Parson Capen House

Parson Capen House
The Parson Capen House is one of the finest surviving example of Elizabethan architecture in America. The house is situated on a knoll overlooking the Common, originally on a twelve acre lot of land granted Reverend Capen by the Town in 1682. Parson Capen served the Church in Topsfield for 44 years until his death.

The Topsfield Historical Society purchased the house in 1913. It was restored under the direction of George Francis Dow, and an official housewarming was held on January 14, 1914.

The property is open afternoons, June 15 to Sept 15, on Sunday, Wednesday and Friday afternoons from 1:00pm - 4:00pm. Our docents will explain the history of the House and Grounds.

Download written directions(pdf file). View interactive map here.

Marker designating the Parson Capen House as a National Historic Landmark possessing national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America.In 1960 the Parson Capen House was designated a National Historic Landmark. In awarding the designation the U.S. Department of Interior stated that this site possesses national significance in commemorating the history of the United States of America.