Jordan Marsh: New England's Largest Store

Forest Hills Cemetery

The Forest Hills Cemetery and the Forest Hills Educational Trust PRESENT:

A BOOK SIGNING AND LECTURE EVENT — with Author and Historian Anthony Sammarco

Sunday, November 12th at 2PM

Join Anthony M. Sammarco and hear the author himself speak about his latest book. Founded in 1851 by Eben Dyer Jordan and Benjamin L. Marsh, Jordan Marsh opened their first store on Milk Street in Boston selling linen, silk, calicos, ribbons and assorted dry goods to Victorian Bostonians. Following the Civil War, the store moved to Winthrop Square and later to Washington Street where, in its new five story store, they unveiled the novel concept of “department shopping” under one roof.

From the late 19th century on, Jordan Marsh offered a selection of goods such as clothing, furniture, children’s toys and a plethora of other delights that attracted shoppers six days a week. The store offered personal service with the adage that the customer is always right, easy credit, art exhibitions, and musical performances. It soon became a treasured part of life for shoppers who went to town, especially during the holidays with The Enchanted Village of Saint Nicholas. By 1951 Jordan Marsh expanded to the suburbs with its first store at Shopper’s World in Framingham, and by the 1970’s it was the largest chain in New England. Many people mourned when Jordan Marsh was sold and the Macy’s name went up on the stores in 1995.

The Jordans (both founder and his son) and the Mitton Family, all buried at Forest Hills, would serve as presidents of the department store from 1851 to 1971.

Come hear about the fascinating past of Boston’s first department store by the author of the upcoming history of this once important institution. A book signing will follow the lecture.

Admission:  $10 for advance tickets; $12 day of the lecture

Books will be available to purchase from the author for $22




Anthony Sammarco is the author of more than 60 books and lectures widely on the history and development of Boston, his native city.  Titles include Lost Boston, and many books in the Images of America series from Arcadia Publishing such as Forest Hills Cemetery and Christmas Traditions in Boston.