Bolton Historical Society

Bolton Historical Society A charitable organization (since 1962) stimulating and perpetuating an active interest in Bolton history. http://www.boltonhistoricalsociety.org/index.html
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Some citizens put together a book on Bolton history that was published on the 200th birthday of the Town in 1938. Many of the people who collaborated on writing and researching the book, and other citizens interested in history, continued to get together after the publication. They met at the Historical room of the Whitney Memorial Library. A small collection of donated items relating to the history of the Town and its people accumulated. The group formally incorporated as the Bolton Historical Society in 1962. In 1988, Esther Whitcomb published her definitive history of the Town, “About Bolton”, which coincided with the Town's 250th birthday. Mrs. Florence Sawyer, a charter member of the Society, deeded her home to the society in 1970. The Bolton Historical Society has been physicially located in this building since that time. Charles Rich, a former owner of the house, purchased the Ballroom wing of the famous Holman Inn in 1874, and moved it east down the Great Road where it became the nucleus of a small two over two home for him and his family. The large barn and the blacksmith shop behind the house, as well as other wings were added by other owners over time. Florence and Perley Sawyer bought the house in 1931 and were the last private owners.

Mission: Bolton Historical Society is located in Bolton, Massachusetts The Sawyer House Bolton Historical Society is a non-profit charitable organization founded in 1962 to stimulate and perpetuate an active interest in Bolton history, to disseminate information, and conduct research on subjects pertaining to the Town of Bolton and its residents. We serve as the permanent collective memory of our community.

One hundred years ago today, Congress passed the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote.  The Bolton Historical S...
06/04/2020

One hundred years ago today, Congress passed the 19th amendment giving women the right to vote. The Bolton Historical Society is celebrating this momentous event with the online exhibit at www.boltonhistoricalsociety.org:

Evangeline Wilson Young: Irrepressible Activist

Doctor, teacher, family planning advocate, suffragette, environmentalist, artist, and designer of Bolton’s town seal

Connecting the past to the present:Woody and I took a walk today along a section of the old Lancaster Railroad bed.  Com...
05/05/2020

Connecting the past to the present:
Woody and I took a walk today along a section of the old Lancaster Railroad bed. Completed in 1872, this rail line was to run from South Lancaster to Hudson, with a stop in Bolton. Debt and lawsuits resulted in the railroad making only one run. Among the passengers that day were railroad officials to inspect the line and Nahum Stratton and his young granddaughter Aurilla, who hearing the train coming ran across their field at 258 Hudson Road to the tracks. The engineer stopped the train and brought them onboard. Little Aurilla later married Arthur Miner; and around 1900, Arthur was working at the Thayer estate in Lancaster when he brought an unusual variety of geranium home to Aurilla. She successfully propagated it, and soon many of her friends and neighbors had this unique bi-colored variety, which today is the Bolton Geranium. The Bolton Geranium sale is May 16 and 17, for more information go to www.boltonhistoricalsociety.org.

It's that time!  The Bolton Geranium Sale - May 16 and 17The Bolton Geraniums have been happily growing in the greenhous...
05/02/2020

It's that time! The Bolton Geranium Sale - May 16 and 17

The Bolton Geraniums have been happily growing in the greenhouse all winter long, unaware of the events happening on the outside world; and they are now ready for sale. This year we are taking a different approach to the sale, with orders placed online ([email protected]) and by phone (978 779-5145), with assigned pickup times. For more information go to www.boltonhistoricalsociety.org.

Bolton Historical Society's cover photo
05/02/2020

Bolton Historical Society's cover photo

HOLIDAY HOUSE TOURSunday, December 8th, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.This house has a link to Thomas Watson, one of the founders of ...
12/07/2019

HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR
Sunday, December 8th, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

This house has a link to Thomas Watson, one of the founders of the Quaker community in Bolton. In the early 20th century, the original “pie steps” or winders staircase was removed to make room for a piano. The present owner has accurately reconstructed the staircase using hard pine bookshelves from the library (discarded during renovation) for the stair treads. The Abel and Thomas Wheeler house at 47 Wheeler Road is one of 10 houses available for viewing. Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchase at Sawyer House, 676 Main St., on the day of the event, Sunday, December 8th from 12:30 to 2:00.

