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General Artemas Ward House Museum

General Artemas Ward House Museum

General Artemas Ward House Museum

General Artemas Ward House Musueum   The General Artemas Ward House Museum is in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts but has more than one connection to Cambridge.

Artemas Ward was the General and commander-in-chief of the colony’s militia during the occupation of Cambridge that began shortly after the Battle of Lexington and Concord. By June he was named a Major General and second in command to George Washington who arrived in Cambridge on July 3, 1775.

Ward’s political service included serving as a delegate to the Continental Congress and serving in the Massachusetts House of Representatives from 1779 to 1785. He served as Speaker of the Massachusetts House in 1785 and was later twice elected to the United States Congress.

The house had been built by Ward’s father in 1727 and was home to generations of the Ward family.  For almost two hundred years the property was a working farm and the enormous barn is one of the largest in New England.

In 1925 a wealthy Ward descendant donated the farm to Harvard University. Harvard maintains the house today as a museum.

The Artemas Ward House is a treat – filled with family furnishings and memorabilia and in largely unaltered condition. It’s wonderful to see what deep pockets can do – Harvard, unlike many small historical societies, has the money to maintain a property of this age and size in tip top condition.

The General Artemas Ward House Museum is open Wednesday to Saturday until late November. Check the website for more information about hours.

Admission is free – you can’t beat that! 

More House Museum Mondays

 Count Rumford House

 Emerson House Museum

 

The General Artemas Ward House Museum is located at 786 Main Street, Shrewsbury, Massachusetts 

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