John Balch house, Beverly MA

Beverly historic houses

The area of the Massachusetts that is now the town of Beverly was settled in 1626 by Roger Conant. Originally part of Salem and the Naumkeag Territory, Beverly was set off in 1668, and incorporated as a city in 1894. This page displays the First Period, Georgian, and early Federal houses of Beverly, Massachusetts. The images were provided by the Beverly Assessors site and the Beverly Historical Commission. Text is from surveys in the 1980’s, and are online through the Massachusetts Historical Commission site (MACRIS). Construction dates may not be reliable. Photos are displayed alphabetically in order of street name, and some house numbers may have changed.

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BEV.30, Gage, Capt. William House, 13-15 Bartlett St, r 1730
BEV.30, Gage, Capt. William House, 13-15 Bartlett St, r 1730
Thompson, Jacob House, 19 Bartlett St, c 1775
BEV.32, Thompson, Jacob House, 19 Bartlett St, c 1775

Jacob Thompson of Marblehead married Sarah Gage who was born in the house next door Sept. 20, 1770 and built the house at 19 Bartlett St. soon after. He served in Capt. Moses Brownsn1 seacoast company under General John Glover in 1775 and was a seaman aboard the privateer ship RESOURCE under Capt. Richard Ober and Capt. Israel Thorndike serving throughout the Revolutionary War with honor. Later the house was the home of Samuel Endicott, a direct descendant of Governor John Endicott, and a shipmaster in the China trade. The next owner from 1846-1885 was John Lovett Gallup who commanded the brig Reaper and the brig Vintage.

Leech, Capt. Nathan House, 49-51 Bartlett St, 1764
BEV.16, Leech, Capt. Nathan House, 49-51 Bartlett St, 1764

Captain Nathan Leech bought the land for the erection of his “mansion house” in 1764 to overlook his wharf and trading vessels. He was a large shipowner and master of his own vessels before the Revolutionary War. He served as a selectman for the Town of Beverly and was a member of the Committee of Inspection, Correspondence and Safety in 1775 and served as a Captain in the Militia 1777-78. In 1782 he served on the Maritime Court in Salem and was involved in the disposition of captured vessels.

 Smith, John House, 10 Bennett St, 1789
BEV.181, Smith, John House, 10 Bennett St, 1789. No information is available.
Wallis, Lt. John House, 28 Bow St, Beverly, 1767
BEV.105, Wallis, Lt. John House, 28 Bow St, 1767

Lt. John Wallis was given the the land upon which this house was built in 1767. He had married in 1754 and was expecting his fifth child so we can assume that he built this house the same year. In Sept. of 1775 he was a member of Capt. Moses Brown’s Seacoast Company and served with General John Glover until Aug 1777, when he joined Col. Samuel Johnson’s Company and travelled to Scarsdale, N.Y. He later signed on with the privateers and in 1780 is listed as “long missing if alive”. He did not return, his probate was registered in 1786 and this house was divided amongst his family. About I851 the house was moved down the street to its current location.

Smith, Jonathan House, 106 Cabot St, Beverly MA, 1771
BEV.28, Smith, Jonathan House, 106 Cabot St, 1771

Jonathan Smith, mariner, bought this land in 1769 and in his probate Sept. 7, 1773 is a bill “for finishing the house and building a barn.” In 1797, the heirs sold the house to Daniel Brimmer “a native of Scotland who came over with General Prazier to “fight the Rebels for King George.” He married Rebecca Groves in Hamilton May 29,1782 and died July 29, 1824 aged 70 years”. Dr. Augustus Torrey, a grandson of Rev. Manasseh Cutler of Hamilton purchased the house in 1840 and lived here until his death in 1880.

