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 - Millis

Overview

Named for its founder, Lansing Millis, Millis is a quintessential picturesque New England suburb. Just nineteen miles southwest of Boston, and easily accessible by routes 109 and 115, it is made up of lovely residential and rural areas and is dotted with serene lakes, rolling meadows. and bubbling brooks.

 

History

Formerly East Medway, Millis, a town rich in history, incorporated as a separate town in 1885. Millis is home to several historical buildings with the most notable being the Niagara Hall Fire House. This recently renovated firehouse was built in 1878 and is covered almost completely on the inside by flowing murals created by Boston artist George Story. The town is currently pushing to restore the original artwork and return this one-of-a-kind historical landmark to its former glory. 

Recreation

As autumn returns, so too does our signature fall foliage, and there is no better place to enjoy the colors than the many picturesque parks, ponds, and trails in Millis. Enjoy the season on the waters of Bugastow Brook and the Charles River, or on one of the many hiking and horse-riding trails that criss-cross the Millis Landscape. 

 

Dining

Adding to the flavor of Millis, Twist Bakery Café is known nationally as a pioneer for recipes devised for the gluten-sensitive and those with food allergies. Their entire menu is gluten-free and nut-free (except coconut), and most of their items are even dairy-free.  If you’re looking to grab a bite somewhere a little more traditional, Primavera offers up a wide variety of classic Italian dishes with a dash of all- American favorites, all in a lovely upscale environment.