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October Cemetery Tour Draws 65

On Sunday, October 19, the Weston Historical Society and Golden Ball Tavern co-sponsored a cemetery tour attended by 65 people of all ages.

Cemetery Tour Crowd

After refreshments and tours of the Golden Ball, Pam Fox, president of the society, led the group to Farmers Burying Ground and Central Cemetery.

Pam explaining

She explained why gravestones in the earlier Farmers Burying Ground are oriented east-west...

East west grave markers

so that on the Judgment Day the dead would wake and sit up facing the rising sun.

Winged skull carving

She explained how carvings on the stones changed from winged skulls, popular in the early 18th century...

Cherub carving

...to cherubs...

Urn and willow carving

...to the classical urn and willow tree preferred by the end of the century.

WHAT'S NEW

Party Time Party invitation

Henderson House For Sale

A significant Weston landmark is now on the market. Northeastern University, owner of the magnificent Tudor-style Edward R. Peirce House (also known as Henderson House) has listed the 10-bedroom, 16,463-square-foot mansion for $7,795,000. The hilltop property encompasses 5.62 acres.

The Peirce House is the only remaining Tudor estate house in Weston and one of the most significant of about a dozen remaining estate houses in Weston. It retains a wealth of architectural detail, both inside and out.

The present house is the second to be built on the site, replacing a 1903 mansion of similar style built for Arthur Winship Clapp. Edward Peirce bought the Clapp House in 1908. On New Year's Day, 1925, while Mr. and Mrs. Peirce were in California for the winter, fire destroyed the former Clapp House. It was rebuilt using a similar floorplan and style. Below are photographs of the original 1903 house and the rebuilt 1926-28 version. Notice the similarities and differences.

Clapp House Peirce House

Click here for additional history and images of Henderson House, or navigate to the Henderson House page via the Discover Weston page and clicking on Places.

A Weston Timeline

For the 2013 Tercentennial, the Weston Historical Commission has published A Weston Timeline by Pamela W. Fox, a 46-page color illustrated booklet produced in cooperation with the Weston Historical Society.

To order a copy at a cost of $12 plus $5 shipping and handling, click on Order Form, A Weston Timeline.

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