- Aug 29, 2000
The past week was pleasantly filled with day trips to old Massachusetts cemeteries and passenger houses along the route. Most thrilling was the opportunity to visit Mary Wellman's home in Topsfield- a picture book New England town just north of Boston. The current owner remodelled just 5 years ago, but he was happy to show off Mary's entertainment addition which was enormous and panelled walls and ceiling with pine. The lady of the house is quite an authority on Mary Wellman. The house itself can only be called an estate, and most interesting of all, Mary cashed in her gas company stocks and built the sprawling home on many wooded acres to furnish the backdrop to one of her passions- botany! On the property are many specimen trees including two enormous sequoias and a rare larch. Mary loved to entertain, was an enthusiastic supporter of Girl Scouting, and many other civic functions and organizations. As she became more elderly, Mary built a little home next door for her nurse-companion. A very short distance from her home was that of her mother,Elizabeth Lines, which is shown below. The venerable Colonial home dates to mid 18th century. One could not help but reflect on those in steerage who had to leave homes behind, and many others who would never see beloved homes again. I hope to add more on the webpage, and as always, would be grateful for any photographs ET folks would like to send. I also wonder if Bruce Ismay's home sold last year?