Claflin–Richards House

The Claflin–Richards House, also known as the Claflin–Gerrish–Richards House, is a historic First Period house located at 132 Main Street, Wenham, Massachusetts. It is now part of the nonprofit Wenham Museum and may be toured by appointment (regular tour hours are Tuesday–Friday at 11:00am and 2:00pm and Saturday & Sunday at 11:30am, 1:30pm and 2:30pm).

Claflin–Richards House
Front view
Claflin–Richards House is located in Massachusetts
Claflin–Richards House
Claflin–Richards House is located in the United States
Claflin–Richards House
Location132 Main St
Wenham, Massachusetts
Part ofWenham Historic District (ID73000852[1])
NRHP reference No.73000853[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHPApril 3, 1973
Designated CPApril 3, 1973
Wenham Museum and Claflin–Richards House
Rear side view.

The Claflin–Richards House was constructed circa 1690 with ogee braces, an architectural hallmark of 16th- and 17th-century English dwellings. Today it contains three centuries of architecture, furnishings, and artifacts, representing a First Period dwelling room, a late 17th-century minister's parlor, a circa 1750 bed chamber, and a Victorian-era chamber. Furnishings include a woolen bed-rug made in 1724, said to be the second oldest such rug in the United States, and an oak dresser built in 1752.[2] It was purchased by the Wenham Historic Society in 1921.[3]

The house was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973,[1] and included in the Wenham Historic District in that year.[3]

See also



  1. ^ a b c "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. April 15, 2008.
  2. ^ "Claflin–Gerrish–Richards House". Wenham Museum. Archived from the original on July 13, 2014. Retrieved January 11, 2014.
  3. ^ a b "MACRIS inventory record for Claflin–Richards House". Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Archived from the original on October 8, 2019. Retrieved January 11, 2014.

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