Where is Marblehead's Oldest House?
Ever wonder where the oldest house in Marblehead was? You're not the only one.
Every week we set out to answer a question submitted by one of our readers as part of our You Ask...Patch Answers column.
On Saturday, we received an email from a local resident who was wondering exactly where Marblehead's oldest house was located.
They asked: "I enjoyed reading your recent article on the secret stairway inside the Norden House on Glover Square! Is that considered the oldest house in all of Marblehead? Can you find out for us please?"
The oldest house in Marblehead is the Ambrose Gale House on Franklin Street, which was built around 1663, according to Historical Buildings of Massachusetts.
According to the site, the seal-gray house was built by Ambrose Gale, a fisherman who served as first selectman, testified in the Salem Witch Trials, and owned the land that later became Fort Sewall.
The oldest wood-frame house in Massachusetts is the Fairbanks House, which was built in Dedham in 1637 - just in case you were wondering.
Think you know of an older house in town? Is there a local structure you'd like us to look into?
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