Isaac Winslow built this house in 1699 on land he inherited from his grandfather, Edward. The latter arrived on the Mayflower in 1620. He became the first governor of Plymouth Colony, and a founder of the town of Marshfield. For his services, he received a large grant of land from the Crown in 1632.
Isaac, the grandson, was a "gentleman farmer," whose wealth flowed from these farmland holdings. His portrait appears in the oil painting shown below. The house is remarkably well preserved. With its elaborate, classical treatments on the exterior, and its large rooms and high ceilings, it was an obvious status symbol for its time. You can learn more about the Winslow House, and the eminent Winslow family here.