Can Twitter Save this House?

Copyright © Preservation Massachusetts. Used under the Creative Commons License.

UPDATE: This house has been demolished. We fought a good battle, unfortunately, we lost it. Read more here:


In the last few weeks and days, we’ve witnessed the power of Twitter and other social media outlets in spreading democracy to many parts of the world. I didn’t really believe much in Twitter because I didn’t understand how it worked, but now that I do, I believe that Twitter and those who use it have the power to influence people and make change happen.

How cool would it be to use Twitter to not only promote our cultural heritage, but to also save it. Could social media be the next most effective tool in preservation advocacy? Have you ever heard of the power of ten? That is, I get ten friends to give ten dollars towards a cause. Each of those ten friends then asks ten of their friends to give ten dollars towards the same cause. The cycle continues. If you subscribe to my blog could you forward this post to ten of your friends? Who knows, maybe we’ll find someone who is interested in preserving our cultural heritage by halting the demolition of this house:

The house is a 1780 Federal-style house in Dudley, Massachusetts and was home of Abiel “Priest” Williams, who was a minister in Dudley for 32 years. The house is historically and architecturally significant and was once considered “one of the most magnificent dwellings in Federalist Dudley” according to the Dudley Historical Commission. The current owners are willing to sell the house for $1 to anyone willing to relocate it, but if no one buys it, then it will fall to the wrecking ball and that would be really sad. Who do you know that may help save this house? The house was listed in 2010 as one of the Most Endangered Historic Resources in the state of Massachusetts by the statewide preservation organization; Preservation Massachusetts. That says a lot about this resource.

More information here and here and here.

Leave a comment


  1. What a great idea. You’re right, social media has already shown it’s power in the political arena, why not harness it for cultural benefits?

    Is anyone actively collecting to save it?

    • Hi Nancy, thank you for your comment. Yes, there is a group of people in Dudley and throughout western, MA actively working to save it. We need to spread the word around and hopefully find someone who is willing to buy it, move it and protect it. Would you be kind enough to spread the word? Thanks!

      • I would be happy to. Do you have a specific URL or @name to draw attention to direct interested parties?

      • At the bottom of this post there is a link to An article by Preservation Massachusetts, in the bottom of that article there are two phone numbers and email addresses of those

  2. I have posted your blog to the Historic Houses Group on Facebook. That should help get the word out a bit. I’ll do a blog post too.

  3. Anulfo,
    I like the way you think!

    I’ll Tweet this up too and see what happens.


  4. This is a wonderful idea! I’ve tweeted it as well. And you’re very welcome to publicize it with a guest post on my site “Voices of the Past” (, which is about using social media to advocate for cultural heritage. We’ve had a series going called “Can you help this heritage project?” that features stories like this one. E-mail me if you’re interested.


    • Hi Jeff! Thank you for your comment and thank you for offering to help out as well. I’ve sent your information to someone who is working very closely with the Dudley Historical Commission. He is also on twitter @CitizenWald

      Thanks for your help, I think social media can do more than we think it can. Fingers crossed.

  5. I would be happy to include an article about this on my site now even though it does not officially launch until March 21. There is a good following already and one of our focuses is going to be on historical sites and to bring more awareness out there on the many treasures we have that people may not know about. If there are any others of interest out there I’d be happy to include as well.

    Good Luck

  6. carrie sisk

     /  February 27, 2011

    i saw this link on marins facebook page….actually on an old house facebook page we are both members of.. i posted it to my page too. get the work out! ive been trying to save a house here in va for years to no avail. im 150% for saving ALL the old houses!!! good luck!!

  1. Tweets that mention Can Twitter Save this House? « The Evolving Critic --

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: