Old Houses of Needham





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Major Ebenezer McIntosh House 1822
20 Farnham Circle

Major Ebenezer McIntosh, son of Colonel William McIntosh, was the keeper of The McIntosh Tavern on the corner of Great Plain and Central Ave. In 1822 Ebenezer McIntosh build a home for himself after his wife died.

The house was purchased by Dr. Josiah Noyes who helped Asa Kingsbury draw the 1834 map of Needham. Dr. Noyes is also remembered for growing delicious watermelons in his garden. Children were often stealing Dr. Noyes' watermelons from his garden. To figure out which children were stealing the watermelons Dr. Noyes injected them with caster oil. Caster oil gives a person a horrible stomach ache and severe diarrhea. The sick children that came to his office the next day with stomach aches were the ones Dr. Noyes knew stole his watermelons.


Julie Likel Minarski and Kathleen Martell
Needham Public Schools, Needham MA
June 2006