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The Wild House, Washington St., circa 1869
Commonly known as the “Charles Wild House”, photo by Augustine Folsom. Dr. Charles Wild, the well-known town physician, owned the house until his death in 1864. It was then briefly owned by William Lincoln before being purchased by Stephen Dexter Bennett circa 1868. It was originally addressed as 446 Washington St. and it is now 26 Weybridge Rd. The house still stands today.

The figures shown in the photograph are consistent with Bennett family members and servants. The little girl in the carriage is probably Helen Maud Bennett, b. Oct 1868, and the young boy is probably Stephen Howe Bennett, b. Sep 1865. The women are unidentified – the 1870 census lists two female domestic servants and Helen Francis (Howe) Bennett, Stephen’s wife.

[Courtesy of the Digital Commonwealth (CC BY-NC-ND). From the Brookline Photograph Collection published by the Public Library of Brookline]