Historic New England: Pierce House

FREE Pierce House Open House Tour | June 6

pierce house

All thirty-six Historic New England sites offer free tours on Saturday, June 6, as part of our annual Open House. Presented on the first Saturday of each June, Open House is a great way to take a journey through New England's past. Discover architecture, landscapes, and collections that tell the story of life in our region over four centuries. 


When: Saturday, June 6th

1:00PM-5:00PM (last tour at 4:00PM)

Where: Pierce House, Dorchester

24 Oakton Avenue, Dorchester

For more info: visit http://www.historicnewengland.org/historic-properties/homes/pierce-house


The Triple-Decker | May 31

Adams Street Branch and Historic New England presents: The Triple-Decker. A dominant presence in neighborhoods across New England, the triple-decker is the region’s iconic multiple-family housing type. But where did they come from and 
why did we stop building them? In this 
illustrated lecture from 3pm to 4:30pm, Senior Preservation Services Manager Sally Zimmerman  >> Read More

Colonial Days for Kindergartners | August 8, 15 + 22

Don't miss colonial days for Kindergartners! Two hundred and fifty years ago, Elizabeth and Samuel Pierce Jr lived just off Adams Street in a house called the Pierce House (24 Oakton Ave, Dorchester MA). They were farmers that raised animals and grew crops. They lived a very different life than we do today. Learn how they lived during this drop-in museum experience for young learners! Activities include dressing like a colonist, playing games, digging for artifacts, doing crafts and puzzles, weaving and reading. This workshop will take place on August 8, 15 and 22 from 9am to noon. Don't forget that it is free! For more info, call 617-288-6041 or email pierceed@historicnewengland.org

Pierce House Tour | Oct. 27

Historic New England is hosting a tour of the Pierce House on October 27. The tour will go from 1pm to 4pm. Pierce House is one of the last surviving examples of seventeenth-century architecture in the city of Boston. Lived in by ten generations of one family, the house documents the building practices and tastes of the Pierces over three centuries. At different times, family members expanded and adapted their house to meet demands for space, function, comfort, and privacy. Admission is $5 for adults, $4 for seniors, $2.50 for students. Pierce House is located at 24 Oakton Ave in Dorchester. For more info, click HERE.


Pierce House Fall Family Fun Oct. 22

The Pierce House is hosting a Family Fun Day on Saturday, October 22nd. From 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., enjoy crafts, practice spinning and weaving, and press cider! Get a hands-on look at colonial toys, games, and clothing. Discover the history of the Pierce House. There will be tours scheduled every hour.  The event will be $2, free for Historic New England Members. For more information, see attached flyer. Or call 617.288.6041 or visit historicnewengland.org.
The Pierce House is located at 24 Oakton Avenue in Dorchester.

Historic Crafts @ Grove Hall, May 31

The Grove Hall Branch Library presents crafting fun with Historic New England's own Pierce House of Dorchester! Come and learn about Antoinette Louis Pierce and partake in historic pastimes of children in the Colonial and Victorian Ages like pressing flowers and planting seeds. Make your own pressed flowers to take home! Registration is required; call 617-427-3337 or see Ms. Maija, Children's Librarian at Grove Hall, for details. Children 6 to 12 welcome. All sessions take place at the Grove Hall Branch of the Boston Public Library, 41 Geneva Avenue, Dorchester, MA. 

Thursday, May 12: Pressed Flowers @ 4 p.m.
Wednesday, May 25: Big Red Barn @ 10:30 a.m.
Tuesday, May 31: Scrapbooking @ 4 p.m.

Historic New England: Pierce House


(617) 288-6041

Hours of operation (or meeting times & dates): 

Open May 16, 2-4pm and October 24, 1-4pm. Tours on the hour, last tour at 3pm


The 1683 Pierce House is a rare known surviving example in the Boston area of a seventeenth century or First Period house. It documents period building practices, and the tastes and housing needs of one family, the Pierces, over more than three centuries. At different times, family members expanded and adapted their dwelling to meet new demands for space, function, comfort, privacy, and cleanliness.


Pierce House Museum
24 Oakton Avenue
Dorchester, MA 02122
United States
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