachusetts with direct ties to the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. The house is now a museum operated by the City of Salem, and is open seasonally.|
|Hoxie House||Sandwich, Massachusetts||1675 c.||One of the oldest houses on Cape Cod.|
|Narbonne House||Salem, Massachusetts||1675||On the Waterfront in Salem at the Salem Maritime National Historic Site and owned by the National Park Service.|
|Deane Winthrop House||Winthrop, Massachusetts||1675||Dated by dendrochronology to 1675, with an addition of 1695. Currently it is owned by the Winthrop Improvement and Historical Association. This building is one of the oldest wood frame houses in the country and it is the oldest continuously lived-in home. Located at 40 Shirley Street, the Deane Winthrop House is a registered National Historic Site.|
|John Whipple House||Ipswich, Massachusetts||1677||National Historic Landmark.|
|Peter Tufts House||Medford, Massachusetts||1677–8 c.||Possibly the oldest brick house in the United States.|
|Coffin House||Newbury, Massachusetts||1678||One of the oldest extant examples of the principal rafter/common purlin roof.|
|John Balch House||Beverly, Massachusetts||1679 c.|
|Paul Revere House||Boston, Massachusetts||1680 c.||Oldest building in downtown Boston.|
|John Adams Birthplace||Quincy, Massachusetts||1681||Oldest existing building within which a future President of the United States was born (John Adams, October 30, 1735)|
|Old Ship Church||Hingham, Massachusetts||1681||Oldest church building in Massachusetts; only remaining Puritan 17th century meetinghouse in America; oldest church in continuous ecclesiastical use in America.|
|Ironmaster's House||Saugus, Massachusetts||1681||Also known as the Appleton House.|
|Cooper-Frost-Austin House||Cambridge, Massachusetts||1682||Oldest house in Cambridge, verified using dendrochronology.|
|Parson Capen House||Topsfield, Massachusetts||1683||Oldest house in Topsfield.|
|Pierce House (Dorchester, Massachusetts)||Dorchester, Massachusetts||1683||One of the oldest houses in Boston.|
|John Ward House||Salem, Massachusetts||1684||This house is a National Historic Landmark at 132 Essex Street in Salem, Massachusetts in the Downtown Salem District; it was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1968.|
|Quincy Homestead||Quincy, Massachusetts||1686||Home to four generations of Quincys, including Dorothy Quincy Hancock. Maintained by Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Conservation and Recreation as well as the National Society of Colonial Dames in America in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts.|
|Jethro Coffin House||Nantucket, Massachusetts||1686||Oldest house on Nantucket Island.|
|William Murray House||Salem, Massachusetts||1688||A historic house at 39 Essex Street|
|Claflin-Richards House||Wenham, Massachusetts||1690||Constructed with ogee braces, an architectural hallmark of 16th- and 17th-century English dwellings.|
|Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm||Newbury, Massachusetts||1690 or earlier||One of the oldest stone buildings in New England.|
|Old Jail||Barnstable, Massachusetts||1690||Oldest wooden prison in America.|
|Boardman House||Saugus, Massachusetts||1692||Formerly known as the Scotch Boardman House. Also known as the Bennet-Boardman House.|
|Kimball Tavern||Haverhill, Massachusetts||1692||The Kimball Tavern is among the oldest buildings in Massachusetts, and one of the oldest buildings in the city of Haverhill. A plaque identifies it as the site of the founding of Bradford College in 1802.|
|Stanley Lake House||Topsfield, Massachusetts||1693||Stanley Lake House, built in 1693, is a historic house at 95 River Road in Topsfield, Massachusetts. It was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.|
|Browne House||Watertown, Massachusetts||1694||Oldest house in Watertown.|
|Parker Tavern||Reading, Massachusetts||1694||The saltbox tavern was built in 1694 by Abraham Bryant, a farmer and blacksmith. During the American Revolution, Ephraim Parker acquired the house and operated a tavern on the premises. Parker allowed Scottish prisoners of war to be housed in the tavern. The town of Reading acquired the building in 1914. In 1923 Reading Antiquarian Society purchased the building from the town for a nominal price and has maintained and operated the museum without public funding. The building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1975. It is currently operated by the Reading Antiquarian Society.|
|Hart House||Lynnfield, Massachusetts||1695 c.|
|Isaac Goodale House||Built in Salem, Massachusetts; moved to Ipswich, MA in 1928.||1695 c.||Date from architectural survey, available on Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System website.|
|Dwight-Derby House||Medfield, Massachusetts||1697|
|Isaac Winslow House||Marshfield, Massachusetts||1699||Residence of a governor of the Plymouth Colony; now a museum.|
|John Alden House||Duxbury, Massachusetts||ca. 1700||A National Historic Landmark, dating to ca. 1700 .|
|Rebecca Nurse Homestead||Danvers, Massachusetts||ca. 1700||This house was built around ca. 1700.|
|John Humphreys House||Swampscott, Massachusetts||1700 c.|
|Old Powder House||Somerville, Massachusetts||1704||Oldest stone building in Massachusetts|
|St. Michael's Church (Marblehead, Massachusetts)||Marblehead, Massachusetts||1714||Oldest Episcopal parish church building on its original site in New England.|
|Boston Light||Boston||1716 / 1783||First lighthouse established in the USA, 1716. The current tower, built in 1783, is the second oldest existing lighthouse in the USA (after Sandy Hook Light, New Jersey).|
|Josiah Day House||West Springfield||1754||Oldest known brick salt-box style home in the United States.|
- List of historic houses in Massachusetts
- Oldest buildings in the United States
- First Period houses in Ipswich http://www.historicipswich.org/1st-period-houses/
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