1 folders+ 1 glass lantern slide and 1 photographic print
Mixed archival materials
United States of America, Massachusetts, Norfolk County, Franklin
Oakwald (Franklin, Massachusetts)
Oakwald is a Georgian Revival style brick mansion built circa 1921 by Harry Taft Hayward (b. 1868) on a seven acre parcel. The house is approached by a long drive bordered by an avenue of deciduous trees. The extensive garden had many formal planted beds connected by grass walkways. There were Georgian style high brick walls planted with vines and flagstone walkways. A tiled pool contained an antique fountain. There were rock gardens and a pond with small waterfalls.
The 12,570 square foot house, considered the most substantial in the district, is set back from the town common. Part of the original property is now owned by St. Mary's Church, which built St. Mary's School along Main Street frontage. The Craftsman/Tudor style garage on the property was built c. 1910 and is now owned by St. Mary's Church.
Harry Taft Hayward was a prominent businessman who owned several woolen and cotton mills in New England. His wife was Edith C. Wires (b. 1872).
Persons associated with the garden include Harry Taft Hayward and Edith C. Wires Hayward (former owners, 1920s).
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