William Ellery Channing Eustis (1849-1932) was the young patriarch of the estate. His parents moved to Milton in the early years of his childhood, purchasing an eighteenth-century house just north of here. Called W.E.C. by his family and friends, Eustis was a Harvard-educated engineer who owned two mines and a smelting company during his lifetime. He was an avid yachtsman and, during his later years, enjoyed hunting wildlife in Florida. An amateur photographer, W.E.C. had a dark room installed in the basement of his mansion. He captured many scenes of his active family on their Milton estate.