Parson Capen House

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Parson Capen House
The Parson Capen House is one of the finest surviving example of Elizabethan architecture in America. The house is situated on a knoll overlooking the Common, originally on a twelve acre lot of land granted Reverend Capen by the Town in 1682. Parson Capen served the Church in Topsfield for 44 years until his death.

The Topsfield Historical Society purchased the house in 1913. It was restored under the direction of George Francis Dow, and an official housewarming was held on January 14, 1914.

History of the Parson Capen House

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Marker designating the Parson Capen House as a National Historic Landmark possessing national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America.In 1960 the Parson Capen House was designated a National Historic Landmark. In awarding the designation the U.S. Department of Interior stated that this site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America.