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Aptucxet Trading Post Museum
Established in 1627 for trade between the Indians and the Dutch,
the structure today is actually a replica erected on the
original foundation which was excavated in the 1920's. It
may actually have the earliest remains of a Pilgrim building.
Located on Aptucxet Road in Bourne, MA.
Bourne Village (Historical Bourne Village) [Tours]
Bourne Village was the town center before the Cape Cod Canal was
constructed. Visitors to this historical and quaint
village will find many restored buildings including the
Briggs-McDermott House, The Arabella Parker House, The Alonzo
Booth Blacksmith Shop, the home of Richard Waterhouse, the
Bourne Post Office and many other old buildings on the well
known Sandwich Road in Bourne Village, Cape Cod, Massachusetts.
The Chatham Historical Society and Museum
Located in the Atwood House (an 18th century Cape Cod), the
society has a collection of approximately 3000 objects relating
to Chatham history and an archives which contains over 2500
photos, books and documents detailing the history of Chatham.
Other exhibits include the Stallknecht Mural Barn and the
Chatham Railroad Museum
Built in 1902, the museum is housed in the original Chatham
train depot. The museum is focused on the preservation of
the station and local railroad history. Located at 100 N.
State Street in Chatham, IL.
Falmouth Museums On The Green [Katharine Lee Bates History]
Conant House & Garden
Julia Wood House
Jonathan Young Windmill
Built in the early
1700s in South Orleans, it was moved in 1839. It has been
authentically restored and donated to the town as part of the
"Town Cove Park" by the Orleans Historical Society. It is
open to the public in the summer. Located on Route 6A on
the Town Cove in Orleans, MA.
Meeting House Museum
Orleans Historical Society & Museum
Housed inside the
former Meeting House for the Universalist Church of Orleans, the
museum is operated by the Orleans Historical Society and
features a collection of genealogical information, diaries,
deeds, old photos, local artwork and artifacts related to the
early settlers of Orleans and Native Americans. Located at
the corner of Main Street and River Road in Orleans, MA.
Osterville Historical Society and Museum [History]
preserving and presenting the history of the village of
Osterville, the museum complex is located in this charming
seaside village and features beautiful historical gardens.
The collections contain decorative arts, furniture and ceramics.
Located at 155 West Bay Road in Osterville, MA.
The Whydah Pirate
Museum in Provincetown, Massachusetts features a selection of
treasures from the world's only reliably-authenticated pirate
shipwreck, discovered by underwater explorer Barry Clifford.
Just past "The Whalewatching Fleet" at 16 Macmillan Wharf
in Provincetown, MA.
Hancock Shaker Village
about the village]
This beautifully restored Shaker village is known
as the "City of Peace". Visitors will find 20 historic
structures and an enormous collection of Shaker artifacts.
The village virtually comes to life through demonstrations,
costume, exhibits and activities. Located on Route 20 in
Susan B. Anthony Birthplace Museum
Anthony Family in Adams, Massachusetts]
This newly restored house museum preserves the
birthplace and legacy of Susan B. Anthony, a pioneering
abolitionist and suffragist. On the National Registry, the
home was built by Susan's father, Daniel Anthony, in 1818.
Visitors will learn about the life and times of the legendary
civil rights leader. Events for all ages are held
regularly. Located at 67 East Road in Adams, MA.
Mansion and Gilded Age Museum
Ventfort Hall, a Jacobean Revival mansion was
built as a summer home for George and Sarah Morgan.
Completed in 1893, the 28 room mansion which was situated on
over 26 acres of landscaped gardens was known as one of the most
beautiful places in Lenox. After the death of the Morgans,
the house had many different tenants and owners, was once a
summer hotel and was even used as a dormitory for Tanglewood
students. In the 1980s, the lovely old home was going to be
demolished but was saved by the Ventfort Hall Association and
has lovingly been restored. Today, the grand old mansion
is open for tours and features exhibits related to the "Gilded
Age". Rental is available for evening events.
Located at 104 Walker Street in Lenox, MA.
