Boston's Historic Houses: The Nichols House Museum!

Happy Friday! I’m so excited to share today’s post with you all!

So this semester I’m taking a class called Boston’s Historic Houses. Every week we go and tour a different house museum in Boston and that is the class! It has been so interesting so far and I’m really enjoying it! As someone who loves history and museums I knew I needed to take this class. I had been trying since freshman year but it always filled up! So I thought this would be the perfect blog series that I’ll continue even when the class is over! There’s so many historic houses out there and I want to visit as many as possible!

If you’re not into history I totally understand! However, I hope all history lovers will come back every Friday to learn about a new house!

So without further ado, today we will be taking about the Nichols House!

Located at 55 Mount Vernon Street in Beacon Hill, the Nichols House opened its doors to the public in 1961!

Designed by Charles Bulfinch, the house was originally owned by the Mason family until Dr. Arthur Nichols and his wife Elizabeth moved in with their three daughters Rose, Margaret, and Marian.

The Nichols Family Arthur, Elizabeth, Rose, Marian, Margaret
The Nichols Family
Arthur, Elizabeth, Rose, Marian, Margaret

Dr. Nichols held his practice in the house. His study was divided into two parts: his office area and an area for his patients to have their check ups. Once plumbing was installed into the house, a bathroom with a very large safe was added on to this room. In his safe he kept all of his patient’s medications to ensure his staff would never be able to steal it!

After the death of her parents, oldest daughter Rose was left the house and made it her own. She turned her dads exam room into her own study. There she housed books, her own desk and chairs that she had carved the designs into herself! She was multitalented but excelled in landscaping and built a very successful business around that.


Rose had also embrodiered these seat cushions

the backs of these chairs were hand carved by Rose

We then traveled into the next room where Rose enjoyed having “dinner” parties. And by dinner parties I mean she invited about 15 people over for tea and would discuss reform and argue politics with her guests until they left. She always believed that socializing should be done through conversation not extravagant parties like her parents would have.

Her mother brought back a giant tapestry for this room, it took up a whole wall!

Rose never married and lived alone in her house until she was a lot older and broke her hip. She hired a care taker named Mary and gave her the room her parents had slept in.


When the house opened as a museum Mary worked their and gave tours every day for 20 years until she retired! She even showed her room on her tours!
Fun Fact about Rose: she had no hired help to cook for her so instead of cooking she went and ate at the Omni Parker House every single day for 27 years!

Rose at age 81

Rose had embroidered the canopy above her bed and kept her dowry chest out in front of it. She had the brightest room in the house and forced her parents to have her sisters live on the fourth floor with the help.

portrait of Rose Nichols

her bathroom was built into a closet once plumbing was installed in the house


Getting to tour this amazing house was a wonderful experience! It truly makes you see the beauty in history and these historic places that we walk by every day but never acknowledge!

More Pictures!!

Want to learn more about the Nichols house? Visit their website or follow them on Twitter and like them on Facebook! For $10 you get to tour a beautiful house with so much history in it! Thank you for allowing our class to tour!

If you want to see more Boston’s Historic Houses posts please make sure to let me know in the comments!

Also, if ou have any suggestions as to where I should go and tour in Boston leave them in the comments! Im so excited about this new series here on The Road Less Traveled and I hope you are too!

See you next time!


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