Hours of Operation
May 2 - October 31*
Thursday - Saturday, 10am-4pm.
Sunday, 1-4pm. Closed holidays.
* Closed October 17, 2015.
Also by appointment (48-hour advance notice suggested).
November 1 - April 30
By appointment (48-hour advance notice suggested).
For admission information, please see text at left just above Virtual Tour.
8 Broad Street
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Lynn, Massachusetts1875 to 1882
Publishing Her Book
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. Today, the exterior reflects the vibrant colors Mrs. Eddy would have known when she lived here from 1875 to 1882. The second phase, comprised of a complete interior restoration and reinterpretation, concluded in August 2013.
Preservation specialists 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 their research, the original floor plan has been restored, and the interior finishes, fixtures, and carpets more closely depict the home in which Mrs. Eddy and her husband, Gilbert Eddy, lived.
The exhibit, Mary Baker Eddy at 8 Broad Street: Foundational Work for a Worldwide Movement, opened to the public in Fall 2014.
Its story: Mary Glover purchased the house on Broad Street in 1875, as she was finishing 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. On New Year’s Day 1877, she and Asa Gilbert Eddy were married in the parlor.
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.
The Eddys took their final leave of Lynn in January 1882. 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.
An extensive two-phase restoration of this house took place from 2009 to 2014. For information, articles, photos, and videos about the project, please visit the Lynn Restoration page on this website.
Admission and Additional Visitor Information
Tour is paired with the Mary Baker Eddy Historic House in Swampscott, Massachusetts.
Meet at the Swampscott house.
$10.00 total suggested donation for both tours. Longyear members and children under 12, free.
Longyear Museum is pleased to share this brief video featuring the interior of the Mary Baker Eddy Historic House in Lynn, Massachusetts, as visitors see it today:
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.View More Historic Houses