June 15- October 31
Mondays and Fridays, 48-hour advance reservation required.
For admission information, please see text at left just above Directions.
8 Broad Street
Lynn, MA 01902
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800.277.8943, ext. 100
1875 to 1882
The house: Longyear Museum acquired this historically important house through special donations in 2006. The first phase of the restoration – the exterior and accessibility requirements — was completed in September 2011. The second phase, comprised of interior interpretation and restoration, is in the planning stages. Researchers have peeled back layers of wallpaper and flooring, scraped and analyzed paint samples and floor finishes, charted the original placement of walls, windows, stairs, and heating ducts. Much has been learned. Based on this research, the exterior has been restored to the vibrant colors Mrs. Eddy would have seen when she and her husband Gilbert Eddy lived here.
Its story: Mary Glover purchased the house on Broad Street in 1875, as she was completing the manuscript for Science and Health. In a small attic room under a skylight in the roof, she wrote the pages that completed her book and painstakingly proofread and corrected the printer's galley sheets. By year's end the first edition was published.
A sign above the second-floor windows proclaimed: "Mary B. Glover's Christian Scientists' Home," displaying the first-known use of the cross-and-crown as an emblem of her religious movement.
In this house Mary B. Glover became Mary Baker Eddy. In the parlor on New Year's Day 1877, she and Asa Gilbert Eddy were married.
Mrs. Eddy wrote about her former house in Lynn: "Very sacred to me are the memories that cluster around my old home .... the earthly dwelling where Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures was written - where my husband, Dr. Eddy, and I instituted the Christian Scientists Home, and passed many happy hours in prayer to God and work for man...."*
Here she formed an association of her students on July 4, 1876, and held its meetings in the parlor. Here she founded her church, the Church of Christ (Scientist), and answered the call to be its Pastor. And here Mrs. Eddy conducted classes of the Massachusetts Metaphysical College, chartered in January 1881.
In January 1882, the Eddys took their final leave of Lynn. Down the steps of this home Mary Baker Eddy set out for her great teaching work in Boston and beyond.
*Mary Baker Eddy, Footprints Fadeless, in Mary Baker Eddy: Speaking for Herself (Boston: The Writings of Mary Baker Eddy, 2002), p. 105.
$5.00 suggested donation. Longyear members and children under 12, free.
From Boston: Take Route 1A North to Lynn. After entering Lynn, Route 1A becomes Broad Street. The house is on the right, on the corner of Broad Street Place. There is ample parking at the end of Broad Street Place.