If the Oaks could talk, she would have a lot to say. She was born in 1774 to loyalist Judge Timothy Paine (1730 – 1793) of Worcester, Massachusetts. She housed soldiers during the Revolution. She was home to Dr. William Paine (1750 – 1833) who is credited with opening Worcester’s first apothecary and was one of the founding fathers of the American Antiquarian Society. The Oaks was subsequently home to William’s son, Frederick William Paine (1788 – 1869) who served his community as representative to the General Court, selectman, and community assessor. He was a perpetual scholar and gave generously to the American Antiquarian Society’s library. When Frederick’s widow died in 1892, the Oaks almost died along with her. She stood abandoned for over 20 years until the Colonel Timothy Bigelow Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution saw her historical value and breathed life back into her rooms. The Oaks made her debut as a tea house in 1914. She served as the workplace for the Betsy Ross Squad during World War I. She was a local Red Cross headquarters during World War II. She has been the chapter house for 100 years of Daughters with the desire to preserve and promote local history, and to honor and remember soldiers of all generations. Before the Oaks was sealed up for her two-decade slumber through the turn of the 20th century, someone had the foresight to photograph some of her rooms. The black and white photos were taken around 1890, and the ones in color were taken from the same angle on an ordinary day in January of 2015.