- Five Slat, ladderback, fireside chair, c. 1700.
- Birch and ash with turned mushroom armrests.
- Believed made in Springfield. First owned by Peletiah Glover II, (1665-1737) of Springfield, Mass., son of Springfield's
second minister Rev. Peletiah Glover.
- Peletiah II deeded extensive properties to his sons, and the inventory lists three great chairs. Son Thomas (1688-1775) moved
to Wilbraham (then the Outward Commons of Springfield) and c. 1740 built a house on what is now Maple Street. In all likelyhood,
the chair accompanied Thomas to Wilbraham.
- Thomas left his property to his nephew, John Glover (1753-1830), who c.1780 built a house which stands today at 10 Maple Street.
- The chair was found in the 1780 house which was purchased in 1836 by John Baldwin (1803-1880), grandson of Rev. Moses Baldwin, minister
of Palmer, Mass..
- Chair descended in the Baldwin family of Wilbraham through the mid 1990s.
- Acquired January 1998 by the Atheneum Society of Wilbraham. On display at The Old Meeting House Museum, 450 Main Street, Wilbraham.
Thank you for your help and contributions!
Acquisition Committee: Pete Ablondi, 596-6700;
Bob Swallow, 596-4761; Ross Karlson, 596-6526; Len Surdyka, 596-8208; Morrie Hayn, 596-4795;
Carol Albano, Wilbraham Historical Commission, 596-6657; and Glen Clark.
The Old Meeting House
450 Main Street, Wilbraham, MA
Operated for Residents and Friends by
The Atheneum Society of Wilbraham
Local People Preserving Historic Wilbraham