Prince Osborne House

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Prince Osborne House
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Prince Osborne House
Prince Osborne House is located in Massachusetts
Prince Osborne House
Prince Osborne House is located in the United States
Prince Osborne House
LocationDanvers, Massachusetts
Coordinates42°34′25″N 70°57′15″W / 42.57361°N 70.95417°W / 42.57361; -70.95417Coordinates: 42°34′25″N 70°57′15″W / 42.57361°N 70.95417°W / 42.57361; -70.95417
Architectural styleColonial, Other
MPSFirst Period Buildings of Eastern Massachusetts TR
NRHP reference #90000203 [1]
Added to NRHPMarch 9, 1990

The Prince Osborne House is a historic First Period house at 273 Maple Street in Danvers, Massachusetts. It is a 2-1/2 story wood frame structure, five bays wide, with a side gable roof and clapboard siding. Door and window trim is very simple, and there is a slight overhang of the second floor over the first. The house appears to have been formed out of two separate structures, that were, based on stylistic analysis, joined in about 1720. The left side of the house was probably built sometime between 1690 and 1700, but may be even older. In an unusual twist to this type of joinery, the older portion's chimney was taken down and a new one was apparently built in the framing of the newer section. The interior exhibits primarily later Federal period woodwork, but there are some examples of c. 1720 paneling.[2]

The house was moved to its present location in 1915. Its original location was on a farm owned by Robert Prince, who left the property to his wife Sarah in trust for their children. Sarah remarried, to Alexander Osborne, an indentured servant, and died in prison in 1692 while awaiting trial as a witch during the Salem witch hysteria. The Princes and Osbornes fought a legal battle over the estate, complicating the dating of the house. The older portion of the house appears to have been standing by 1696, when mention is made of it in a partial settlement of the dispute.[2]

The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.[1]

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  1. ^ a b "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2008-04-15.
  2. ^ a b "NRHP nomination for Prince Osborne House". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Retrieved 2015-07-01.