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Old Time Remedies in New England - Shirley-Eustis House

Posted: July  20, 2012     Nancy J Conrad

Shirley-Eustis House

The Shirley-Eustis House Presents: Old Time Remedies in New England
Sunday July 29, 2012  Time: 2:00 pm

The Shirley-Eustis House, National Historic Landmark house museum and carriage house in Roxbury, Massachusetts is pleased to present a special afternoon lecture entitled, “Old Time Remedies in New England” with Executive Director Patti Violette on Sunday, July 29, 2012 at 2:00 p.m. at Shirley Place, 33 Shirley Street, Roxbury, MA.

In prehistoric times, the Indians and, in Colonial times, the early settlers had no choice but to depend on nature for their medicines. The Colonists had few resources for traditional European medicine and physicians, but they quickly learned that the Indians of New England had hundreds of tried and true remedies, learned no doubt over hundreds of years of experimentation and treatment.

The science of studying and testing the therapeutic properties of plants is called Pharmacognosy. Little did the early settlers and Indians realize that they were the Pharmacognosists of New England.

“This is the first lecture in our summer series that examines the diversity of these two cultures,” said Executive Director Patti Violette. “We do not know if the Indians had any direct impact upon our medicine, nor do we know if our influences as early settlers effected the growth of pharmacopoeia as we know it today. What we do know in the 21st-century is that there is a renewed interest in the use of herbs as cures.”


Admission to this special program is only $5.00 for adults, $4.00 for students and seniors; FREE when paying regular tour admission fees.

Refreshments will be served following the lecture.

For more information about Shirley Place, its architecture, residents, gardens and collections, visit www.shirleyeustishouse.org, call 617-442-2275 or become a fan on our Facebook page to stay connected to our events and announcements.

The Shirley-Eustis House, 33 Shirley Street, Roxbury, MA, built in 1747 for Royal Governor William Shirley, was once a sprawling estate of 33 acres. It continues to sit majestically in Roxbury surrounded by beautiful gardens and historic fruit orchards and remains the most imposing and best preserved of the four standing colonial governors' homes in the United States.

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