Williamstown House of Local History
Berkshires Historic Homes]
Features a collection
of historical materials and exhibitions related to the history
of Williamstown. Collections include historical
photographs, documents and artifacts ranging from the 1700s to
present day. Located inside the David and Joyce Milne
Public Library at 1095 Main Street in Williamstown, MA.
The world's largest
exhibit of naval ships can be seen here. Located at 5 Water
Street in Fall River, MA.
Biery House and Museum
Operated by the
Norton Historical Society, the Biery House is their headquarters
and holds collections of photographs, documents, family
histories, and other items related to the history of Norton.
Located at 3412 Greenwich Road in Norton, OH.
Bristol County Natural History Center
The exhibits housed
in an old 19th century barn, were collected and built by
students of the Bristol County Agricultural High School and is
focused on Taunton River wildlife.
Martin House Farm
The Martin farm is
a rare example of an 18th and early 19th century farm. It
still remains in the original farm setting. The property
includes the house, two barns, cultivated fields surrounded by
dry stone walls and woodlands. The home was lived in by
members of the martin family for over 200 years and was donated
to the national Society of The Colonial Dames of America in the
Commonwealth of Massachusetts in 1930 by Susan Taber Martin
Allien, an 8th generation member of the Martin family.
This historic house features original furnishings in place when
the Martin resided in it along with other period pieces and
artifacts. Demonstrations of the spinning wheels and looms
are presented at times. Tours are offered seasonally and by
appointment. Located at 22 Stoney Hill Road in North
Whaling National Historical Park
Known in the 19th
century as the richest city in the world, visitors can still
stroll down cobblestone streets, visit a whaling merchant's home
and learn what life was like in the days of the whaling industry
in New England.
Bedford Whaling Museum
Devoted to the
history of the whaling industry in America and it's impact on
the local surrounding areas.
Rotch-Jones-Duff House Museum
mansion built 1834 in the Greek Revival style was home to
whaling merchant William Rotch Jr. Today it is a museum
with displays of furnishings belonging to the families who lived
in the house surrounded by a full block of gardens.
The Seamen's Bethel
A chapel built in
1831 for the whaling seamen and their families, it has been
preserved and serves today as a memorial to whalemen and
fishermen who have lost their lives at sea. It was known
as the "Whalemen's Chapel" in Moby Dick by Herman Melville.
Andover Historical Museum & Research Center
Housed inside the
Amos Blanchard House and Barn Museum the Andover Historical
Society operates the museum and staffs the
Caroline M. Underhill Research Center for those interested
in the history of Andover, MA. Located at 97 Main Street
in Andover, MA.
Focus is on the
history of Amesbury and the immediate surrounding area.
Exhibits feature artifacts which date from prehistory to present
time and include replicas of a colonial kitchen, Victorian
parlor, a schoolroom and a natural history room. Behind
the museum is a Carriage House with carriages and wagons built
in Amesbury along with farm tools and machinery. Located
at 270 Main Street in Amesbury, MA.
Beverly Historical Society and Museum
Dedicated to the
preservation of the history of Beverly, Massachusetts, the
museum features 3 historic houses including the John Balch
House (448 Cabot Street), the John Cabot House (117 Cabot
Street) and the Hale Farm at 39 Hale Street.
Collections housed include historical documents,
photographs, decorative arts and artifacts related to the
early history of Beverly and the North Shore of
research library is located inside the John Cabot House
for the use of those wishing to research the history of
Beverly or family history.
Cape Ann Historical Museum
Cassidy Folk Art Museum
Danvers Museum at Israel Putnam House
The Putnam House is
currently closed due to lack of funding.
Essex National Heritage Area
The historic area
features over 500 square miles of historic, cultural and natural
Essex Ship Building Museum
Visitors will learn
about the extraordinary story of the small New England village
of Essex which became famous for building more two-masted wooden
fishing schooners than any other place in the world. Exhibits
feature antique building tools, historical documents and
photographs along with displays about the shipbuilding industry.
Explore an actual schooner built on the site in 1998.
