114th Family Reunion

The 114th annual family reunion of the Duston-Dustin Family Association will take place on Saturday, August 11, 2018 at the Haverhill Historical Society’s Buttonwoods Museum, 240 Water Street, Haverhill, Massachusetts.

11:00 AM PROGRAM: Skip Webb “The Life Of Benjamin James and the James House, Hampton, New Hampshire”
12:30 PM LUNCH

Our featured speaker this year will be Skip Webb, president of the James House Association, Inc. Appearing in 18th Century period dress, Skip will discuss the life of Benjamin James from his life as a weaver in Newbury, Massachusetts, his 1702 marriage to Suzannah Smith, and his purchase of the James House Property in Hampton, New Hampshire, in 1705. He will describe Benjamin James’s construction of the James House in 1723, its surrounding property, and detail what farm life in the homestead was like in the middle 1700s. He will discuss why the homestead is considered an architectural gem worth preservation, and why it has been designated a National Historic site.

He will also review some of the outstanding accomplishments of the James family during the seven generations it occupied the historic homestead.

Directions: From Route 495 North or South, take Exit 49 and head east 3 miles, following the Visitor Center signs through downtown Haverhill to the Haverhill Historical Society. From Route 95 North or South, take Exit 54, and follow Route 133 to Route 97 to the Haverhill Historical Society.

Bring your lunch, and picnic at the museum. There will be a trip to the Garrison House after lunch.

(Click here for a PDF version of the meeting notice)