Reverend Ebenezer Parkman’s Parsonage of 1750 in Historic District Westborough, MA


Parkman parsonage history:



Parkman parsonage photo 2015

Parkman Parsonage Historic District

Westborough’s Historic District, known as the Parkman Parsonage Historic District, was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.

It was officially the third of three boundary extensions to the original West Main Street Historic District which was listed in 1987. This significant and interesting area extends the district to include the cohesive collection of well-preserved historic homes important to the community development of the historic center of Westborough. This particular area is significant for its association with the development of Westborough Center from a rural agricultural village to the commercial, industrial, and civic focus for the town. As the community developed and experienced a large economic change from farming to manufacturing, there was dense development around the town center. The area of the Parkman Parsonage Historic District was definitely part of that aspect of Westborough’s history.

The Parkman Parsonage Historic District includes portions of East Main Street, High Street, Lincoln Street, Milk Street, Prospect and Spring Streets. A plaque at the corner of East Main Street and High Street marks a southeastern boundary of the area. Within its boundaries, there are 75 properties, and all but one of the principal buildings are currently residences. In addition to the historic houses, there are also many historic barns and garages in the area.

The large majority (80 percent) of the buildings were built in the second half of the 19th century, reflecting the rapid development around the bustling town center. The houses in the area were primarily for the business owners, merchants, factory workers, tradesmen, and others in the emerging industrial and manufacturing businesses of Westborough. By the end of the century, most of the lots had been developed and construction slowed.

Based on the architecture, the significance of the area spans the period from 1750 to 1959. There are examples of a wide range of architectural types, from Colonial to Bungalow/Craftsman.

The oldest building, a colonial era dwelling, is the Rev. Ebenezer Parkman Parsonage, for which this district is named. It is the only 18th century structure in the area. Built for Rev. Parkman after the new meetinghouse was erected in 1749, it was located near the meetinghouse on the corner of High Street and East Main Street. The parsonage was built in 1750. Dr. William Curtis moved it to its current location, up the hill to 11 High St., in 1867. The photo shows the Parkman Parsonage today at its present location. Rev. Parkman was the first ordained minister for Westborough, and ministered from 1724 until his death in 1789. He is noted for two published works in his lifetime and a short account of the town. It is recognized that the community prospered under his guidance, and he was truly a significant figure in the history of Westborough.

The Parkman parsonage at 11 High St, Westborough, MA is a single family home that contains 3,313 sq ft and was built in 1750. It contains 8 bedrooms and 2.5 bathrooms. This home last sold for $252,000 in August 1995. The Zestimate for this house is $594,284 in 2017.



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