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Huebener Brick no. 90 Humphreys House

The Edward A. Huebener collection of over 100 bricks originally collected by Mr. Huebener exhibits brick paintings of the houses from which the bricks came. The bricks have upon them painted scenes of (mostly) old Dorchester houses and landmarks. To see a list of all the bricks, choose the term Architecture in the list at the left of the screen and choose the first subsection -- the Edward A. Huebener Brick Collection and scroll to the bottom of that page to see icons for all the bricks.

Map Detail Humphreys House
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 Detail from 1898 Bromley Atlas showing the location of the Humphreys House at the corner of Dudley Street (later Stoughton Street) and Humphreys street.

Humphreys House
Humphrey House
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 Photograph in the collection of the Dorchester Historical Society.

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Humphreys House
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 Photograph in the collection of the Dorchester Historical Society showing the right end and back of the house.

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Humphreys House
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 Photograph in the collection of the Dorchester Historical Society.

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Humphrey House and Dorchester Fireproof Storage Warehouse
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 In 1917 the family sold the property and moved from the old house, allowing its demolition. They had already apparently sold the back part of the property for the construction of the Dorchester Fireproof Storage Warehouse, so it is not surprising that they decided to move out of the old home.

On the occasion of leaving their home, the Humphreys family published a pamphlet entitled The Humphreys Homestead, 1784-1917. It comprises a poem of which a few scattered lines are reproduced here:

We are leaving the dear old Homestead ...

The timber of their dwellings all
Grew near by on their land;
It was cut and hewn by those sturdy men
And the nails were made by hand ...

The old, old hearthstone still is there
Of the house they first did build.
The brook did flow through the meadow low
And its waters the tanpits filled ...

In Dorchester once fine fruit did grow
And the Humphreys quince orchard made a fine show
One hudnred anf fifty bushels or more
Have been seen in the fall on the great barn floor ...

The old, old gun chests still remained
Of the war of Eighteen twelve.
They hid the silver of the church
In the tanpits they did delve ...

The Dorchester Historical Society has a copy of the pamphlet.

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Created: January 16, 2011   Modified: April 16, 2011