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Capen, Parson, House

Topsfield, Massachusetts
County of Essex.
Howlett Street
National Register Number: 66000139
Resource type: Building.
Property type: Domestic - single dwelling. The threat level was Satisfactory in
Certified Local Government: NO
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Current use/information: House Museum.

Statement of Significance (as of designation - October 9, 1960):
The is one of the best preserved large 17th century frame English Colonial dwellings in the U.S. Gable-roofed, with an oak frame rising two stories and a clapboard exterior, it has the date June 18, 1683, carved on a second-story beam. Parson Joseph Capen was called to the pastorate at Topsfield in 1681 and the age of 23.

There are no reported threats to the landmark.

Professional Survey, 1999, supported by Essex Natl Heritage; Structural repairs, 2005; Roof Replacement, 2000; Chimney Rebuilding, 2000.

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