Archaeological Investigations at the Loring-Greenough House

Author(s): Paul J. Mohler; John Kelley; Katherine Howlett

Year: 2000


In June 1999, Katharine Cipolla of The Jamaica Plain Tuesday Club, Inc. contacted The Center for Cultural and Environmental History at the University of Massachusetts Boston to conduct a survey of the property surrounding The Loring Greenough House in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts. Proposed archaeological investigations were prompted by restoration plans designed to enhance the interpretive program for The Loring-Greenough House and its residents covering almost 240 years. The Loring-Greenough House was built in 1760 by British Commodore Joshua Loring. The house is a certified Massachusetts Historic Landmark because of its connections with the American Revolution and its value as an example of Colonial architecture. The mansion with adjoining carriage house and gardens is the last of the country estates in Jamaica Plain. The property surrounding The Loring-Greenough House appeared to possess high historic archaeological integrity. Given the long cultivation of The Loring-Greenough House, our archaeological investigations provided information about the property's land use history. In addition to the extant structures, the parcel retained evidence of historic landscaping and outbuildings. Archaeological remains increased our knowledge of the 18th-century country estate and 19th-century domestic life and farming practices.

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Archaeological Investigations at the Loring-Greenough House. Paul J. Mohler, John Kelley, Katherine Howlett. Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research Cultural Resource Management Study ,3. 2000 ( tDAR id: 372342) ; doi:10.6067/XCV8WD3XZJ

Spatial Coverage

min long: -71.142; min lat: 42.28 ; max long: -71.071; max lat: 42.324 ;

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Contact(s): Alexandra Rollins

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