Located at 66 Main Street in Essex, MA.
G.A.R. and Civil War Museum
The G.A.R. Room in
Marblehead is exactly as it was left after the last meeting in
1930. An outer room offers displays of Civil War
artifacts and photos.
General Gideon Foster Home
Home to the Peabody Historical
Society, each room of this historic house features displays
relating to the historic past of Peabody, Massachusetts. The
society also maintains the Ruth Hill Library, where you will
find a large collection of books, maps, manuscripts,
photographs and records pertaining to the history of Peabody.
George Peabody House Museum
Glen Magna Farms
Hall Haskell House
The "Little Red
House" has been called home by a myriad of people in Ipswich
since the 1600s until it was saved from demolition in the
1980s and is now used as the Visitor Center for historic
Heard House Museum
The mansion was
built between 1795 and 1800. Housing the Ipswich
Historical Society, the home is open to the public for tours
and features artworks by the "Ipswich
Painters" along with many early artifacts of the area
including a collection of early carriages located in the Heard
House carriage house. This house museum is part of the
Ipswich Historical Society and Museums
located at 54 South Main Street, Ipswich, MA.
House of The Seven Gables
Ipswich Historical Society and Museums
Featuring over 400
years of Ipswich history, the museum features two historical
house museums; the 1677 Whipple House and the 1800 Heard House.
Located at 54 South Main Street in Ipswich, MA.
J.O.J. Frost Folk Art Gallery
collection of art by J.O.J. Frost who painted his boyhood
memories of life in Marblehead. Located at 170
Washington Street in Marblehead, MA.
Jeremiah Lee Mansion
home, built in 1768 by Jeremiah Lee, wealthiest merchant in
Massachusetts. Guided tours are offered, allowing
visitors a glimpse of early life of Marblehead residents.
Greenleaf Whittier Home
Whittier (politician, abolitionist and poet) moved to Amesbury
in 1836. His home there was built ca 1829 and is listed as
a National Historic Landmark. The classic New England
farmhouse contains original furnishings and the structure is the
same as it was during the time when John Greenleaf Whittier's
family lived in it during the mid to late 1800s. Located
at 86 Friend Street in Amesbury, MA.
John Whipple House
Built in 1677 by
Captain John Whipple, military officer and entrepreneur, the
house has been home to Crockers, Hodgkins, Crafts, Moores, and
Bonds. In 1898, the house was purchased by the Ipswich
Historical Society and was one of the earliest house museums
in America. It is part of the
Ipswich Historical Society and Museums. 1 South Village Green, Ipswich,
Lawrence History Center Immigrant City Archives & Museum
Lowell's Boat Shop
Known as America's oldest boat shop,
it has been operating since 1793!
The Lynn Museum
Marblehead Museum and Historical Society
McIntire Historic District
Museum of Printing
Nathaniel Felton Sr. House
Nathaniel Hawthorne's Birthplace
Built in 1750, the
Georgian style house which was originally located on Union
Street was moved tot his location in 1958. The house was
birthplace to Nathioel Hawthorne on the 4th of July, 1804.
Located on the property of The House of the Seven Gables at 115
Derby Street in Salem, MA.
Newburyport Maritime Society Museums
displays detail the history of the maritime history of
Newburyport and the surrounding area. Learn about
sailors, shipwrecks, and shipyards. 25 Water Street,
Peabody Essex Museum [Historic Houses]
Peabody Historical Fire Museum
Rebecca Nurse Homestead
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Home to Rebecca
Nurse who was accused of witchcraft and hung on July 19,
1692. The house sits on the site which was once known
as Salem Village, renowned for the witchcraft trials and
hangings. The Rebecca Nurse home was purchased and
restored in 1908 by the Rebecca Nurse Memorial Association.
In 1926 it was given to the Society for the Preservation of
New England Antiquities. today the house features 3
restored rooms filled with period furnishings. Other
buildings on the property include the Zerubabel Enedcott
house, and a reproduction of the 1672 Salem Village Meeting House where visitors can learn about the 1692
witchcraft outbreak in Salem Village. The Rebecca Nurse
Homestead may be
rented for events. Located at 149
Pine Street in Danvers, MA.
