Built circa 1780, this house is a rare example of Federal architecture still surviving in its original condition. Mary Baker Eddy, the Discoverer and Founder of Christian Science, was a guest here in 1868 and 1870.
Rich in architectural and historical detail, the house tells the twin stories of Mary Baker Eddy, who continued her Bible studies and taught others about Christian healing while living here, and the Bagley family, for whom the house was built. Mrs. Eddy would go on from Amesbury to become one of the most well-known women in America, healing, preaching, teaching, writing – including her cornerstone work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures – and founding a religion, a worldwide church, and The Christian Science Monitor, a Pulitzer prize-winning newspaper.
Visitors will learn Mary Baker Eddy’s story, as well as that of the Bagley family, particularly Sarah, who took in boarders and ran her own small business as a milliner from the house. Numerous original furnishings and artifacts help illustrate women’s roles and activities in Amesbury in the 1800s, and the house also spotlights Squire Bagley, who was very active in the community.