Smith, Hazadiah House, 337 Cabot St, 1686, Beverly MA
BEV.184, Smith, Hazadiah House, 337 Cabot St, 1686

The Hazadiah Smith House is a historic First Period house in Beverly, Massachusetts. The 2.5-story wood-frame house was built c. 1686, probably by Hazadiah Smith, whose profession is frequently listed in contemporary records as a builder or housewright. It is possible that he was responsible for a number of surviving First Period houses that survive in Beverly. This particular house, which he is believed to have lived in, was built with a two cell center chimney plan, and then extended to the rear at a later date, replacing the roof and leaving the chimney protruding from the front roof slope.[2] The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990

Balch, John House, 448 Cabot St, 1679 Beverly MA
BEV.185, Balch, John House, 448 Cabot St, 1679

John Balch gained title to the land on November 11, 1635, through the “Thousand Acre Grant” and apparently was living on this property by 1636. This was the date assigned to the house by the Beverly Historic Society. Architectural historians, including Abbott Lowell Cummings, the leading expert on early New England architecture, were only sure that the Balch House was a seventeenth-century house. In 2006, dendrochronological analysis dated the earliest portion (the right-hand side) to 1679. The southern portion of the house was built in 1721.[1].

The house remained within the Balch family until 1916, though with periods of tenant rental. It was then acquired by the Balch Family Association.[2] They hired Norman Isham, a popular preservation architect, to evaluate the house. After finding original rafters in the attic, he recommended that the back lean-to be ripped off and the southern half of the house be dismantled. This plan was eventually modified to expose and recreate the roofline of the original story and a half structure. Thus today’s house has been heavily shaped by intentional restoration. In 1932, the home was turned over to the Beverly Historical Society (now Historic Beverly),[3] which maintains and operates it today. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_Balch_House

 Herrick, Col. Henry House, 454 Cabot St, 1717, Beverly MA
BEV.270, Herrick, Col. Henry House, 454 Cabot St, 1717

The house at 454 Cabot St. was the home of Colonel Henry Herrick, who died there in 1780. Colonel Herrick was chosen by the town, 17 September 1768, as a delegate in convention at Boston to, “consult and advise on the state of the province.” Colonel Herrick served the town as an “active agent” in all the first revolutionary movements, and for many years represented the town in the General Court.

Conant, Lot House, 457 Cabot St., Beverly MA r 1775
BEV.462, Conant, Lot House, 457 Cabot St, r 1775

This gambrel-roofed Colonial style house stands close to the intersection of Balch and Cabot. Early settlement in Beverly was centered in the area near this house, east of the Bass
River where five 200 acre grants were given by Salem to the “Old Planters,“ Salem’s first settlers, formerly members of the Cape Ann plantation. The early history of this building remains obscure. Beverly Carlman postulated that this might be Lot Conant’s house, but this is questionable.

EV.262, Fluant, John House, 27 Conant St, Beverly MA, 1760
BEV.262, Fluant, John House, 27 Conant St, 1760

The oldest part of the house at 27 Conant Street in Beverly, was built about 1760. The rooms on the first and second floors to the east of the present front door appear to be the oldest. John Fluant was born in 1703, married Mary Baker in 1726, and died in 1763.. The following year (1764) his widow sold the property to their son, Ezra, who married Jerusha Porter.

Dodge, Joshua – Hitchcock, Enos House, 53 Conant St, Beverly MA r 1730
BEV.468, Dodge, Joshua – Hitchcock, Enos House, 53 Conant St, r 1730

The house at 53 Conant St. was built between 1727 and 1734 by Joshua Dodge, who sold it to Rev. Enos Hitchcock in 1772.

54 Dodge St, 1715, Beverly MA
BEV.268, 54 Dodge St, 1715

The house at 54 Dodge St. was erected between 1715-24 by Nehemiah Wood, Cordwainer, and was later occupied by Nathaniel Greenwood, Sailmaker (1778-1805). Nehemiah Wood was one of the original signers of a covenant that was the basis of the organization of the Church of the second Parish, now the Second Congregational Church.

