Chestnut Hill400 Beacon Street, Chestnut Hill, Mass.

In January 1908 Mrs. Eddy moved from Concord, New Hampshire, to Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. There during the next three years she founded The Christian Science Monitor, provided for Christian Science nursing, continued revisions to Science and Health and the Church Manual, and completed a compilation of her later writings to be published as The First Church of Christ, Scientist, and Miscellany.

In late 1909 she intervened to settle a vexing problem that threatened to split the Christian Science movement in New York City. As the year drew to a close, she spent part of Christmas Day in her customary way - at her desk, going through her correspondence with a secretary.

Chestnut Hill StudyMrs. Eddy’s study at Chestnut Hill

During 1910 Mrs. Eddy authorized a German translation of Science and Health, made revisions to her shorter writings, wrote several articles (including an incisive essay on the proper practice of Christian Science for the September Sentinel), and compiled a small anthology of her selected poems. In her ninetieth year, although she was withdrawing from “hands-on” direction of her church, Mary Baker Eddy was still very much its Leader.

In the last days of November 1910, she was contending with the effects of a severe cold. On December 1st she went for her normal daily carriage ride. When she returned she retired to the chaise in her study. After a while she called for a pad of paper and pencil, and wrote a single, emphatic sentence: “God is my life.” It was a fitting summary for a life dedicated to that proposition for all mankind.

Chestnut Hill Desk

During the evening of December 3rd she passed on. A memorial service was held in her home on December 8. Interment was at the Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the site now marked by a circle of columns overlooking a small pond.

As part of her legacy to the world, the practice of Christian Science has gone on to build a nearly one-hundred-fifty-year record of thousands of testimonies of physical healing and moral regeneration.