Whittier, John Greenleaf, House

86 Friend St., Amesbury, Massachusetts


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Whittier, writer, editor, and prominent abolitionist, lived and wrote here from 1836 until his death in 1892. Whittier composed a number of religious poems, many of which have been set to music and are sung as hymns. He is best known for his many short poems, such as "the Barefoot Boy" and "Barbara Frietchie," with their quotable lines. His famous work "Snowbound" was published in 1866. Whittier was also one of the most eloquent voices in the abolitionist cause, and on at least one occasion he was mobbed for his outspoken views. -- National Historic Landmark statement of significance, December 29, 1962

National Register information 

Posted to the National Register of Historic Places on October 15, 1966
Reference number
Architectural style
Other architectural type; Cape
Area of significance
Level of significance
Evaluation criteria
B - Person
Property type
Historic function
Single dwelling
Current function
Periods of significance
1875-1899; 1850-1874; 1825-1849
Significant years
1811; 1836; 1892

Update Log 

  • February 4, 2017: New Street View added by Brian Bartlett