Salem Witch Museum [1692 Salem Witch Trials]
Sargent House Museum
Wenham Museum [Exhibits]
Witchcraft Victims Memorial
National Heritage Area
Historic Deerfield Village and Museum
Featuring a New
England Village with 13 historic museum houses where
visitors can experience the history of days gone by.
Historic houses include The Frary House, The 1730 Ashley
House, and The 1754 Dwight House. Located on Old Main
Street in Deerfield, MA.
Connecticut Valley Historical Museum
recounts the history of the Connecticut River Valley from
1636 to present day. Featuring collections of
handcrafted furniture, silver, antique autos, historical
firearms and other historical artifacts related to
Springfield history, visitors will get a glimpse into the
rich heritage of the area. Also housed in the museum
is a genealogy and local history library for the use of
researchers. Located at 21 Edwards Street in
The Old Day House
built in 1874 and was home to the William Skinner family.
The home remained in the Skinner family until 1959 when it was
given to the City of Holyoke. Today, the home is operated
as a museum which features furnishings, art, prints and
textiles, and historical artifacts. The museum tells the
tale of the families who lived here and features exhibits,
documents and artifacts related to the local history.
Located at 238 Cabot Street in Holyoke, MA.
Emily Dickinson Museum and Homestead
Hadley Farm Museum
Housed inside a 1782
barn, the Hadley Farm Museum features collections of antique
vehicles, farm equipment and household items used on farms,
including spinning wheels, butter churns, hay tedders, home
furnishings and other vintage items. Located at the
junction of Routes 9 and 47, four miles from Northampton, on the
way to Amherst, MA.
Historic Northampton Museum & Education Center
Kingman Tavern Historical Museum
The museum is housed
inside an early 1800s house containing 17 rooms.
Originally a tavern, there are more then 5000 items reflecting
the life of people who lived in early Cummington. Located
at 41 Main Street in Cummington, MA.
William Cullen Bryant Homestead
Minute Man National Park
Houses one of the oldest Americana
collections. The historical past of Concord is brought to life
through artifacts of the Algonquian Indians, Puritans,
Revolutionaries, Loyalists, farmers, silversmiths,
Transcendentalists, cabinetmakers, mill workers and anti-slavery
Durant-Kenrick House and Grounds
Visitors to the
museum will find themselves transported back in time while
touring a restored 1734 farmhouse, a family -friendly museum and
the beautiful gardens and grounds. Located at 286 Waverley
Avenue in Newton, MA.
Job Lane House
The house was
built ca 1713 and has been preserved by the City of Bedford.
The house is opened for tours. Check site for
dates and times. Address is 295 North Road in Bedford, MA.
Minute Man National Historical Park
Be sure to stop at the Visitor
Center and watch the short film "The Road to Revolution". The
film depicts the events of April 18th and 19th 1775. Highlights
include the Battle Road Trail, Hartwell Tavern, the Wayside
(home of authors including Nathaniel Hawthorne) and the North
National Heritage Museum
Offers a variety of exhibits
focused on American history.
Newton History Museum
of the Durant-Kendrick House]
The museum offers exhibits on historical topics
such as the earliest settlers of New England as well as housing
the Newton Historical Society and research library. Inside
the old Jackson family homestead, which was once used as an
underground railroad stop, the museum is located at 527
Washington Street in Newton, MA.
National Streetcar Museum at Lowell
Operated by the Seashore Trolley Museum, this
museum opened in 2005 and offers trolley rides along with
exhibits related to the history of public transit in Lowell, MA
along with American transit history. The museum is located
at 25 Shattuck Street in the Mack building in downtown Lowell,
House and Slave Quarters
connections to the Royall family]
Built ca 1732-1739, the site features a superb
18th century mansion and the only extant slave quarters in the
Northern United States. Both structures are listed as
National Historic Landmarks. The Isaac Royall house is
part of the
Archaeology digs have uncovered important historical
artifacts from the 18th century. George Washington is
among the noted visitors to this home.
