In the mid-1760s Abraham Choate, an up-and-coming gentleman, had this house built for himself, his wife Sarah, and their growing family. Choate and other prosperous colonists joined a wave of house building as the Ipswich region became an important center of trade within the British empire. The size and style of the house—with six heated rooms, many large windows, and fine finishes—was an outward sign of Choate’s rising status and a community’s prosperity.
How did the Choates display their social standing? This room is full of clues.