The The Sargent House Museum is a local history and art museum. It contains a small but impressive collection of antique furniture, decorative arts and portrait paintings, featuring artists such as John Singer Sargent (a family descendant), Thomas Sully, James Frothingham and others. The house was built in 1782 for Judith Sargent Murray and her husband John Stevens. Judith was one of the early advocates for women's equality. Her seminal work, On the Equality of the Sexes, became a foundation on which later advocates based their ideas. A few of her personal belongings are on display in the museum. The museum also details the history of Gloucester, from its beginnings as a lumber outpost to a thriving seaport. Judith's second husband, John Murray, was the founder of the Universalist Church.