The Talbot Home celebrates annual tradition with tea
Rockland — One of the city's oldest institutions for elderly residents celebrated with a fundraising tea on Sept. 15.
Trustees of The Talbot Home on Talbot Avenue held a silver tea to raise funds for the nonprofit residential care facility.
About 75 people attended the event, said Barbara Marsh, secretary for the board of directors.
"We revived the tea three years ago," she said. "The tea was our first fundraiser in the very beginning."
Opened in 1900 on North Main Street for the city's senior citizens, the institution was known as The Home for Aged Women and had one occupant the first year. The idea for a home for senior citizens had been discussed for about 20 years prior it its opening when it was introduced by then-local resident Lavinia Thorndike in 1882, said Marsh.
The institution was moved in 1963 to 73 Talbot Avenue to a house donated by Joan Talbot Foote and Marion Talbot Lilley, said Marsh. "It was then renamed The Talbot Home and accommodated couples as well as women," she said.
The home is in a three-story Victorian house that was made famous in a painting by American painter Edward Hopper. The building has accommodations for six people and is maintained through an endowment fund set up by siblings Harry and Maude Pratt, who were descendants of the Talbot family and teachers at the Good Will School in Hinckley, Marsh said.
The home is overseen by a volunteer board of directors, consisting of Charles Heald, president; William Maddox, vice president; Marsh, secretary; and M.C. Ingraham, treasurer; and run by Nancy Riley, administrator.
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