Otis House

The End of the Otis Era

Withdrawing Room Inventory, John Osborn, 1819


The Otises sold their house and surrounding land in 1801 to John Osborn, a paint merchant who owned a warehouse and store on Long Wharf. John Osborn died unexpectedly at age forty eight in 1819, leaving no will.  A room-by-room inventory of the contents of the house at the time of Osborn’s death provides a detailed picture of the kind of furnishings and possessions found in the Drawing Room, including twelve arm chairs, a sofa, silk curtains, a “Grecian” lamp.

By 1822 the house was divided into two and sold, along with the surrounding land.