Friday, February 5, 2016

The Francis Wyman House turns 350 years old this year!

The Francis Wyman House, 2015

There is a lot of news coming from the Francis Wyman Association.  Francis Wyman is my 10th great grandfather.  He was born in Westmill, Hertfordshire, England in 1617 and settled in Woburn, Massachusetts (his homestead is now located in the town of Burlington).  He had two wives and twelve children, and a lot of descendants.  The Francis Wyman Association has owned the Francis Wyman house since 1900, and was founded for the preservation of the historic homestead.  It is not owned by the town or a historic society.

The Francis Wyman House was built in 1666 and still stands on 56 Francis Wyman Road.  Read below about how you can attend a public open house.   On the grounds of the Wyman home, next to the driveway, is a stone wall and a mysterious stone chamber.  No one has been able to explain the purpose of the stone chamber, which is topped by a two ton flat piece of granite. It is presumed that the chamber was built before European contact.

The Stone Chamber at the Wyman Homestead, Burlington, Massachusetts
The "roof" of the stone chamber, seen from the side of the stone wall

The FWA has set up a new Facebook page.  If you are interested in historic homes, or if you are a WYMAN descendant, or just a fan, please go to this link and click “Like” to receive all the newest information about the house, history and events going on in 2016.

Here is an excerpt from an email from Jon Wyman, the president of the Francis Wyman Association:

“The big news this month is that the Boston ABC station, WCVB will air a show about new England stone and stone walls (possibly including our stone chamber) on their nightly show called Chronicle this Thursday evening, February 4th at 7:30PM [this aired last night].  That's 7:30 on Ch 5 in Boston for those of you in our viewing area.  For the rest of you, they stream the show live on their website  

Fair warning: streaming can be a bit sketchy at times, but they also post the individual segments on their site the following day, under the heading "Chronicle HD Videos"    Those links are up only a few days, but if you bookmark them you will have access forever and can share with far-flung friends, family. “

Here are some upcoming events at the Francis Wyman House, located at 56 Francis Wyman Road, Burlington, Massachusetts.   The house Is open to the public on the second Saturday of the month from May to September.

May 14th -  Preservation Month celebration

June 11 -   Open house day in Burlington for historic sites

June 9 -   To be announced

August 13 -  “Celebrate Burlington Day”, open house and colonial games and crafts on the town common

September 10th -  To be announced

October 8th -  Francis Wyman Association annual meeting and family reunion.  Our 350th birthday!

Francis Wyman Association website

“Thursday, February 4: Romancing the Stone on the Main Streets and Back Roads of New England”, HD video of WCVB Channel 5 Boston’s Chronicle TV show featuring the stone chamber at the Francis Wyman House in Burlington, Massachusetts.


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Heather Wilkinson Rojo, "The Francis Wyman House turns 350 years old this year!", Nutfield Genealogy, posted February 5, 2016, ( accessed [access date]). 


  1. I have a 1737-1801 Mary Wyman and I've been unsuccessful in finding her parents and any possible link to Francis. She was married twice - first to Thomas Capen (my line) and second to Thomas Larkin.

    1. Pam, contact Ginny Mucciaccio through the Francis Wyman Association. She is the genealogist for the family association and she might be able to help. She is also one of my Facebook friends, so you could message her that way. Email or use the message form on the website.

  2. Thanks for posting this! I am also a descendant. He is my 9th great-grandfather.