First and second grade girls wearing mobcaps and enjoying the Society’s after-school program “Living in Long Ago Days” in the Campbell Room of the Grout-Heard House Museum. Many thanks to Joanne Davis, Lois Doerr, Molly Faulkner, Kathy Finch, Jane Fontana, Kathy Heckscher, Claudia Heller and Marney Ives. This always popular program was presented this year on four consecutive Tuesdays in March.
Grout-Heard House history
The history of the Grout-Heard House dates from 1639, a year after the first settlers arrived in what is now Wayland, when the Sudbury Plantation Proprietors granted Thomas Cakebread acreage including the present house site, as an inducement for him to move from Watertown and to set up a mill in this new town. When Cakebread died three years later, the land passed to a relative, John Grout. It was John Grout’s grandson, Jonathan Grout, who about 1740 built the earliest part of the house, the two front rooms downstairs and two chambers above. During the Revolution, Elijah Bent and his son-in-law, David Curtis, ran a store there—the only known instance where house ownership moved out of the Grout or Heard families.
After the Revolution in 1787, Silas Grout, a blacksmith, bought the house and brought his new wife, Susanna Clapp from Sherborn. There the couple raised five children, Charles, Sally, Jerusha, Susan and William. Silas made many changes to the house, adding the rooms along the back of the house on both floors, raising the roof and putting new larger windows on the front façade. Their daughter, Jerusha, married Newell Heard, postmaster and owner of the “Old Red Store” across the street. Soon the house was crowded with Jerusha and Newell’s family, her two unmarried siblings , Susan and William, and the widowed Susanna Grout, all living there. The south ell, was added sometime between 1820 and 1840 to house the expanding family.
In 1878, the house was moved up Old Sudbury Road to make home for a new Town Hall. After the last Heard heir died, Raytheon bought the property and in 1956 gave the house to the Historical Society. The Society raised the money to move it back to its original site in 1962 and to add a modern kitchen and office above.
The Grout-Heard House now serves as the Society’s Museum, where artifacts, documents, maps and photographs are preserved. The
House is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30 to noon.
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The museum will be closed on Tuesday, August 2nd and Friday, August 5th for a summer break. We will re-open on Tuesday, August 9th. Thanks!
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