Town Projects

Community Preservation: The Peter Oliver, Jr. House

Historians of colonial New England architecture have traditionally viewed eighteenth century Plymouth County as a rural backwater of poor subsistence farmsteads and small vernacular dwelling houses. An analysis of the estate and ironworks constructed by the Oliver family in Middleborough contradicts this notion.

The sophisticated industrial and domestic structures that made up this industrial plantation illustrate the family’s economic prosperity and social position within their community. Developed between 1744 and 1775, the site originally incorporated a vast water powered... Read More