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Old Homes Then and Now

by Bill Tobin
March 15, 2012

 The Holliston Historical Society presented an illustrated program on old homes... 


... and buildings in Holliston with interesting stories about them.  Town Hall is recognizable after many years of service.

 The evening began with a video tape and dialogue by Dorothy Reese (now deceased) made about 20 years ago for HCAT. This was a trip down Washington Street with photos and descriptions of the many beautiful old homes and the folks who built them.

Linda Vista built in 1802 shown above was one of the homes with a history.

Further down Washington Street is the Littlefield Tavern, restored to look as it once did. This was the tavern that George Washington visited on his trip through town.

 Many Greek Revival style homes were consctructed in the mid 1800's 

Many Greek Revival homes featured columns.


Prior to the Greek Revival homes, Federal style was the home of the times, constructed between 1740 and 1830. Many are still in great condition in Holliston.

Joanne showed this old shot of the central train station, one of four in town, serving passengers until 1959. This station is now known as Casey's.

This Cash Store was located at the corner of Church and Railroad Streets, now a multi family home.

These buildings were popular summer vacation homes for city folk visiting rural Holliston to enjoy restful vistas on Lake Winthrop.


This home in East Holliston was built in 1795.

Above is St. Mary's, not painted white. It is commonly believed that all old homes were painted white, but most were of a color as white paint was not easily available. Note the home to the left of the church, now a parking lot.

The one and a half story home became popular in the late 1800's and Holliston has many of this style, now known as Village Colonials.  The floor plan is basic to most, with slight variations. Many had an addition, about 10x10, similar the one above. This addition served as a shoe shop, very common at the time.

The meeting room at the Historical House was filled with a very appreciative audience who now know more than most about the old homes, people and conditions of our old town. 

Programs like these are sponsored by the Historical Society and are open to the public. Keep up the good work. 


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Comments (2)

The photos and slides and the DVD from 1991 are all part of the archives at the Historical Society. The DVD is also available from HCAT TV for a modest fee. While the photos are not on display, they are available for viewing by appointment.

- Mary Greendale | 3/17/12 3:05 PM

This is great. Are these images on display at the society?

- JM Brown | 3/17/12 12:04 PM



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