The historic site is located at 15 George Street
in Medford, Massachusetts and open June to October with programs
Historical Society Museum
The Shirley Historical Society Museum features
collections of historical documents and items related to the
history of Shirley, Massachusetts. Research assistance is
available. Housed in the Lucy Longley Memorial Building
located at 182 Center Road in Shirley, MA.
Peacefield - Adams Mansion
Adams National Historical Park
John Adams Mansion, signer of the Declaration of
Independence, the site is a memorial to four generations of
the Adams family. The mansion, known as Peacefield was
home to both presidents, John Adams and his son John Quincy
Adams. Tours are offered daily April 19th
through November 10th. A Visitors Center is located at
1250 Hancock Street in Quincy, MA.
Forbes House Museum
Housed in the
historical 1833 home of Captain Robert Bennet Forbes, the
home has original furnishings and offers a large collection
of American European and China Trade heirlooms. On the
grounds is a 1923 replica of Abraham Lincoln's birthplace
which houses an extensive collection of Lincoln memorabilia.
Located at 215 Adams Street in Milton, MA.
John Adams & John Quincy Adams Birthplaces
Quincy House [Photo]
Quincy Historical Society Museum
[Adams Academy History]
This house originated in 1686 has been
enlarged and enhanced for over 200 years. It served as
home to five generations of Quincys. The home was a
often used as a meeting place for patriots prior to the
American Revolution. Visitors will enjoy the
historical furnishings and learn about the lives of the
early settlers in the Massachusetts Colony, the Patriots,
the Quincy family, John Hancock and more. Located at
34 Butler Road in Quincy, MA.
Salem and the United States Naval Ship Building Museum
1749 Courthouse and Museum
Located in the
heart of Plymouth, is the oldest wooden courthouse in the
United States. Serving as a municipal building for
over 200 years, the building today houses a museum.
Visitors will discover an 1828 fire engine, an old hearse
and other historical items. Location is on the Town
Square in Plymouth, MA.
Cudworth Historic House, Barn and Cattle Pound
Duxbury Rural and Historical Society [Historic
The Duxbury Rural
and Historical Society
occupies and operates the following properties:
Nathaniel Winsor Jr. house
which is the most significant. Known for it grand scale and
architecture, the house was home to Nathaniel Winsor, Jr.
who inherited a mercantile business of sailing ships from
his father. The society uses the house as it's headquarters,
educational programs and maybe also be rented for special
events and private functions. Located at 479 Washington
Street in Duxbury, MA.
Gershom Bradford House was built in 1808 for
shipmaster Gershom Bradford and remained in the Bradford
family for 4 generations. Filled with original
furnishings and decor, the home allows visitors to see the
home of a successful Duxbury mariner as it would have been
in 1844. Located at 931 Tremont Street in Duxbury, MA.
King Caesar House is an 1809 Federal style mansion
belonging to Ezra Weston II, famed shipbuilder and merchant.
This house is available for tours and appears much as it did
in the 1820s. Two galleries feature rotating exhibits.
Located at 120 King Caesar Road in Duxbury, MA.
Drew Archival Library - Researchers looking for
information about the history and genealogy of the area will
find the Drew Archival Library operated by the Duxbury Rural
and Historical Society very helpful. Located at 147
St. George Street in Duxbury, MA.
Hedge House Museum
(Closed for renovations)
Isaac Winslow House
Jabez Howland House
history museum will take visitors back in time to the beginning
and survival of a colony. Learn how vital the mill was to
their survival and how it works. Learn about the beginning
of America and view Brewster Gardens, Plymouth and the
historical waterfront area. Take a tour of the Forefather
Monuments, where you will see 5 statues dedicated to America's
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Jenney House is located on the corner of Summer Street and
Spring Lane in Plymouth, MA.
