The Forbes House Museum, built in 1833, is a historic Greek revival mansion, built for Margaret Mitchell Perkins by her sons, Captain Robert Bennet Forbes (1804-1889) and John Murray Forbes (1813-1898). Captain Forbes was an America China trade merchant, designer, writer and philanthropist of international stature. Throughout the 19th century, the Captain and his family were leaders in U.S trade with Canton , establishing the Boston-based Russell and Company. The Museum collection includes Chinese export porcelain and silver, and America, European and Chinese paintings and furniture. Mary Bowditch Forbes (1878-1962), granddaughter of the Captain, collected President Lincoln memorabilia, and built a replica of Lincoln's log cabin on the grounds of the estate.
The Forbes House Museum is located on Milton Hill, overlooking the Boston city skyline, Neponset River marshes and the Boston Harbor.
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