BOLTON HOLIDAY HOUSE TOURSunday, December 8th, 1:00 to 4:00 This house, one of a pair of nearly identical modified Cape ...
12/05/2019

BOLTON HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR
Sunday, December 8th, 1:00 to 4:00

This house, one of a pair of nearly identical modified Cape Cod houses, was built as a “marriage house” by a father for his daughter in 1830-31. It’s Greek Revival in style; and is distinguished by its façade-wide front porch. It was the retirement home of the Reverend Thomas Treadwell Stone, a noted Abolitionist and Transcendentalist, and a friend of Ralph Waldo Emerson. The Rev. Stone served as minister of the First Parish Church from 1852 to 1860. The Withington-Stone-Waite House is one of 10 houses available for viewing. Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased at Sawyer House, 676 Main Street, on the day of the event from 12:30 to 2:00, or by contacting [email protected] or [email protected].

Thank you to all wreath makers and bidders.  Yesterday's Wreath Festival and Auction was a great success.  Happy Holiday...
12/02/2019

Thank you to all wreath makers and bidders. Yesterday's Wreath Festival and Auction was a great success. Happy Holidays!

BOLTON HOLIDAY HOUSE TOURSunday, December 8th, 1:00 to 4:00Two hundred and four years ago, Caleb Wheeler, Jr. built this...
12/02/2019

BOLTON HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR
Sunday, December 8th, 1:00 to 4:00

Two hundred and four years ago, Caleb Wheeler, Jr. built this house for his new bride Dolly. The house maintains many of its original features, including six-panel doors, fine woodworking, and restored stencils attributed to Moses Eaton. The Caleb Wheeler, Jr. house is one of ten houses available for viewing. Tickets are $25.00 and can be purchased at Sawyer House, 676 Main St. on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 1 to 3; or on Sunday, December 8 from 12:45 to 2:00.

Wreath makers are busy getting ready for our Wreath Auction this Sunday, December 1st from noon to 5:00.  Tickets to the...
11/27/2019

Wreath makers are busy getting ready for our Wreath Auction this Sunday, December 1st from noon to 5:00. Tickets to the December 8th House Tour will be available for purchase at this event.

Bolton Historical Society's cover photo
11/13/2019

Bolton Historical Society's cover photo

Bolton's Caleb Nourse, great, great, great grandson of Rebecca Nurse, who was convicted and hanged as a witch in Salem, ...
10/31/2019

Bolton's Caleb Nourse, great, great, great grandson of Rebecca Nurse, who was convicted and hanged as a witch in Salem, 1692.

West Cemetery TourTomorrow, Saturday, October 19th at 4:00 p.m.Stories from the grave:A school teacher whose calling was...
10/18/2019

West Cemetery Tour
Tomorrow, Saturday, October 19th at 4:00 p.m.

Stories from the grave:
A school teacher whose calling was to comfort the sick and injured as a nurse during the Civil War.

He operated a comb and button manufacturing shop with Scottish roots.The West Cemetery TourSaturday, October 19th at 4:0...
10/13/2019

He operated a comb and button manufacturing shop with Scottish roots.

The West Cemetery Tour
Saturday, October 19th at 4:00 p.m.
Green Road, Bolton

A famous archaeologist who fell in love with Bolton.Stories from the grave at the West Cemetery TourSaturday, October 19...
10/07/2019

A famous archaeologist who fell in love with Bolton.
Stories from the grave at the West Cemetery Tour
Saturday, October 19th at 4:00 p.m.

WEST CEMETERY TOUROctober 19th at 4:00 p.m.Witness Bolton’s history come to life in a unique and fascinating way in the ...
09/28/2019

WEST CEMETERY TOUR
October 19th at 4:00 p.m.

Witness Bolton’s history come to life in a unique and fascinating way in the West Burying Ground on Green Road. Dress warm and bring a flashlight.

Many thanks to members of the Bolton Conservation Trust for the cleanup of the Josiah Whitcomb Garrison site at the corn...
09/20/2019

Many thanks to members of the Bolton Conservation Trust for the cleanup of the Josiah Whitcomb Garrison site at the corner of Sugar and Gold Run Roads. For more information on the site and cleanup go to: http://boltontrails.org/garrison-house-site-cleanup.

Bolton Historical Society's cover photo
09/20/2019

Bolton Historical Society's cover photo

Happy 4th of July!  🇺🇸 The opening lines of the Declaration of Independence as recorded in Bolton's Town Book by the tow...
07/04/2019

Happy 4th of July! 🇺🇸

The opening lines of the Declaration of Independence as recorded in Bolton's Town Book by the town clerk "there to remain as a perpetual memorial thereof."