John Alden House Museum [Alden Genealogy] [History]
Little Red Schoolhouse (Kathleen Laidlaw Historical Center)
Major John Bradford House
The historic home
is headquarters to the
Jones River Village Historical Society. Located at 50
Landing Road in Kingston, MA.
Mann Historic Farm House and Museum
Maritime and Irish Mossing Historical Museum
Mayflower Society Museum
the center of Plymouth, just around the corner from the
famed Plymouth Rock, is the 18th century mansion built by
Edward Winslow in 1754. Now owned by the Mayflower
Society, tours are offered and visitors can learn about the
history of this Plymouth site. Behind the mansion, is
library of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants
where genealogy research may be conducted.
Old Bridgewater Historical Society and Museum
Old Derby Academy
Old Derby Academy
was founded in 1791. It is the oldest co-educational
schoolhouse in the United States. Today, it is available
to rent for events, business meetings and weddings. A
beautiful upstairs ballroom makes the perfect setting for
weddings. For more information, contact Susan Achille at
781-749-0706. Located at 34 Main Street in Hingham, MA.
Old Scituate Lighthouse Historic Site
Old Ship Church
Known as the
oldest meetinghouse in continuous use in the US, it is a
free, non-sectarian church and still in use. Located
at 107 Main Street in Hingham, MA.
Pilgrim Hall Museum
Plimouth Plantation [1627
Robbins Museum of Archaeology
focusing on 11.000 years of history in New England. 17
Jackson Street, Middleboro, Massachusetts.
The Old Ordianary
Built in 1688, the
Old Ordinary is operated by the Hingham Historical Society as a
museum. At one time, the historical structure served as a
stagecoach stop. Located at 21 Lincoln Street in Hingham,
Old North Church, Boston,
Boston Historical Society and Museum
Boston National Historical Park [Freedom Trail]
This is the
place to learn about the founding fathers of America and how
freedom was won in the Revolutionary War. Historic
sites include Bunker Hill, Faneiul Hall, and the Charlestown
Navy Yard where park rangers offer guided tours. Start
at the Visitors Center located on Constitution Road in
Faneuil Hall [History]
King's Chapel [History]
North Church [History]
Old South Meeting House [History]
Boston Tea Party started!
Old State House Museum [History]
Paul Revere House [History]
Built ca 1680,
the legendary house was home to silversmith Paul Revere, who
made the famed midnight ride on April 18, 1775. Known
as the oldest building in Boston, the house contains period
furnishings owned by the Revere family. Visitors will
find panels and exhibits throughout the self guided tour.
Located at 19 North Square in Boston, MA.
William Hickling Prescott House
Erected in 1808
for James Smith Colburn, a Boston merchant, this
Federal-styled house overlooks the Boston Common and adjoins
the twin house next door at 54 Beacon Street. Both are
5 1/2 story brick town houses with elaborate iron balconies
and beautiful ornamentation. Author William Hickling
Prescott resided in the house at 55 Beacon Street from
1845-1859. The house was purchased by the National Society
of The Colonial Dames in America in the Commonwealth of
Massachusetts in 1944. It has been filled with
extensive collections of period furnishings and arts by the
which were donated by the Colonial Dames. Tours are
offered seasonally and by appointment. Located at 55
Beacon Street in Boston, MA.
Auburn Historical Museum
The local history museum is housed inside what
was once the home of The Tuttle Square School. Located at
41 South St. in Auburn, MA.
Started by the
Alcott family in 1843, the Fruitlands was an experiment in
utopian communal living. Failing to provide the
expected utopia, the experiment ended in 1844, only 7 months
later. Open as a museum since 1914, visitors will
learn about the history of this experiment and the
Transcendentalist movement. Located at 102 Prospect
Hill Road in Harvard, MA.
Harvard Historical Society Museum
The Harvard Historical Society operates a small
museum containing artifacts related to the history of Harvard
along with a large collection of photographs, deeds and other
historical documents which researchers will find of interest.
Located in The Still River Baptist Church at 215 Still River
Road in Still River, MA. Call for appointment:
Willard House and Clock Museum
Worcester Historical Society and Museum
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