We at the Mens Spa are fortunate to have our main office based in the historic Saltonstall Mansion at 187 Lake Street, Peabody, MA.The history behind this mansion is fascinating. So we thought we would share some of the background for any of you history buffs.
In 1864, Henry Saltonstall acquired the property, owned for many years by the Douty family.He spent much money improving the property and erecting the mansion house on the shore of Suntaug Lake on which the property sits.Mr. Saltonstall was the treasurer of Pacific Mills in Lawrence.He was one of the largest taxpayers in Peabody. He resided in his new home during the summer months, and lived on Commonwealth Avenue in Boston the rest of the year. He was 66 years of age at the time of his death in 1894.His wife, who survived him, was the mother of General Francis H. Appleton, whose summer residence adjoined that of Mr. Saltonstall.
Mr. Saltonstall's wife and son lived in the mansion each summer for the three years following his death, until a man by the name of Willard Spaulding burned the home of General Appleton to the ground and tried to burn Mrs. Saltonstall's residence.
John B. Pierce, vice president of the American Radiator Company of Chicago, was the next owner of this property.Following his death, his widow, Mrs. Adelaide Pierce, resided at the estate.She later married Howard Clark Davis.In 1931, tragedy struck again to an owner, when Adelaide Pierce Davis was found drowned in the waters of the lake.Mr. Davis lived in the estate for two months and then suspiciously moved to Europe.No one was ever convicted of wrongdoing in Mrs. Davis' death.
In 1934 the Puritan Lawn Memorial Park purchased the Davis estate and has laid out the beautiful cemetery that looks more like a park than cemetery.No headstones are permitted.The natural surroundings that were created by the various owners of this estate have been preserved.
Thomas B. Wellman in his History of the Town of Lynnfield and Peabody gave the following description of this lake that borders the estate.“Suntaug Lake is one of the most beautiful sheets of water in existence - a perfect picture for an artist to copy.”
Before Suntaug Lake was purchased by the City of Peabody for a water supply, it was the scene of numerous boating excursions, and picnics.Even religious services were held there and some twelve persons were baptized by immersion.
It's a pleasure for us to come each day to work and continue our own history. If you are ever in the area, drop by and we will give you a tour.