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Black House Museum

  • Based on a design of Asher Benjamin, the Black House took three years to build from 1824-1827.

  • John, Mary and four of their 8 children moved into the house on November 7, 1827.

  • Seth Tisdale – master carpenter was responsible for the framing and ornamental woodwork in the house

  • In 1929, in accordance with George Nixon Black Jr.’s will, the house became a museum and the land a public park.


  • Originally used as a work area for the servants including a kitchen and dry storage. It is not known if this structure was built at the same time as the house. It is not mentioned in records until an insurance document in 1842.

  • 2nd story added to the Ell in 1910 for housing of caretaker families rather than having them living in the attic of the house.

  • The one-story section at the end, which is now used for storage, was once where firewood was stored to keep the seven fireplaces in the house going.

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