“Home is the dearest spot on earth,”* wrote Mrs. Eddy. Throughout her adult life she made her home in many places.
She is often identified with Massachusetts. During twenty-five pivotal years she lived in Massachusetts cities and towns like Lynn, Swampscott, Amesbury, and Stoughton, and the state capital, Boston, where her church is headquartered to this day.
But most of her life, nearly sixty-five years of it, was lived in her native New Hampshire.
The heart of each home was her study, an intimate room where she could think, pray, study, write, and meet with her staff, church officials, and sometimes other visitors. A 1903 photo shows her seated at her desk, surrounded by household workers. Behind her, sentimental knickknacks and gifts from friends decorate her bureau and hang between the windows.
* “Home is the dearest spot on earth, and it should be the centre, though not the boundary, of the affections.”
Mary Baker Eddy, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures
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