Today was a perfect day for the 3rd grade Town Center Walk.
06/05/2019

Today was a perfect day for the 3rd grade Town Center Walk.

Thank you to all who stopped by today.  We were all sold out by noon.
05/18/2019

Thank you to all who stopped by today. We were all sold out by noon.

05/17/2019
state of the burbs

Sarah Tate, former Boltonian, now living in Harvard, has featured the Bolton Geranium in her blog www.stateoftheburbs.com. Sarah created the site to highlight local events, interview local folks, and review local "gems" that are special. It's a wonderful blog. Check it out! And don't forget, the sale is tomorrow starting at 9:00.

Oct 19 Oct 19 Horse Meadow Knoll state of the burbs We Walk New hike in the neighborhood. talk a walk on SVT’s new trail, Horse Meadow Knoll.

Great rehearsal for Bolton's Road To Revolution.  Alan DiPietro (on the far right) plays Jonathan Whitcomb.  Check out R...
05/14/2019

Great rehearsal for Bolton's Road To Revolution. Alan DiPietro (on the far right) plays Jonathan Whitcomb. Check out Roger Breeze's "Stories and Tales of Our Town" column in the May 8th edition of The Bolton Independent and learn more about this fifer, lime quarry and kiln owner.
Bolton's Road To Revolution
Sunday, May 19th at 3:00 p.m. in the Sawyer House barn.

Our favorite one day sale is a week away!THE BOLTON GERANIUM SALESaturday, May 18th from 9:00 a.m. till all sold out
05/11/2019

Our favorite one day sale is a week away!

THE BOLTON GERANIUM SALE
Saturday, May 18th from 9:00 a.m. till all sold out

BOLTON’S ROAD TO REVOLUTIONRoger Breeze’s article in the May 1st issue of The Bolton Independent introduces Dr. Daniel G...
05/08/2019

BOLTON’S ROAD TO REVOLUTION
Roger Breeze’s article in the May 1st issue of The Bolton Independent introduces Dr. Daniel Greenleaf Jr. and his wife Anna. Join us on Sunday, May 19th at 3:00 p.m. in the barn at Sawyer House and hear in Anna’s own words her struggle to declare allegiance to her new country.

Save the date!
05/03/2019

Save the date!

We're doing some Spring cleaning in preparation for big things happening in May.  Many thanks to the Martin family for s...
04/30/2019

We're doing some Spring cleaning in preparation for big things happening in May. Many thanks to the Martin family for sprucing up the yard and to Roger Breeze for giving the fence a fresh coat of paint.

Actors Wanted!The Bolton Historical Society is looking for actors to perform in the production Bolton’s Road to Revoluti...
03/02/2019
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Actors Wanted!
The Bolton Historical Society is looking for actors to perform in the production Bolton’s Road to Revolution, which chronicles the events leading up to the beginning of the Revolutionary War as told through the voices of real people from Bolton. The performance will be held on Sunday afternoon, May 19th. Talented individuals are desired to apply. A large time commitment is not required.
For further information, please contact the Society at [email protected], or visit our website: https://www.boltonhistoricalsociety.org/index.html.

Historical Society of Bolton MA

Thank you Sarah!  With the impending storm, let's all share a little happiness by posting a pix of your wintered Bolton ...
02/12/2019

Thank you Sarah! With the impending storm, let's all share a little happiness by posting a pix of your wintered Bolton Geranium.

Thank you to all who helped to make our Wreath Auction a big success.
12/03/2018

Thank you to all who helped to make our Wreath Auction a big success.

HML Ceramics
11/29/2018

HML Ceramics

Here's my wreath for Bolton Historical Society's Annual wreath show and auction on Sunday December 2nd. Come by the barn at 676 Main Street to see all the creative entries!
When I made this woven piece I intended to use it as a platter for displaying fruit or serving rolls or bread wrapped in cloth. After it came out of the kiln and I took it home, I decided it would make a cool wall hanging as well.
When the call went out asking for wreath donations, I really wanted to help out but still incorporate my craft. This was my solution.
The winner of the wreath can keep it as is after the holidays, or deconstruct it to use as was originally intended.

