In an earlier post, we glimpsed the life of a boy, Rodgers Burgin, growing up in Quincy at the very start of the 20th century.
This is the life his future wife, Helen Swain, and her siblings were leading, more or less contemporaneously, in town at 226 Commonwealth Ave., at their grandfather’s house in Exeter, and on the beach in Cohasset.
In no particular order. Memory, I find, skips back and forth anyway…
There are only a few extant photographs of the house in which generations of Farrars were born, raised, lived, and died– and from which, lest we forget, Mercy Hoar Farrar fled the British.
(Note the span of time between these images, visible in the change in height of the white pines out back.)
The Farrar Homestead, from Beneath Old Roof Trees, Chapter 18.
The Farrar Homestead, from the Lincoln town archives
There is also this worthwhile account of the house’s history, written c. 1847:
from Beneath Old Roof Trees, Chapter 18, pp. 215-8
Online version available here and here.
I mentioned in a previous post that the physician and Harvard Medical School professor, Howard T. Swain, maintained – in the time-honored tradition of doctors everywhere prior to say, 1930 or 40 – a true home office.
The downstairs floor of the house at 226 Commonwealth Ave. in Boston’s Back Bay was the location for his large obstetrical, gynecological, and (I infer) pediatric practice. The upstairs floors were for his family, and, as such, held many of my grandmother’s – his daughter, Helen Swain Burgin’s – sweetest memories.
For several years after college, when my grandmother was “at home” (a 19th and early 20th century phrase connoting a sort of existential purgatory for talented but unmarried women), she would accompany her father on his home visits to see patients. Working as his assistant, she and the man she adored would go out from and return to this place each day.
In her elder years, probably the late ’80s, I remember one car trip into Boston during which, at her request, we intentionally drove by the house and live parked in the street, flashers on and blocking traffic, while she looked up at it, one last time, saying nothing.
226 Comm. Ave. – Howard T. Swain, M.D.’s office and home
When I was growing up, my older relatives just called this “Grampy and Grammy’s old house.” Today, it’s regarded as one of the nicer colonial revival houses in Quincy, and it’s been placed on the National Register.
Photo by James L. Woodward
The Clarence Burgin House is a historic house at 95 President’s Lane in Quincy, Massachusetts. The 2-1/2 story wood frame house was built c. 1900 by Clarence Burgin, a bank executive and father of Quincy Mayor Thomas S. Burgin. It is one of the city’s finest examples of a gambrel-roofed Colonial Revival house. Notable features include the gambrel-roof gable dormer above the main entry, and the wraparound porch with multi-columned Greek-style projection.
The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1989.
If you’d like to visit, here it is on Google Maps:
The house in which Judge Peter Zabriskie (Martina Elmendorf’s grandfather) lived with his family was said to be one of the most beautiful in Hackensack.
Built in 1751, and located on the north side of the Green at 50 Main Street, it was known by all as The Mansion House, and served as headquarters for George Washington from November 15-November 20, 1776. I have often wondered what Peggy Zabriskie Elmendorf might have remembered from that period in which her home was transformed into the general’s command post. It must have been something…
A view of Hackensack c.1831: the house was located in the cluster of buildings to the right of the church tower
Upon Peter Zabriskie’s death, the house was probably passed to his daughter and son-in-law, Peggy – Margaret – and John Elmendorf. In 1815, following their deaths, the house was sold to Dr. David Marvin, a physician.
I have often wondered if it would be possible to discover where in Raritan Martina Elmendorf grew up. Now, I think it may be just north of Duvall Park…
From the Somerset County Historical Quarterly, Volume 6, p.197, available online here…
…“The New Jersey branch of the Elmendorfs runs to John, third child of Petrus Edmund and “Molly.” He was bapt. at Kingston Mar. 24, 1749, and m. Margriet (dau. of Peter and Martina [Varick] Zabriskie, of Hackensack, N. J.) Under the will of his uncle, Evert Bogardus, John received land on the road from Kingston to the “Gran Kil.” Evert Bogardus m. Gertrude Crook, and was captain of one, while John was captain of the other of two companies of militia drawn up at the Kingston courthouse when George Clinton was proclaimed Governor July 30, 1777. John Elmendorf appears to have married and removed to New Jersey after the close of the Revolution, residing for a time at Hackensack and settling eventually at Somerville. He inherited the estate which had formerly been owned by Lord Neil Campbell, near the junction of the Raritan and the North Branch. He and his son Edmund were among the organizers of Somerville Academy in 1801. He died July 4, 1812. His wife was b. Jan. 7, 1750, and d. Nov. 24, 1809.”
The Lewis Condict House still stands at 51 South Street, Morristown, NJ 07960. White, with a large and spacious interior, it is home to The Women’s Club of Morristown.
A reddish plaque outside reads: “Dr. Lewis Condict House—1797—Dr. Condict, outstanding public servant, was first president of the Morris County Medical Society, congressman, and first president of the Morris & Essex railroad.” A letter on the wall of the main downstairs hallway is from General Lafayette to Lewis Condict, thanking him for a speech given in his honor.
The website for The Women’s Club is here.
There is also a Facebook page, here.
or get in touch at…
The Woman’s Club of Morristown
51 South Street,
Morristown, NJ 07960, USA
Tel (973) 539-0467
Fax (973) 539-1505
GPS Coordinates and driving directions: