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About the Friends of the Job Lane House

The Friends of the Job Lane House, Inc., is a non-profit, tax exempt organization under Section 501(c)3 of the IRS code.

The Job Lane House and the Job Lane Barn are

  • owned by the Town of Bedford, Massachusetts and
  • managed by the Bedford Historic Preservation Commission.

The Bedford Garden club maintains the Lillian Dutton Memorial herb garden. 

Our Purpose

To the end that the Job Lane House/Barn may be a memorial to the character of the American colonists of Bedford, Massachusetts, and the site of continuing historical interest, the purposes of this organization are

  • to support, aid, and cooperate with the Bedford Historic Preservation Commission (BHPC) in the restoration, preservation, and maintenance of the Job Lane House/Barn and its grounds;
  • to conduct programs and activities for the enhancement of the Job Lane House/Barn and its grounds;
  • to conduct programs and activities for the educational and social benefit of its members, the school children, and all other citizens of Bedford and the larger community;
  • to collect, preserve, and display artifacts and records pertinent to the history of the Job Lane House/Barn, past and present;
  • to conduct campaigns for raising funds, and to accept contributions from individuals, corporations, government grants, organizations, and foundations to be used for any necessary expenses connected with the operation, preservation, or improvement of the House/Barn and grounds;
  • to print, edit, and publish, make, display, and sell books, pamphlets, magazines (and the like), pictures, slides, and films and/or any other article necessary or desirable for the accomplishment of the purposes of this organization;
  • to coordinate other group's activities and to safeguard the House/Barn.


The Friends of the Job Lane House, Inc. are privileged to have a small collection of antiques for the furnishing of the Museum House. These are carefully accessioned, researched, and photographed by the Curator. In addition, the Bedford Historical Society has placed many of its pieces with the Friends for permanent display. Great effort is made on the one hand to have all of the pieces seen by visitors, and on the other hand to keep them safe.

We seek to add to our collection. Our limited funds allow us to purchase some essential pieces, but we are very receptive to donations of furniture and artifacts that are of the period of our house, circa 1700 1860. The Curator receives these and determines their suitability with the advisement of the Furnishings Committee. Donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law. If you have questions about any of the furnishings, or are considering donating an item, please contact the Curator, Sharon McDonald (781-275-5643)

The Furniture Committee and Furniture Fund

Furnishings Committee was established in 1999 and its first activities involved contacting a number of professional consultants for advice about how to proceed with its assigned acquisition program.

The need for establishing a dedicated Furnishings Fund became apparent in 2001 when the opportunity to purchase a Federal (1820) Sheraton style arched canopy bed was suddenly presented to the Committee which had no specific financial resources for this purpose. A fund-raising program was thus subsequently authorized by the Board of Directors to establish the Fund to be used specifically to take advantage of sudden opportunities to purchase appropriate period furnishings at the most favorable prices.

Since its inception, the Fund has provided resources for the purchase, among others, of three major pieces: the above-mentioned Sheraton canopy bed, an 18th century tavern table, and, most recently, an 1830 Sheraton style chest to compliment the canopy bed.

Contributions to this Fund are most welcome as are donations of authentic antique furnishings considered by the Committee to be appropriate for the periods represented by the architecture of the house.




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