 Scruggs, Thomas – Raymond, John House, 62-64 Dodge St, c 1680, Beverly MA
BEV.471, Scruggs, Thomas – Raymond, John House, 62-64 Dodge St, c 1680

William Trask, who was one of the five “Old Planters” granted farms by Salem in 1635, sold his 200 acres to Thomas Scruggs. Scruggs built a house on the northern side of Dodge Street in about this position, east of the Conant Street intersection. Scruggs’ house and estate passed to his son-in-law John Rayment in 1654. The Scruggs house or one built in the next generation of occupants is said by several Beverly historians to be the eastern end of this house

Balch, Dea. Samuel House, 110 Dodge St, c 1685
BEV.474, Balch, Dea. Samuel House, 110 Dodge St, c 1685

It is said the house at 110 Dodge St. was built by Deacon Samuel Balch in 1685.  Samuel Balch was a grandson of John Balch, the “Old Planter” whose house stands on the corner of Balch and Cabot Streets, and a son of John’s younger son Benjamin. The house has a double pile plan and brick ovens, and probably attained its current appearance after the middle of the 18th Century. Nathaniel Ham, a farmer, lived in the house from 1852 until his death about 1880, succeeded in the house by his widow.

Woodberry, Peter House, 82 Dodge St, c 1696
BEV.261, Woodberry, Peter House, 82 Dodge St, c 1696
Balch, Lt. John House, 109 Dodge St, 1688
BEV.267, Balch, Lt. John House, 109 Dodge St, 1688
Beverly Grammar School, 50 Essex St, c 1716
BEV.445, Beverly Grammar School, 50 Essex St, c 1716
Woodberry, William House, 111 Essex St, r 1680
BEV.85, Woodberry, William House, 111 Essex St, r 1680
Cleaves, William House, 252 Essex St, 1675
BEV.87, Cleaves, William House, 252 Essex St, 1675
Livermore, William House, 271 Essex St, c 1700
BEV.195, Livermore, William House, 271 Essex St, c 1700
Stone, Nathaniel House, 540 Essex St, c 1686
BEV.64, Stone, Nathaniel House, 540 Essex St, c 1686
Briscoe, Capt. Robert Warehouse, 1 Front St, 1701
BEV.1, Briscoe, Capt. Robert Warehouse, 1 Front St, 1701
tone, Capt. Zachariah Inn, 8-10 1/2 Front St, c 1750 Beverly MA
BEV.2, Stone, Capt. Zachariah Inn, 8-10 1/2 Front St, c 1750
Wallis, Maj. Israel House, 16 Front St, 1854
BEV.3, Wallis, Maj. Israel House, 16 Front St, 1854
Dixey Tavern, 18-20 Front St, c 1770
BEV.4, Dixey Tavern, 18-20 Front St, c 1770
Prince, Joanna Batchelder House, 21 Front St, c 1770 Beverly MA
BEV.5, Prince, Joanna Batchelder House, 21 Front St, c 1770
 Batcheldar, Capt. Josiah Jr. House, 22 Front St, c 1765
BEV.13, Batcheldar, Capt. Josiah Jr. House, 22 Front St, c 1765
Giles, Capt. Edmund House, 26 Front St, c 1764
BEV.6, Giles, Capt. Edmund House, 26 Front St, c 1764
Morgan, Capt. William House, 36 Front St, c 1779
BEV.7, Morgan, Capt. William House, 36 Front St, c 1779
Capt. Thomas House, 38 Front St, 1789
BEV.8, Bridges, Capt. Thomas House, 38 Front St, 1789
Herrick House, 41 Front St, c 1791
BEV.11, Herrick House, 41 Front St, c 1791
West Farms School, 43 Front St, 1778
BEV.65, West Farms School, 43 Front St, 1778
Hill, Hugh House, 49-51 Front St, 1789
BEV.9, Hill, Hugh House, 49-51 Front St, 1789
Historic house in Beverly MA
BEV.66, Thorndike, Col. Larkin House, 16-18 Hale St, 1764
Hale, Rev. John House, 39 Hale St, 1694, Beverly MA
BEV.108, Hale, Rev. John House, 39 Hale St, 1694
Ober, Ezra House, 90 Hale St, 1772
BEV.198, Ober, Ezra House, 90 Hale St, 1772
145 Hale St, r 1770
BEV.1022, 145 Hale St, r 1770
156 Hale St., Beverly MA
156 Hale St.
Thorndike, John Jr. House, 182 Hale St, c 1723
BEV.785, Thorndike, John Jr. House, 182 Hale St, c 1723
Thorndike, Capt. John House, 184 Hale St, 1702
BEV.202, Thorndike, Capt. John House, 184 Hale St, 1702
Thorndike, Paul Jr. House, 188 Hale St, c 1723
BEV.789, Thorndike, Paul Jr. House, 188 Hale St, c 1723
Thorndike, Robert House, 238 Hale St, c 1722
BEV.200, Thorndike, Robert House, 238 Hale St, c 1722
Patch, John House, 245 Hale St, c 1694
BEV.199, Patch, John House, 245 Hale St, c 1694
Patch, Priscilla House, 269 Hale St, 1734
BEV.201, Patch, Priscilla House, 269 Hale St, 1734
Thissel, Jeffrey House, 574 Hale St, c 1668
BEV.219, Thissel, Jeffrey House, 574 Hale St, c 1668
Pride, Peter House, 584 Hale St, c 1723
BEV.218, Pride, Peter House, 584 Hale St, c 1723
Haskell, William House, 680 Hale St, c 1688
BEV.495, Haskell, William House, 680 Hale St, c 1688
Woodberry, Robert House, 824 Hale St, r 1700
BEV.499, Woodberry, Robert House, 824 Hale St, r 1700
Morse, John House, 1012 Hale St, r 1740
BEV.501, Morse, John House, 1012 Hale St, r 1740
Green, Israel House, 4 Harris St, c 1753
BEV.460, Green, Israel House, 4 Harris St, c 1753
Miller, Polly House, 107 Hart St, 1725
BEV.720, Miller, Polly House, 107 Hart St, 1725
Williams, David House, 125 Hart St, 1768, Beverly MA
BEV.232, Williams, David House, 125 Hart St, 1768

