Jackson Homestead and Museum, Newton

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#172 of 174 in Museums in Massachusetts
The Jackson Homestead, located at 527 Washington Street, in the village of Newton Corner, in Newton, Massachusetts, is an historic house that served as a station on the Underground Railroad before the Civil War.It was built in 1809 in the Federal style by Timothy Jackson (1756–1814) on his family's farm. His son William Jackson (1763–1855) lived in it from 1820 until his death. William Jackson was an abolitionist and was active in politics on the local, state and national levels and served in the United States Congress from 1833 to 1837. The home was occupied by his family until 1932 when it was rented out. In 1949 it was given to the city of Newton and in 1950 the Newton History Museum was established there.History of the HomesteadEdward JacksonEdward Jackson was born in 1602, in the East End of London. Like his father, he was a nailmaker, and amassed a small fortune so that shortly after his arrival in New England, around 1642, he was able to purchase a house with several acres of land on Newton Corner. He would eventually become the largest landowner in Newton. His wife, Frances, died shortly after his arrival; little is known but for the fact that she produced a son, Sebas, who is believed to have been born over the Atlantic Ocean because his name is a contraction of the words sea born. There are no records of Sebas's older siblings, although they did exist; they are not identified and only Sebas is mentioned in Edward's will.
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  • In addition to seeing a remarkably kept historical house with period furnishings, the museum displays,which change on a regular basis are excellent. One of the permanent exhibits which is really impor...  more »
  • Never tire of seeing one of the oldest history-laden dwellings in Newton, especially one this well maintained.  more »
  • Really nice place Eye opening to the history of the area. Must see to understand the Underground Railroad. Great collection of maps toys tools and more. You can spend 40 minutes or 2 hours. In summer ...  more »

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