My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wisconsin, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

Please check out the labels on the right side for articles. The header tabs at the top are a work in progress.

Friday, November 23, 2018

Merrimack River Valley House, Inside at a Past Christmas

The Merrimack River Valley House, also known as The Old Ladies Home, a well-cared for 1881 Victorian home in Lowell, Massachusetts, has been closed for several years. I took these photos in December 2015, when I heard it would be closed. I often visited two residents, one being my mother-in-law. When it closed in November 2016, the residents were moved into a local nursing home. The 520 Fletcher Street house is now, The House of Hope, a homeless shelter.

These photos were taken on the first floor, but the stockings were on the 2nd floor. The ladies lived on the 2nd and 3rd floors, and used an elevator, never the stairs. As you can see, it was a beautiful facility, especially at Christmas. They also had the healthiest, freshest food, all home cooked for them. As a guest, I was able to eat there. The house had 31 bedrooms and 9 bathrooms.

I thought some Lowell residents, here or afar would like to see these pictures. (sorry some are blurry.) 

The Lowell Sun had an article about the closing: