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Tours

General Tour

For over 100 years, the Sargent House Museum 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.

Visitors to the Sargent House Museum 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. Visitors will also see a collection of original works by the great portrait painter John Singer Sargent (1856-1925) descendant of the Sargent family, who loved the house and its ties to Post-Revolutionary Gloucester.
 

Friday - Saturday
Memorial Day through Labor Day
12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Tours on the Hour | Last Tour at 3:00 PM
Book a Private Tour [6+ people]
Schedule a School Visit 

Judith's Literature Tour

Delve deeper into Judith’s letters, essays, poems, plays, and novels to discover the ways her surroundings and loved ones inspired her writing. Works such as “Lines Written in My Closet” and “Lines Written While Rocking a Cradle,”  as well as lesser known examples of her writings inspired by domestic settings, will be placed in the context of her home and discussed throughout tour.
 

Rotating Sundays
Memorial Day through Columbus Day
Tours on the Hour | Last Tour at 3:00 PM
Book a Private Tour [6+ people]
Schedule a School Visit 

Merchant maritime Tour

Discover the Sargent house history through the lens of the working waterfront in Gloucester's Harbor Village. This tour will highlight John Stevens', Judith's first husband, role as a captain and privateer, the Sargent family businesses and their  status as merchants, and pieces in the collection imported from places as far away as China, New Orleans, and France. In addition, this tour will focus on the transatlantic trade of goods and ideas central to the history of Gloucester and the Sargents. We will explore the material settings of Judith’s world and the ideas that influenced her best writing through the lens of trade.
 

Rotating Sundays (2019)
Memorial Day through Columbus Day
Tours on the Hour | Last Tour at 3:00 PM
Book a Private Tour [6+ people]
Schedule a School Visit 

Colonial Life Tour

Life quickly changed for the early colonists as the new nation formed. Livelihoods forever changed. Throughout the tour, visitors will have the opportunity to learn about the various roles within the family structure. Moreover, visitors will have the opportunity to explore some of the fine examples of domestic goods, such as furniture and household objects, that families relied on with the loss of trade ties outside of the new and developing nation. In addition, visitors will learn about the early superstitions of the New England colonists through our Hidden Bottles and Shoes Exhibit.
 

Rotating Sundays
Memorial Day through Columbus Day 
Tours on the Hour | Last Tour at 3:00 PM
Book a Private Tour [6+ people]
Schedule a School Visit 

Universalism Tour

Explore the role the Sargent family, especially Judith Sargent Murray, and John Murray played in the establishment of the first Universalist church in the United States in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Focusing on pieces that often get left out of our general tour, such as the family Bible and sermon purse, this tour will allow visitors to see the Sargent House from a different angle. Moreover, the tour will highlight the evolution of the house from private residence to possible community house for the Universalist Church.
 

Rotating Sundays
Memorial Day through Columbus Day
Tours on the Hour | Last Tour at 3:00 PM
Book a Private Tour [6+ people]
Schedule a School Visit 

CAndleLight Tour

See the house in a whole new light as pass through the halls of this historic eighteenth century home. With the use of candlelight, visitors have the ability to explore the home in the evening  and hear about the life of these residents intimately as if you were one of their guests for an evening gathering.  Please feel free to mention any specific interests when scheduling your tour. We will do our best to tailor the experience for your private group.
 

Private Tour Only
Book a Private Tour [6+ people]