History

Put our past in your future by planning a trip to a MetroWest historic venue or exhibit.

Collings Foundation

Collings Foundation

137 Barton Road, Stow 01775

978-562-9182  

Offers three major living history events annually, utilizing their collection of 75

vintage automobiles, military vehicles, racecars, aircraft, and the world’s largest collection of WWII tanks. Tours and events May 1-October 31.

Concord Museum

Concord Museum

Lexington Road, Concord 01742

978-369-9763  

The museum houses one of the oldest and most treasured collections of Americana in the country. It’s the gateway to Concord’s remarkable revolutionary and literary history, from the first shots in the battle for American independence to the legacy of Emerson and Thoreau.

Dedham Historical Society & Museum

Dedham Historical Society & Museum

612 High Street, Dedham MA 02027

781-326-1385  

Showcasing Dedham Pottery, historic furniture, silver, portraits, and other decorative arts. The library/archives include over 10,000 volumes and photographs supporting a local history/genealogical collection. 

Dwight-Derby House

Dwight-Derby House

7 Frairy Street, Medfield 02052

508-359-6565 

 

Fairbanks House, The

Fairbanks House, The

511 East Street, Dedham 02026

781-326-1170 

The Fairbanks House, c 1637, is the oldest timber-frame house in North America. It is operated as a historic house museum and is open May 1– Oct. 31.

Faulkner Homestead

Faulkner Homestead

5 High Street, Acton 01720

 

Framingham History Center

Framingham History Center

16 Vernon Street, Framingham 01701
508-872-3780  

Our rich offerings of programs, exhibitions, and community celebrations build excitement for local history, citizenship, and pride of place now and for generations to come.

Franklin Historical Museum

Franklin Historical Museum

80 West Central Street, Franklin 02038

Displays include locally discovered Native American arrowheads and stone implements, antique tools from Franklin’s industrial-age past, and an extensive collection of Civil War artifacts.

Gropius House and Codman Estate,Historic New England

Gropius House and Codman Estate,Historic New England

68 Baker Bridge Road and 34 Codman Road, Lincoln 01773

781-259-8098

Hosmer House

Hosmer House

299 Old Sudbury Road, Sudbury 01776

978-443-6722

International Museum of World War II

International Museum of World War II

Off Route 9, Natick 01760

508-651-1944  

This is the most comprehensive collection of original artifacts in the world. Over 7,000 pieces, uniquely showing the human story interwoven with the military and political. Scheduled visits only, Tuesday to Saturday.

Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House

Louisa May Alcott’s Orchard House

399 Lexington Road, Concord 01742

978-369-4118  

Marlborough Historical Society & Peter Rice Homestead

Marlborough Historical Society & Peter Rice Homestead

377 Elm Street, Marlborough 01752 

The Marlborough Historical Society is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization dedicated to historic preservation, education, and celebration in Marlborough.  Free monthly meetings and the city’s historical archives are held in the Peter Rice Homestead and Museum.

Medfield Historical Society

Medfield Historical Society

6 Pleasant Street, Medfield 02052

508-359-4773  

 

Old Sturbridge Village

Old Sturbridge Village

1 Old Sturbridge Village Road, Sturbridge 01566

800-733-1830  

Visit Old Sturbridge Village and discover New England’s premier living history museum. Tour a working 1830s town with authentically costumed citizens. History will amaze and inspire your entire family!

Olde Marlborough Inc.

Olde Marlborough Inc.

255 Main Street, Marlborough 01752 

508-579-0658  

 

Sherborn Historical Society Museum

Sherborn Historical Society Museum

19 Washington Street, Sherborn 01770

508-653-0560  

Southborough Historical Society

Southborough Historical Society

25 Common Street, Southborough 01772

 

Thayer Homestead

Thayer Homestead

2B Oak Street, Medway 02053

508-321-4800  

The Grout-Heard House (The Wayland Historical Society)

The Grout-Heard House (The Wayland Historical Society)

12 Cochituate Road, Wayland 01778

508-358-7959  

The History List

The History List

Visit our site to see a list of history-related events, museums, and exhibits in the state.

Westborough Historical Society

Westborough Historical Society

13 Parkman Street, Westborough 01581

508-898-0975  

Arts & Culture

Arts & Culture - deCordova

Arts & Culture - Re-enactors

Community Spotlight - Hudson

Overview

Sitting on the bank of the Assabet River, on the western edge of Middlesex County, Hudson has come to embody the quintessential “new New England town.” While maintaining its charming, traditional essence, the town’s revamped downtown area has injected an air of trendiness and excitement to go along with its serene natural beauty.

History

Previously a village of Marlborough, Hudson was incorporated as its own town in 1866. Taking full advantage of its location along the Assabet River, the town quickly became a thriving factory town and home to 17 different shoe factories, even becoming known as “Shoe Town.” The availability of work opportunities made it an ideal place for immigrants to come to work and raise a family, and the land was settled by newcomers of predominantly Irish and Portuguese descent.

Local Offerings

With an influx of younger residents, Hudson has become a trendier, contemporary town, and its culinary offerings reflect this demographic shift. For those who enjoy a local craft brew, there’s Medusa Brewing Company and Ground Effect Brewing Company, which pair perfectly with a variety of artisanal cheeses from downtown’s Mullahy’s cheese shop. For the even younger crowd, Hudson offers many ways to pass the time, including Cellucci Skate and Splash Park and Roller Kingdom. For those looking to liven up their personal style or home décor, Hudson’s downtown is home to several clothing and home goods boutiques with offerings from both local and international artisans. Although these local shops and boutiques add to the charm of Hudson, it is still home to many of the big-box stores that simply make life a little more convenient.