I was so thrilled to see the 1707 Plympton, Massachusetts home of my 9th great-grandparents Luke and Ruth (Conant) Perkins as the subject of the HGTV show “Houses with History.” I did not even know their house was still standing! The television show follows the work of preservationists Mike Lemieux, Rich Soares and Jen MacDonald. Lemieux and MacDonald own Full Circle Homes and a shop in Plympton called Mayflower Mercantile. They really did a remarkable job restoring this beautiful old Cape Cod style center chimney home. Thank goodness for people like this who save historic homes from the wrecking ball.
I took a drive by the
property and it’s just gorgeous. It’s located on Crescent Street in Plympton, a
winding country road. It’s amazing that the area remains rural and other
than a newer (but still antique) home next door, the paved road, and the
utility wires, Luke and Martha could return today and recognize it immediately.
Behind the house is a cranberry bog and across the street is a field. There are
stone walls and plentiful trees. It is an absolutely idyllic setting. Before moving to Plympton, Luke moved a few
times, probably to find better paying blacksmith jobs since men with his skill
were in huge demand. But after moving to Plympton they stayed put. Driving down
that beautiful street, I can see why!
The town of Plympton
granted Luke Perkins an 18 acre parcel of land at Rocky Run when he agreed to
be the town’s blacksmith. Luke and Martha relocated to Plympton from Ipswich on
the North Shore, built their home there and stayed until they passed away in
their 80s. (I thought they settled in Plympton about 1714, but on the show they
say the house was built by Luke in 1707).
According to the show, the home was in just two families until it was
purchased by Full Circle Homes. The sellers live on a farm next door, and I
believe they own the majority of the 20 acres and they also have blacksmithing
items recovered from the property.
|Field directly across from the house
Luke Perkins was born
in Charlestown, Massachusetts (a Boston neighborhood) in 1667, the son of Luke
and Hannah (Long) Perkins. In 1668 Luke married Martha Conant at Salem, Essex,
Massachusetts. Martha was the granddaughter of Roger Conant, the founder of
Salem (there’s even a statue of him there).