Title: American homes and gardens
Year: 1905 (1900s)
Subjects: Architecture, Domestic Landscape gardening
Publisher: New York, Munn and Co
Contributing Library: The LuEsther T Mertz Library, the New York Botanical Garden
Digitizing Sponsor: BHL-SIL-FEDLINK
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Dorothy Q House is almost as old as theCommonwealth itself—the rear part was built in 1636—and is associated with many of the distinguished menand women who made the Commonwealth and estab-lished its fame. The estate passed out of the hands ofthe Quincys a century ago; but in Colonial times almostall the eminent members of that race were either bornthere or lived there part of their days. John Adams andJohn Quincy Adams frequently visited the inmates ofthis home, and its hospitable roof has sheltered manyothers known to fame, such as Sir Harry Vane, JudgeSewall, Benjamin Franklin and Sir Harry Frankland. Visitors who to-day go to Quincy and seek out thisvenerable mansion find much of interest to them, even ifthey be quite ignorant of the historic side of the house.None the less I propose here to discuss the various roomsin the light of the hallowed traditions with which theyare indissolubly linked. Otherwise the quaint furnituremight just as well be in the show-rooms of an enter-
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The Dorothy Q House prising dealer in antiques. Let us begin with the garden,here an integral part of the house, as all Colonial gardenswere. Approaching from the street one walks back severalhundred yards through magnolia and mulberry trees set offwith rhododendron, along a narrow path neatly borderedwith a relic of that famous box upon which Dorothy Qdried her laces nearly two hundred years ago. At the leftis the brook which the town of Quincy has lately dammed up and over whichthere will soon beplaced a rusticbridge such as wasthere when AgnesSurriage came tothe house with herhandsome Sir HarryFrankland, and thewhole party fishedfor eels, which theymerrily cooked forsupper. At the left as oneenters the noblefront door is theparlor, with its re-nowned Venus andCupid wall – paper,which was broughtfrom Paris ex-pressly for the wed-ding of John Han-cock and his Dorothy Q. The design showsdouble panels upon which very natural-looking Birds ofParadise disport themselves. In one Cupid app
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