Boylston Villa

73 Worcester Road, Princeton, Massachusetts

Built in 1819 as a summer home for Ward Nicholas Boylston (1747-1828), the first American to visit Smyrna, Baalbek, Jerusalem and Cairo. He built the villa on the estate that he had inherited in 1804 from his uncle, the Lieutenant-Governor of Massachusetts, Moses Gill. It was designed by Asher Benjamin, an architect then in the employ of Charles Bulfinch who also built the Asa Waters Mansion in Millbury among others. Improvements were carried out in 1853 when it appeared to still be in the Boylston family. The eight-seater, two-door octagonal outhouse can also still be seen on the property which survives today on 6-acres of land. Ward Boylston was said to have lived here in "princely style" and it was here in 1825 that Gilbert Stuart painted his portrait. 

This house is best associated with...

Ward Nicholas Boylston

Ward (Hallowell) Nicholas Boylston, of Boston & London; Benefactor of Harvard


Alicia Darrow

Mrs "Alice" (Darrow) Boylston



Contributed by Mark Meredith on 26/01/2020 and last updated on 28/01/2020.


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