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Parson Capen House

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The "Parson" Capen house was built in 1693 for Reverend Joseph Capen, Minister of the Church in Topsfield.  The house  is one of the best preserved examples of early American houses built in the Elizabethan style.  The house became the property of the Topsfield Historical Society in 1913 and was restored under the direction of George Francis Dow.  The property is open afternoons, June 15 to Sept 15, on Sunday, Wednesday, and Friday afternoons from 1:00pm - 4:00pm.  Docents are present to explain the history of the house and grounds. 






Parson Capen House


Parson Capen House [Image]. (2012). Retrieved June 21, 2013 from Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parson_Capen_House.


Topsfield Historical Society [Pamphlet]. (n.d.). The "Parson Capen House, 1683, Topsfield, Massachusetts. (Pamphlet located in Topsfield Town Library vertical file folder: Topsfield (Mass)- Buildings and Houses: Parson Capen House.)


Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield, Massachusetts. (n.d.) Parson Capen House. Retrieved from http://www.topsfieldhistory.org/parson_capen.shtml


Further Reading

Dupouy, D. & English, J. (1970). The Parson Capen house : Topsfield, Massachusetts Topsfield, MA: Topsfield Historical Society.  View record in the Library Catalog; read online at the Internet Archive


Finch & Rose. (2002). Historic structure report, the Parson Capen House, the Topsfield Historical Society, Topsfield Massachusetts. Beverly, Mass.: Finch & Rose.

A report by Finch & Rose, preservation and design consultants, documenting the extant physical fabric of the Parson Capen House and related historic documents relative to its early historical development and its 1913 restoration.  View record in the Library Catalog


Holzer, H. (1987). The Parson Capen House. Early American Life, 18, 50. (Copy of article located in Topsfield Town Library vertical file folder: Topsfield (Mass)- Buildings and Houses: Parson Capen House.)


External Links

Topsfield Historical Society
Parson Capen House.  Article hosted on the website of the Salem Witch Museum.  Accessed 6/22/2021.

Parson Capen House- From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia




Topsfield Times: A Community and Local History Resource


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