Save General John Glover's Farmhouse!
General John Glover was a Revolutionary War hero who led the Marblehead Militia in the Battle of Brooklyn and the Crossing of the Delaware. His farmhouse is located in Swampscott, Massachusetts. The farmhouse is in danger of being demolished to make way for residential development. As of January 21, 2024, the demolition delay has expired, but the developers have assured us in writing that work on the site will not begin until after July 1, 2024.
We are raising funds to preserve it for future generations. Your donation will help us to preserve and maintain the house.
Donate Now, time is limited!
Why is this important?
General John Glover was a key figure in the American Revolution. He led the Marblehead Militia in the Battle of Brooklyn, where his regiment rescued General George Washington's army from being defeated. He also facilitated the Crossing of the Delaware, which was a turning point in the war.
General Glover's Regiment ferried Washington's army across the ice-choked Delaware River on Christmas Eve, 1776.
In 1781, Glover was rewarded for his service with an authorization to purchase the confiscated 180-acre farm of a British loyalist who had fled to England. He continued to serve his country as an elected member of the Massachusetts legislature. The farmhouse remained his home until his death in 1797.
General John Glover's statue in Boston.
The farmhouse is a reminder of Glover's important contributions to the American Revolution and his country during the immediate postwar period. It is also a rare example of a 1700s colonial farmhouse.
You may have even eaten there as it was a beloved restaurant - the General Glover Restaurant - which operated for half a century.
If the farmhouse is demolished, it will be lost to future generations.
How can you help?
You can help us to preserve the farmhouse and make necessary repairs by donating today.
Thank you for your support of this important project. Your donation will help us to preserve a piece of American history and make it accessible to future generations.
The whole story
General John Glover's farm is still privately owned. A development company has approved plans to turn his property into residential units.
For 25+ years, the site lay abandoned. Everyone believed that the house was too deteriorated to be saved. The Swampscott Historical Commission hired its own structural engineers and preservation architects who determined that the building can be salvaged! The Commission has enacted a 9-month demolition delay which expires January 20, 2024. The towns of Swampscott, Salem, Marblehead, and the Marblehead-based Glover Regiment are fundraising to explore options to preserve this historic building. Please join us in saving this historic American treasure! Donate now!
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This team raised $4,725 from 73 other donations.