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Jan 25, 2017

Shaker Glen House

168 Lexington Street
Woburn, Mass.
Take exit 34 off Route 128

This old farmhouse was built and originally occupied by Captain Joseph Gardner in the early part of the 19th century.  After four years of labor-one year on the foundation alone, the house was completed (1804) built entirely from timber grown on the property.  The old shed, now the dining room, is part of the original structure.  The mural in the reception room, found under layers of wallpaper, are the well preserved paintings of Rufus Porter made before he became famous as an inventor and publicist.  These are some of the most complete and important so far discovered.  It I said he earned his board and room while attending college by painting murals on the walls of early America homes.

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