Major Joseph Griswold House – Buckland, MA

Photo of the Major Joseph Griswold House in Buckland, MAThe GFA recently received a message from the current owner of the Major Joseph Griswold house on Upper Street in Buckland, MA will be placed on the market very soon.  There have been many wonderful renovations such as a new kitchen, central air, solar panels, 4 bay garage updated from the carriage shed, and so forth. The owner has taken good care of the house and would love to see it go back to someone in the Griswold family.

The Major Joseph Griswold House, also sometimes referred to as the Mary Lyon House, was designed by Asher Benjamin and built in 1818 in the Federal period style for Major Joseph Griswold, who was the son of an American Revolutionary War soldier.   Between 1824 and 1829, Griswold allowed Mary Lyon to establish a school for women in the house. When Mary Lyon started teaching, she used the third floor ballroom of this house to teach Latin, science, and history to her female students. This was a unique curriculum because most young women at that time were usually limited to studying subjects such as painting, needlework and music.  The school eventually outgrew the space and eventually became Mount Holyoke College.  The house was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1972.

If you are interested in connecting with the owner to learn more about the property, please email us at:  contact@griswoldfamily.org.