Rumney, New Hampshire1860 to 1862
A Brightening Prospect
The house: Sometime before the Pattersons moved here in 1860, this onetime saltbox structure had been enlarged to a five-room cape-style cottage. The shed and barn were later additions.
Between 2005 and 2008 the exterior and interior of the house were restored according to updated historical research. It now looks much as it did when the Pattersons lived here. The interior is furnished in keeping with a modest rural house in the mid-nineteenth century, including a few pieces that belonged to Mrs. Eddy.
Its story: Living in this house in Rumney, Mary Patterson’s prospects brightened, if only in limited ways. Her husband became the town dentist. Their finances improved. Her health improved somewhat. She began to write down her thoughts on the spiritual meaning of the Bible.
In this house Mary, with a burst of joy, received a letter from her son George. He had not been lost in the wilderness, but was alive and well — an under-age volunteer in the Union army. By that time, 1861, the Civil War was raging. In 1862 Patterson carried out a commission to deliver funds to Union sympathizers in the South. En route he was captured and imprisoned by Confederates. Mary was untiring in her efforts to secure his release. In the end, he escaped and returned to her.
Persisting in her search for health, Mary Patterson set out from Rumney for Dr. Vail’s Hydropathic Institute at Hill, New Hampshire, and, later, to visit the professed magnetic healer Phineas Quimby of Portland, Maine. Quimby’s treatments relieved her suffering only temporarily, but these and other experiences encouraged her efforts to “trace all physical effects to a mental cause.”
After less than two years here, the couple had to move on. Eventually they settled in Massachusetts, where Patterson re-established himself in the practice of dentistry.
Admission and Additional Visitor Information
$5.00 suggested donation. Longyear members and children under 12, free.
Tour is paired with the house in North Groton, NH.
Longyear Museum is pleased to share a brief video featuring the interior of the Mary Baker Eddy Historic House in Rumney, New Hampshire, as visitors see it today:
Take I-93 North to Exit 26. Follow Route 25 West for 8.5 miles. Turn right at the blinking light onto Main Street, then travel 1.1 miles through the village. After the steep hill, the house is on the right and a small parking lot is on the left.View More Historic Houses