SI Receives Massachusetts Bay Colony House

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Smithsonian receives an entire 17th century Massachusetts Bay Colony house. The four room, two story house was to be re-erected and furnished as an exhibit in the Natural History Building. The gift of Mr. Arthur Greenwood of Marlborough, Mass., the house was contructed in 1678 and framed with hand-sewn oak timbers and decorated on the outside with clapboard. This was to be the first of a new hall of colonial culture to be installed in the northwest second-floor gallery of the Natural History Building. Exhibit date was set for a year from the date of the article, and the house was to be furnished from the Museum's collections. Carpenter ants from the structure subsequently invaded the Museum.


  • Greenwood, Arthur
  • National Museum of Natural History (U.S.)
  • Natural History Building


Chronology of Smithsonian History


  • Torch, April 1955, p. 5
  • Torch, May 1955, p. 5
  • Annual Report of the Smithsonian Institution for the year 1955, p. 16-17

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