William R. Lothrop House

Bright light! Bright light! (If that phrase doesn’t remind you of the 1984 movie “Gremlins,” you’re definitely not as old as my mom.) But for reals, the sun this day was no joke, and I prefer not to scorch my retinas by opening my peepers for a photo.

Bright light! Bright light!

However, please open your eyes for the William R. Lothrop House in Acton, Mass.

After Lothrop (1821-1853) married Susan Putman, he built this Greek Revival house in 1849. His first wife, Mary Weston, died the previous year at the age of 21. She was the daughter of Stephen and Unice Weston, who lived directly across the street.

A trader, Lothrop was involved with Acton’s Centre Store for some time.

By 1870, Robert Chaffin lived here. The son of shoemaker Samuel Chaffin, Robert was listed as a farmer in Acton’s 1883 directory.

The house is located on Main Street in the Acton Centre Historic District.

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