In 1743, Royal Governor of Massachusetts William Shirley built the Shirley-Eustis house to serve as his country estate. During the American Revolution, this home served as a barracks and a hospital for the Massachusetts Sixth Regiment during the Siege of Boston. It also housed and privateer Captain James Magee during its Colonial period.After Massachusetts Governor William Eustis acquired the home in the early 19th century, he revitalized the tradition of housing famous guests. Many influential American politicians visited the home, like Benjamin Franklin, John Quincy Adams, Henry Clay, and John C. Calhoun. After William Eustisis’s widow died in 1865, the Shirley-Eustis House fell into disrepair. However, it was saved from demolition and restored by the Shirley-Eustis House Association in 1985.