Our Weymouth Funeral Home is an Historic Site having been an inn on the Boston to Plymouth road in the 1700’s. It was known as the Half Way House. Originally it was owned by the Rice Family who also had a furniture factory adjacent to the inn. Civil War Veteran Willard Dunbar worked with the Rice Family and was an “undertaker” as well as a Town of Weymouth official. The property was also a stop on the Underground Railroad for slaves escaping from the South and headed for freedom in Canada.
After the l850’s when the railroads ended the need for stage coaches the property became the funeral director’s residence which was on occasion utilized for funerals of those who had no home of their own. In those days funerals were held in the home of the deceased or from the home of the deceased to the Church to which the deceased belonged. Charlie W. Dunbar succeeded his father Willard as a funeral director. In the 1930’s the property was revamped into a funeral home. At that point in time funeral homes were first being accepted by the public. Charlie W. Dunbar employed my father Mortimer N. Peck who eventually succeeded him. In the early l930’s Charlie W. Dunbar selected the location in Braintree for Mortimer Peck. Originally it became operational in South Braintree and in 1933 was located in the center of town next to what was then the High School where it remains to this day.
In 1951, the Peck Funeral Homes acquired the John Hall Funeral Service in Quincy, MA. who was originated in 1842. The Hall Funeral Service handled the funeral of President and Representative John Quincy Adams who died at his desk in the House of Representatives in Washington, D.C. in l848.
Funeral service has changed greatly over the years but caring and sympathetic service remain its hallmarks.
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