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76 Winter Street

76 Winter Street

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Olive J. Blair House, 1889

The 1889 Queen Anne style Olive J. Blair house is situated on a parcel of land at the corner of Leavitt and Winter Street that was previously owned by members of the Burr and Jones family, of which Mrs. Blair was descended. Winter Street hill is remembered by many of our citizens for the hours of delight it brought each winter when the street was closed for sledding. Olive J. (Jones) Blair married Frederick C. Blair, a butcher. The rendering pit and large meat hooks, vestiges of Mr. Blair’s profession, are still in the barn on the property.  The Hingham Journal noted that David Cushing built the home’s cellar and that by August of 1889 the plasterers had completed their work and the carpenters were engaged in the finish work on this “handsome home adjoining the Jacob Groce Homestead”.  Jacob Groce was Olive Blair’s grandfather and a local blacksmith. Less than a decade later, in 1898, the home would be sold to Alfred J. Mitchell and his family of South Boston, who were summer residents of Hingham. By the Spring of 1899, they were making extensive alterations, including enlarging the barn and members of the Mitchell Family remained in the house until 1945. The current residents have made renovations over their years in the home, especially in the kitchen. The original butler’s pantry was preserved and flows into the dining room. The master bedroom was formerly the maid’s bedroom; the back stairs to the kitchen led from this room. The “clock room” was converted by the current homeowners from a screened-in porch. When you stop in, be sure to look up and enjoy the rare copper beech to the right of the drive that welcomes you to the house.

A view of home meadows as it would have been seen from 76 Winter Street when Olive and Frederick Blair built their house.

Hingham’s Winter Street on a winter’s day around 1915. Treacherous driving, fantastic sledding. The Olive Blair house, not visible in this image, would be situated just to the right as you look down the hill.

Hingham’s Winter Street on a winter’s day around 1915. Treacherous driving, fantastic sledding. The Olive Blair house, not visible in this image, would be situated just to the right as you look down the hill.