Save the date:  December 2nd from noon to 5:00.Our Wreath Festival and Auction is a week away!Stop by the Sawyer House b...
11/24/2018

Save the date: December 2nd from noon to 5:00.
Our Wreath Festival and Auction is a week away!
Stop by the Sawyer House barn to experience this festive and spirited showcase of Bolton creativity while enjoying mulled cider and holiday cookies. Themed wreaths decorated by Bolton artists of all ages. New this year...holiday cookies from Florence Sawyer's recipe box for sale.

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, one hundred years ago, World War I ended.  Of the 40 Bolton men who ...
11/11/2018

At the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, one hundred years ago, World War I ended. Of the 40 Bolton men who bravely fought in that war, two didn’t return home: David Oliver Nourse (DON) Edes and Amory Pollard Sawyer, Jr. At Sawyer House, in a World War I exhibit, we tell the story of one of these soldiers, Don Edes. You may recognize his portrait; it’s on loan from Town Hall. On display through the month of November. Stop by and visit. Sawyer House is open Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 1:30 till 3:30.

In honor of the World War I centennial, we have on display at the the Library the names of the 40 men who served in the ...
11/05/2018

In honor of the World War I centennial, we have on display at the the Library the names of the 40 men who served in the war, along with war bond posters. Of the 40, two were killed in action in France: Lt. David Oliver Nourse (DON) Edes and Amory Pollard Sawyer, Jr.

Congratulations to the Historical Commission for their hard work in getting the Pan registered as a National Historic Di...
10/11/2018
New photo by Mary Ciummo

Congratulations to the Historical Commission for their hard work in getting the Pan registered as a National Historic District. Stop by Sawyer House to view photographs and artifacts from the Pan.

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676 Main St
Bolton, MA
01740

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Thursday 13:00 - 15:30

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I noticed this wasn't on your FB page... an event not-to-be-missed!
I have placed the Bolton Historical Society in my map-based guide to municipal historians and historical societies, Facebook groups, and other historical organizations: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?hl=en&mid=1pNBZPvDQCLI_S87Z8LDb9mMIlEl1MOYg To use this map, and a link to the map of all Adirondack history-related museums, see: https://www.facebook.com/groups/408253066033468/permalink/923848731140563/ With these maps, your organization has been shared with the ~13,000-member "History and Legends of the Adirondacks" group.
Searching for information or descendants of Andrew J Mcelwain and Hasadiah Moore. (CHILDREN) first generation, 1. Lydia Mcelwain, "was born 25 Aug 1754 in Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, died in Guilford, Windham, Vermont, USA.". 2. David McWain, "was born 05 Dec 1751 in Bolton, Massachusetts, USA." 3.Jane Mc Elwain, "was born 07 Jun 1737 in Bolton, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA" 4.Mary McIlwain, " was born 06 Apr 1735 in Bolton, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, and died 1831 in Lenox, Madison, New York, USA". 5.James McElwain , "was born 04 Nov 1744 in Bolton, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, and died 20 Nov 1820 in Winchendon, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA." 6.John McElwain, "was born 08 Sep 1739 in Bolton, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA." 7.William McWain, "was born 18 Nov 1749 in Bolton, Massachusetts, USA, and died 27 Mar 1812 in Putney, Vermont, USA." 8. Andrew McWain Jr, " was born 06 Aug 1742 in Bolton, Windsor, Massachusetts, and died 29 Jul 1837 in West Woodstock, Vermont, USA."
Searching for information or descendants of Andrew J Mcelwain and Hasadiah Moore. (CHILDREN) first generation, 1. Lydia Mcelwain, "was born 25 Aug 1754 in Harvard, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, died in Guilford, Windham, Vermont, USA.". 2. David McWain, "was born 05 Dec 1751 in Bolton, Massachusetts, USA." 3.Jane Mc Elwain, "was born 07 Jun 1737 in Bolton, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA" 4.Mary McIlwain, " was born 06 Apr 1735 in Bolton, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, and died 1831 in Lenox, Madison, New York, USA". 5.James McElwain , "was born 04 Nov 1744 in Bolton, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA, and died 20 Nov 1820 in Winchendon, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA." 6.John McElwain, "was born 08 Sep 1739 in Bolton, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA." 7.William McWain, "was born 18 Nov 1749 in Bolton, Massachusetts, USA, and died 27 Mar 1812 in Putney, Vermont, USA." 8. Andrew McWain Jr, " was born 06 Aug 1742 in Bolton, Windsor, Massachusetts, and died 29 Jul 1837 in West Woodstock, Vermont, USA."
Come get your Bolton Geraniums while they still last!