The original center section of this building was erected in 1768 for David Williams, Mariner. Later additions were made over the years, i.e. gothic gables on front facade and addition to rear.

Hull, Isaac Jr. House, 15 Hull St, 1706
BEV.67, Hull, Isaac Jr. House, 15 Hull St, 1706
 Corning, Samuel House, 87 Hull St, c 1700
BEV.444, Corning, Samuel House, 87 Hull St, c 1700

This five-bay house with a central chimney that was apparently built in stages. The first portion, to the right of the chimney, was built c. 1700 as a typical First Period two story single cell structure. Around 1720 the left side was built, and a lean-to section was added to the back at a somewhat later date. The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1990.[1]

Raymond, George House, 48 New Balch St, 1764, Historic house in Beverly MA
BEV.258, Raymond, George House, 48 New Balch St, 1764

The house seems to have been built as a half house with saltbox roof in 1764 when George Raymond sold his previous dwelling and built upon land left to him by his father.

Woodberry, Hugh House, 48 Ober St, 1734
BEV.204, Woodberry, Hugh House, 48 Ober St, 1734
Woodberry, William House, 52 Ober St, c 1723
BEV.210, Woodberry, William House, 52 Ober St, c 1723
Foster, Sgt. Joseph House, 15 Railroad Ave, 1772
BEV.68, Foster, Sgt. Joseph House, 15 Railroad Ave, 1772
Tuck, John House, 7 Silver Ct, 1723
BEV.1093, Tuck, John House, 7 Silver Ct, 1723
 Patch, Robert House, 1 Standley St, 1738, Beverly MA
BEV.254, Patch, Robert House, 1 Standley St, 1738
Standley, George H. House, 122 Standley St, c 1670
BEV.1096, Standley, George H. House, 122 Standley St, c 1670
 Herrick Tavern, 56 Water St, c 1750
BEV.394, Herrick Tavern, 56 Water St, c 1750
Wallis, Nathaniel House, 1 Woodbury St, c 1734, Beverly MA
BEV.527, Wallis, Nathaniel House, 1 Woodbury St, c 1734

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