Old Houses of Needham





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Tolman Gay House 1743
1196 Central Avenue

During the Revolutionary War, John Tolman lived in this house with his widowed mother. On April 19, 1775 John was seriously injured and returned to the house to recover. After he got better he returned to fight in the war.

John Tolman was a carpenter who built houses and was known as a housewright. In the mantel, above the fireplace John built a small, deep drawer that is thought to have been used to store his sword. The man in the photo is Mr. Frederic A. Jones, author of Old Houses, Needham Massachusetts.

In 1803 John and his wife moved to Vermont and the house was sold to the Gay Family.


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