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Gough, John B., House

Boylston, Massachusetts
County of Worcester.
National Register Number: 74001763
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling.
Congressional District: MA-3 Certified Local Government: NO

Statement of Significance (as of designation - May 30, 1974):
Gough, a reformed alcoholic dubbed "The Apostle of Cold Water," was a famed temperance orator in the1850s. He had signed a pledge of total abstinence in 1842, and for the next 44 years he captivated audiences here and abroad with his impassioned and sometimes humorous appeals for sobriety. He lived in this two-story frame house from 1848 to 1886.

The building, neglected for over 25 years, suffers from widespread damage from water, lack of heat, and lack of maintenance. It has been owned by the town of Boylston since 1997, and is leased to the non profit group, Hillside Restoration,Project, which hopes to repair it and open it to the public.

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