The Boutwell House on Main Street is home to the Groton Historical Society.
The house was built in 1851 for George S. Boutwell who was Governor of Massachusetts at the time. He and his family were the only occupants of the house and when his daughter Georgianna passed away in 1933 she left the house to the historical society.
Currently the Boutwell House is used to both display period furniture and decorative arts and showcase special exhibits in the rotating exhibit gallery.
Visit and see:
- The room and bed that President Grant slept in when he spent the night in Groton
- Original wallpaper in the dining room, c. 1850 reproduction of the 18th century “Champlain” pattern
- 19th and 20th century maps of Groton
- Embroidered mourning pictures
- Massachusetts Tall case clocks
- Large spinning wheel which belonged to Mrs. Sarah Shattuck, one of the women in the “Prudence Wright Guard”
- Windsor chair which belonged to Margaret Fuller, who attended school in Groton
- Fire buckets from 19th century Groton