The Balch House
Located at 448 Cabot Street Beverly, Massachusetts, this is one of the oldest wood frame homes in the United States. It was purported to have been built in 1636 by John Balch, my 9th great-grandfather. Abigail Balch, my 7th great-grandmother, was born here. She married Cornelius Larcom and raised her family on the Cornelius Larcom estate. The home supposedly remained in the Balch family until 1916. The Balch Family Association acquired the home and after lots of historic renovation, it was turned over to the Beverly Historical Society and is now available for tours. I was able to tour this home in 2010 at the Balch family reunion. It is amazingly well kept and cozy inside!