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Royall House and Slave Quarters

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Great insight into prerevolutionary war America

One normally doesn't associate slavery with Massachusetts but this estate was owned by a family... read more

Reviewed 25 August 2018
The Villages, Florida
Very interesting

We visited the Royall House a couple of years ago and found it really interesting. You don't... read more

Reviewed 10 February 2018
Anne-Christine R
Boston, Massachusetts
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Reviewed 25 August 2018

One normally doesn't associate slavery with Massachusetts but this estate was owned by a family from the Caribbean island of Antigua who made their money from sugar cane and brought with them over 20 enslaved servants. The Georgian mansion is beautiful and there are many...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed 10 February 2018

We visited the Royall House a couple of years ago and found it really interesting. You don't associate MA with slave history so it is a great reminder of how some families made their fortunes. The place has been lovingly maintained.

Date of experience: March 2017
Thank Anne-Christine R
Reviewed 31 October 2017

Even for those such as my wife and myself who have visited many, many histrionic houses over the years. I was visiting for a Harvard Law School reunion and since the Isaac Royall arms modified for the law school had been recently controversial and removed...More

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed 28 October 2017

The Royal House Slaves Quarters was a full fledged escape route back in the day. It helped many slaves to be able to aloud there capture.

Date of experience: July 2017
Thank Joseph T
Reviewed 3 October 2017

Royall House is one of many historic homes to be visited in New England - it's a lovely structure filled with antiques and it exemplifies well the lives of early colonists in the USA. What sets this house tour apart are the slave quarters and...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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Reviewed 13 August 2017

I have wanted to visit the Royall House and Slave Quarters for some time, and am very glad that we did. This is a very impressive Colonial house from the outside, and inside there are many very interesting rooms. The history of the Royall family...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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Reviewed 17 July 2017

My guide, Penny Outlaw, is a member of the Board of Directors of this interesting historic site. She communicated very effectively the history of the Royall House with its slave quarters, and of the 550 acre plantation that once surrounded the property. Few Americans know...More

Date of experience: July 2017
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Reviewed 13 March 2017

The Royall House And Slave Quarters in Medford, Massachusetts is a very interesting step back in time. The premises have been well-maintained and the original furnishings, etc. have been carefully preserved for visitors.More

Date of experience: April 2016
Thank GraceMarieGMC
RHSQ, staff at Royall House and Slave Quarters, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2017

Thank you so much for visiting, and for your lovely review. Our museum has been fortunate to receive generous donations of antique furniture and household items over the years, and we have done our best to furnish the mansion as it might have looked in...More

Reviewed 18 October 2016

This part of history is not widely known. The Royal House was part of the underground railroad during the slave trade. The home is in it's original splendor and it's history is a great learning tool for our past.More

Date of experience: October 2016
Thank John H
RHSQ, staff at Royall House and Slave Quarters, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2017

Thank you so much for visiting and taking the time to share your review. The Royall family held some 60 enslaved Africans on their Medford estate in the 18th century, when slavery was legal in all 13 colonies. Unfortunately, we have no evidence that it...More

Reviewed 28 September 2016 via mobile

Tom Lincoln is the director and gives an excellent overview of the slave quarters. The only surviving slave quarters in Massachusetts. Excellent preservation.

Date of experience: September 2016
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14 September 2016|
Response from MedfordMA | Reviewed this property |
Of course, UBER it! Or better yet, call the hotel and ask the front desk person/concierge to arrange it. If you are a walker, it is just over 2 miles (Rt 16 to Harvard St to Main) and from Medford Square (go to Real Italian... More
14 September 2016|
Response from Cheryl C | Reviewed this property |
We have many bus routes that you could use.