House of Blues

A house with a painful Revolutionary War history

LGH North Side Credit Lori DeSantis
Photo: Lori DeSantis

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he military hospital where the colonial wounded were taken from the Battle of Bunker Hill, the Georgian-style Loring-Greenough House had been built in 1760 by Joshua Loring, an American who served as an officer in the Royal Navy and had fled for his safety. It also served as headquarters for General Nathanael Greene, the youngest brigadier general in the Continental Army and confidante of George Washington who rose to the post of quartermaster general.

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The son of a sea captain, William Haynes became a silversmith who specialized in flutes. Today the William S. Haynes Company, opened in 1888, is the oldest continuously operating manufacturer of handmade flutes in the United States, whose flutes are used by musicians including Jean-Pierre Rampal and Kathy Chastain. The factory, at 12 Piedmont St., has free tours.

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