For over 100 years, the Sargent House was the home of sea merchants, patriots and community leaders. A fine example of high-style Georgian domestic architecture, the house was built in 1782 for Judith Sargent Stevens Murray (1751-1820), a philosopher, writer and an early advocate of women's equality.
Today, the Sargent House Museum seeks to engage the public in the life, times, writings, and home of Judith Sargent Stevens Murray, a pioneering advocate of women’s education and equality. Moreover, the Sargent House Museum seeks to empower women and men, young and old, to value women’s equality, education and role in the community for the benefit of the common good.
Visitors to the Sargent House Museum will also learn about the early history of Gloucester from its beginnings as a farming and lumbering outpost to its evolution into the country's premier seaport. In addition, visitors will be able to explore a collection of original works by the great portrait painter, John Singer Sargent (1856-1925), a descendant of the Sargent family, who loved the house and its ties to Post-Revolutionary Gloucester.