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The 1768 Jeremiah Lee Mansion

The Jeremiah Lee Mansion is a magnificent colonial Georgian home built by American craftsmen in 1768 when Lee was the wealthiest merchant and ship owner in Massachusetts. Preserved in its nearly original state, the house stands as a tribute to both colonial America's strong ties to England and its independent commercial success.

Many of the Mansion’s original decorative elements have been preserved, including rare 18th century English hand-painted wallpapers – the only such wall treatments surviving in place. The house is furnished with an outstanding collection of early American furniture, including examples by Boston, Salem and Marblehead cabinet-makers. Decorative arts from the 18th and 19th centuries include ceramics, silver, mirrors, clocks, and textiles.

Guided tours of eighteen furnished rooms on three floors give visitors an overview of the daily life, surroundings, and occupations of Marblehead residents.

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Who was Jeremiah Lee?

Saving the Lee Mansion

 

Lee Mansion Conservation Projects

Window Conservation: An extensive project to conserve the original 18th-century windows of the 1768 Lee Mansion is currently in progress. Original wood in historic buildings generally fares better over time than 20th-century substitutes, showing the importance of preserving rather than replacing historic building elements. Project Funding

Wallpaper Conservation: Conservation and preservation of the original 18th-century English wallpapers that, remarkably, survive in place in the Lee Mansion was accomplished in 2005-6.

Chimney Conservation: The 2009 project included cleaning, patching, repairing and stabilizing the brick chimney.

Paint Analysis: Two front parlors


The Lee Mansion Gardens
Beautiful and historically inspired gardens surround the 1768 Jeremiah Lee Mansion, one of the finest late-colonial Georgian-style houses in America. The gardens have been conscientiously laid out and maintained by The Marblehead Garden Club, a volunteer group, since 1936



The Lee Mansion is located at 161 Washington St., across from the Marblehead Museum Galleries.

Admission: Free to Members
$5 non-members

Open June through October only

Tuesday - Saturday
10 am - 4 pm


Bette Hunt Remembers:
The Jeremiah Lee Mansion

Bette Hunt

Bette Hunt, Marblehead Town Historian
recounts the history of the Historical Society's stewardship of the Lee Mansion. Based on her book, The Marblehead Historical Society, 1898-1998


Featuring the 1768 Jeremiah Lee Mansion!

Houses of the Founding Fathers
By Hugh Howard; Photographs by Roger Straus III

Houses of Our Founding Fathers

"Lavishly illustrated, the book showcases houses both grand and simple, and offers a penetrating look at the private worlds of the men whose ideals ignited an insurrection against England and helped create the American nation.

 

Great Houses of New England
By Roderic H. Blackburn, Photographed by Geoffrey Gross
Great Houses of New England "Great Houses of New England features a stunning array of newly photographed houses that range over four centuries and are distinctive examples of the architecture of the region—from the mid-seventeenth-century New England Colonial Judge Corwin House (Witches House) in Salem, MA., and the eighteenth-century Jeremiah Lee Mansion in Marblehead, MA., to the late-nineteenth-century McKim, Mead & White Shingle-Style Isaac Bell House in Newport, R.I."
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