The Lowell Mason House will have an Open House this Saturday, June 14, 2014 from 9am to 2 pm in conjunction with Medfield’s Annual Discover Medfield History Day. The Lowell Mason House, located at 59 Green Street, is pleased to act as the new starting point this year for this wonderful event. Parking will be available next door at the Hinkley Swim Pond parking lot.
Please stop by and learn about the plans for the house which include making space available for music lessons and practice, music technology and recording as well as a Lowell Mason museum and office space for music educators. The first floor will be open to visitors to walk around and see all that needs to be done.
Lowell Mason was born in Medfield on January 8, 1792. He became choir director of First Parish Church at 16, and later became President of the Handel & Haydn Society in Boston. In 1838, he became the first Music Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools and is considered the Father of Music Education in America, as well as the Father of American Church Music. Lowell Mason wrote over 1,600 hymns including “Nearer my God to Thee” and also arranged “Joy to the World”. He is also credited with composing the tune for “Mary Had a Little Lamb”.
The House dates to 1740 and is perhaps older. There are re-used beams in the attic which date from 1650 and 1651. Medfield was incorporated in 1651, so these beams date to the founding of Medfield. The house also contains original panel walls, doors and hardware, as well as some original floorboards.
Please stop by for a visit whether or not you are taking a Discover Medfield History Day tour. We hope to see you.