Why was a Child's shoe hidden in the wall of a House for 300 years?
On Sunday May 21, the Boxborough Historical Society conducted its annual “Hidden Treasures” event. Every May for the last 8 years, Freedom's Way, a consortium of 45 cities and towns that were involved in the events of 1775, has sponsored a "Hidden Treasures" event to highlight notable items and places in each municipality. This year Duncan Brown of the Boxborough Historical Society explained the story of why a child’s shoe was hidden in the wall of a Boxborough house for 300 years and the journey the shoe took to come home to the Boxborough Museum.
The house, owned by James and Hannah Whitcomb, was built in 1721 in a portion of Harvard later incorporated into Boxborough in 1783. During renovations in the 1950’s the small shoe was discovered within a wall in the oldest part of the house. Concealed shoes have a long history throughout Europe and in early New England homes and a single child’s shoe was commonly used.
The presentation took place in the Morse Hilberg Room of the Boxborough Town Hall at 29 Middle Road starting at 1:00 pm.
Click here to view the presentation.