Built around 1900 by businessman and gentleman farmer, John H. Pierce (1830-1910), the Pierce House is located on 30 acres of woodlands and rolling meadows in Lincoln, Mass.
A fixture in Lincoln Center, the house and its grounds are used for meetings, functions and weddings — and for us, dog walks.
The house was designed to mimic the Vassell-Craigie-Longfellow House in Cambridge, Mass. It originally included a vegetable garden, orchard and a carriage house, which burned in 1950.
Pierce left his house to the town of Lincoln in his will.
“Upon the decease of my said daughter Elsie Pierce I give, devise and bequeath my farm and
house in said Lincoln to the INHABITANTS OF LINCOLN and in addition thereto an annual income
of Three Thousand (3000) dollars for the maintenance of the same, the same to be used for a Hospital and Park for the use and enjoyment of the Inhabitants of Lincoln forever,” read Pierce’s will, according to information provided by the Pierce House Director, Victoria Otis.
Elsie died in 1926. In 1927, Lincoln residents agreed to accept the legacies of John and Elsie Pierce at a town meeting, as long as the wills were modified so as not to maintain the house as a hospital.
The town later gave John’s son, Robert, and his wife, Grace, life tenancy in the house. When Grace died in 1964, the town took it over. It has been used as a space for events ever since.
It was placed on the National Register of Historic Places, as part of the Lincoln Center Historic District, in 1985.