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

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.

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. Dani...
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 Revolu...
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.

The Bolton Geranium sale is tomorrow.  In the event of rain, it will be held in the barn.  See you tomorrow.
05/18/2018

The Bolton Geranium sale is tomorrow. In the event of rain, it will be held in the barn. See you tomorrow.

Bolton Historical Society's cover photo
05/18/2018

Bolton Historical Society's cover photo

Bolton Historical Society's cover photo
05/18/2018

Bolton Historical Society's cover photo

Bolton Historical Society's cover photo
05/18/2018

Bolton Historical Society's cover photo

Bolton Historical Society's cover photo
05/18/2018

Bolton Historical Society's cover photo

Dr. Sawyer's medical case and instruments, from 1818 to 1844, are on display tomorrow afternoon at Sawyer House from 1:0...
05/16/2018

Dr. Sawyer's medical case and instruments, from 1818 to 1844, are on display tomorrow afternoon at Sawyer House from 1:00 to 3:30, and Saturday from 9:00 to 3:30. So very glad that catheters today are made of a flexible material.

The Bolton Geranium sale is a week away.  A once a year opportunity to own this unique plant.  At Sawyer House, Saturday...
05/12/2018

The Bolton Geranium sale is a week away. A once a year opportunity to own this unique plant. At Sawyer House, Saturday, May 19th from 9 am till they're all sold out.

Good guesses all!  They're used for healing, but we could also say instruments of torture.  They're hooks for tooth extr...
05/02/2018

Good guesses all! They're used for healing, but we could also say instruments of torture. They're hooks for tooth extractions from the medical chest of Dr. Levi Sawyer, who practiced medicine in Bolton from 1818 to 1844. On display at Sawyer House throughout May as part of Freedom's Way Hidden Treasures program.

An instrument for torture or healing?  The reveal tomorrow....
05/01/2018

An instrument for torture or healing? The reveal tomorrow....

04/16/2018

The Bolton Historical Society is offering a $500 scholarship to a NRHS senior in the class of 2018. Applicants are asked to provide information about their educational plans and to write an essay choosing a person, place, event, or object in Bolton history and describing how it has affected the town today. Application forms are available through the Guidance office or by emailing [email protected]. Entries must be postmarked no later than April 30th.

This Thursday, April 5th, 7:00 pm, at Nashoba Regional High School:
04/01/2018

This Thursday, April 5th, 7:00 pm, at Nashoba Regional High School:

TUESDAY CONNECTIONSFEBRUARY 20TH11:00 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M.AT THE SENIOR CENTERA CHAT WITH RUEA BAUMThe Bolton Historical So...
02/16/2018

TUESDAY CONNECTIONS
FEBRUARY 20TH
11:00 A.M. TO 1:00 P.M.
AT THE SENIOR CENTER

A CHAT WITH RUEA BAUM
The Bolton Historical Society presents a video program produced by Bolton Access TV featuring Bolton resident Ruea Baum. In it Ruea shares her story of growing up in Bolton and serving as a U.S. Army nurse in England and France during World War II.
You don’t want to miss this program!

Bolton Historical Society's cover photo
02/16/2018

Bolton Historical Society's cover photo

Bolton Historical Society
02/16/2018

Bolton Historical Society

Bolton Historical Society's cover photo
11/28/2017

Bolton Historical Society's cover photo

Cia
11/15/2017

Cia

The Bolton Historical Society has annual Wreath show and auction on Dec 3. Does anyone want to try their hand at making a special wreath this year? We feature some great Bolton creativity every year from all ages! This photo shows some done in previous years, including one by Cub Scouts in 2012 (right). If interested contact Cia at 7790377. The rest of you should just come check it out in the barn at 676 Main.

Don't forget Ed Sterling's talk on the history of the Central Mass railroad.  Tomorrow night, 7:00 p.m. at the Library. ...
11/13/2017

Don't forget Ed Sterling's talk on the history of the Central Mass railroad. Tomorrow night, 7:00 p.m. at the Library. A picture of the South Bolton station. It closed in 1921. A while later the building was moved a short distance, a second floor was added, and it was made into a house (which still stands).

Celebrating Halloween 24 years ago. Congratulations to Bolton Local and so many other  groups and individuals for contin...
10/31/2017

Celebrating Halloween 24 years ago.
Congratulations to Bolton Local and so many other groups and individuals for continuing the tradition of providing Halloween fun for our children.

Gordon Marr had an orchard on Nourse Road around 1946 - 1953.  The cider was processed at Zander's Cider Mill in Stow, a...
10/09/2017

Gordon Marr had an orchard on Nourse Road around 1946 - 1953. The cider was processed at Zander's Cider Mill in Stow, and sold at the Marr family farmstand in front of their home at 698 Main Street.

Bolton Historical Society's cover photo
10/09/2017

Bolton Historical Society's cover photo

It was a noisy morning at Sawyer House. In preparation for the barn roof being replaced, we had trees and brush removed ...
09/29/2017

It was a noisy morning at Sawyer House. In preparation for the barn roof being replaced, we had trees and brush removed from around it.

Damage on Main Street from 1938 hurricane.
09/18/2017

Damage on Main Street from 1938 hurricane.

Damage on Main Street from 1938 hurricane.
09/18/2017

Damage on Main Street from 1938 hurricane.

Culvert work is underway in Bolton.  Here's Harold Brown checking the culvert that runs under Main street to Pond Park b...
07/31/2017

Culvert work is underway in Bolton. Here's Harold Brown checking the culvert that runs under Main street to Pond Park back in the 1992.

Bolton Access TV
06/24/2017

Bolton Access TV

Happy Birthday to Bolton!

Thank you to all who viewed our 1831 Map for the Town of Bolton exhibit at the Library as part of Freedom's Way's Hidden...
05/30/2017

Thank you to all who viewed our 1831 Map for the Town of Bolton exhibit at the Library as part of Freedom's Way's Hidden Treasures 2107.

Celebrate Mother's Day all week long...the Bolton Geranium Sale is  Saturday, May 20th from 9:00 a.m. till they're all s...
05/13/2017

Celebrate Mother's Day all week long...the Bolton Geranium Sale is Saturday, May 20th from 9:00 a.m. till they're all sold out.

Hidden Treasures 2017Roger Breeze's workshop on property searches using the Mass Land Records website is being repeated ...
05/09/2017

Hidden Treasures 2017
Roger Breeze's workshop on property searches using the Mass Land Records website is being repeated tonight at the Bolton Public Library at 7:00.

Hidden Treasures 2017Looks like rain tomorrow...perfect weather to do a little research.  Interested in uncovering the h...
05/05/2017

Hidden Treasures 2017
Looks like rain tomorrow...perfect weather to do a little research. Interested in uncovering the history of your property? Join Roger Breeze at the Bolton Public Library tomorrow, May 6th at 11 a.m. for a workshop on property searches using the Massachusetts Land Records website. Bring your laptop.

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676 Main St
Bolton, MA
01740

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