The Shirley-Eustis House was built in Roxbury as a summer residence between 1747 and 1751 by William Shirley, appointed Royal Governor of Massachusetts Bay Colony and Commander-in-Chief of all British forces in North America by George II. Often regarded as "Shirley Place," the original summer home is one of the few remaining Royal Colonial Governors' mansions in the country.
In 1960 "Shirley Place" was awarded the prestigious designation of National Historic Landmark. One of a handful of Boston's national landmarks that pre-date 1750, the house represents an unusually long continuum in American history, serving as the home of two distinguished Governors - one Royal, William Shirley, and one Federal, William Eustis.
"Shirley Place" has also been occupied by, among others, the Massachusetts Sixth Foot Regiment when it served as a Revolutionary War barracks during the Siege of Boston in 1775; Jean-Baptiste du Buc, the Haitian counselor to Louis XVI of France; Captain James Magee, an Irish-American who prospered in the China Trade, and scores of other immigrants in the 19th and 20th centuries.
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