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Mary Baker Eddy House Mary Baker Eddy House at 400 Beacon St.
Copyright 1997, The First Church of Christ, Scientist. All Rights Reserved.

Mary Baker Eddy Mary Baker Eddy
Copyright 1997, The First Church of Christ, Scientist. All Rights Reserved.

Mary Baker Eddy (1821-1910), religious founder

The house at 400 Beacon St. is associated with Mary Baker Eddy, founder of the Christian Scientists. The story is told that when 86-year old author and reformer Mary Baker Eddy first saw her new home at 400 Beacon Street in January of 1908, she wept. This large stone mansion on the edge of Boston was a departure from Eddy's humble New Hampshire roots, and it dwarfed the house in Lynn, MA where she completed her major work, Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures. But by 1908, circulation of Eddy's book had reached nearly a half-million copies, and she had become pastor of her own church, president of a teaching college, and founder of a publishing house. One reporter of the the time wrote that Eddy "is without doubt one of the most remarkable women in America" Today, visitors to this well-preserved residence will sense the vitality of thought that characterized the last three years of Eddy's life. It was here, at age 87, that Eddy conceived and set in motion the publication of an international newspaper, the now famous Christian Science Monitor. Its purpose, she announced, was "to injure no man, but to bless all mankind." A tribute to Eddy's vision, her newspaper has earned six Pulitzer Prizes since its founding, and today is one of the world's most respected daily journals. Her book, Science and Health, has sold over nine million copies worldwide, and has been translated into sixteen languages and Braille.

The Mary Baker Eddy House is located at 400 Beacon Street in the Chestnut Hill Historic District in Newton, MA. The house is owned by Longyear Museum and is open for tours by appointment. Please call 617-278-9000 for further information.

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