| Dorchester Illustration of the Day no. 1472
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Known as the Walter Baker mansion, this house was most likely built in 1737 by Lieutenant Governor Andrew Oliver who used it as a summer residence until his death in 1774. The property was most likely seized during the Revolution by the colonial government since it belonged to a Tory family. Col. Benjamin Hichborn purchased the property in 1782, also for use as a summer residence, entertaining such famous personages as General Lafayette there in 1783, until Hitchborn’s death in 1817. James Penniman used the parlor for a school-room to aid the founding of Dorchester Academy in 1831. Shortly after, Walter Baker came into possession of the property. He died in 1852, and his widow lived there till her death in 1891. It was then occupied by the Bichloride of Gold Institute and later by the Colonial Club of Dorchester. Replaced by the Lucy Stone School in 1937.
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