Rumney's 250th Anniversary

July 31, 2017

The community that Mary Baker Eddy called home from March 1860 to June 1862 is throwing a party! The village of Rumney, New Hampshire, will be marking its 250th anniversary this summer. Festivities include an Old Home Day Parade and Old Home Day Craft & Artisan Show, both to be held on August 12.

“Longyear is looking forward to participating in Rumney’s 250th Anniversary celebration,” says Pam Partridge, the Museum’s research and historic site manager, noting that special tour hours will be offered on August 12, as well as on September 2 (Labor Day weekend) at the Mary Baker Eddy Historic House in Rumney. Refreshments will be served both days.

The Civil War came to Mrs. Eddy’s doorstep during these years, for it was in her Rumney home that she learned her son, George, was not lost, as she had been led to believe, but alive and well and had volunteered as a soldier for the Union Army.[1] She was also inspired to pick up her pen again (her writing had languished during the difficult five-year stretch she spent in nearby North Groton) and write a poem lauding Major Anderson’s defense of Fort Sumter,[2] as well as a letter to General Benjamin Butler thanking him for his stand against slavery.[3] Then in March 1862, Daniel Patterson, Mrs. Eddy’s husband at the time, was caught by Confederate soldiers when he strayed too close to enemy lines, leading Mrs. Eddy to write to the authorities to call for his release.[4] And most significant to her future discovery of Christian Science, which was just a few short years away, was a healing she effected through prayer of a sick infant brought to her while she was living in this home.[5]


As part of the village’s 250th anniversary celebration, the Mary Baker Eddy Historic House at 58 Stinson Lake Road in Rumney, New Hampshire, will be open from 11 am - 3 pm on both August 12 and September 2. Refreshments will be served. The home will also be a stop on the Rumney Village Self-Guided Tour (maps are available at the Rumney Historical Society and the Village Store) and the Rumney Village Walking Tour, for which a date has yet to be announced. For further details, check the anniversary website


This article was written by Longyear summer intern Oliver Simpson.

[1] Mary Baker Eddy, Retrospection and Introspection, 20-21. George, who had been told that his mother was “dead and buried,” learned of her whereabouts and wrote her a letter, to Mrs. Eddy’s great joy.

Mary Baker Eddy, “Major Anderson and Our Country,” The Independent Democrat (Concord, New Hampshire), February 14, 1861.

Irving C. Tomlinson, Twelve Years with Mary Baker Eddy Amplified Edition (Boston: The Christian Science Publishing Society, 1994), 19-20. Mrs. Eddy wrote to General Butler on August 17, 1861, from her home in Rumney. Robert Peel, Mary Baker Eddy: Years of Discovery (Boston: The Christian Science Publishing Society, 1966), 143.

Isabel Ferguson and Heather Vogel Frederick, A World More Bright: The Life of Mary Baker Eddy (The Christian Science Publishing Society, 2013), 52-53. While working as a courier transporting money to Southerners sympathetic to the Union cause, Daniel Patterson was sightseeing at the Bull Run battlefield when he was captured by Confederate soldiers. Mrs. Eddy wrote to former President Franklin Pierce, a friend of her deceased brother Albert’s, among others, to petition for her husband’s release.

Jewel Spangler Smaus, Mary Baker Eddy: The Golden Days (Boston: The Christian Science Publishing Society, 1966), 134.
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