Braintree Historical Society

Braintree Historical Society We hold and preserve Braintree's continuing heritage. The Historical Soceity and Mary Bean Cunningham Rescource Center is open: Thursdays 9:30am to 12:30pm and
Saturdays 12:00pm to 4:00pm.

Also available by appointment!

Operating as usual

Troop 138 Eagle Scout candidate Kevin McGurn and his crew of fellow scouts and scout leaders work on the Braintree Histo...
09/18/2021

Troop 138 Eagle Scout candidate Kevin McGurn and his crew of fellow scouts and scout leaders work on the Braintree Historical Society's French House (circa 1699) gardens and outdoor sitting area as a part of his ongoing Eagle Scout project.

The Braintree Historical Society extends its gratitude to high school senior Brendan McCormick for restoring the Galliva...
09/18/2021

The Braintree Historical Society extends its gratitude to high school senior Brendan McCormick for restoring the Gallivan House garden beds for his National Honor Society Individual Service Project.

Stop by and visit our craft fair!   Open until 1pm today!!!
09/11/2021

Stop by and visit our craft fair! Open until 1pm today!!!

The French House Carriage Barn restoration considered urgent in 2003 is finally about to begin.  Included in this post i...
09/04/2021

The French House Carriage Barn restoration considered urgent in 2003 is finally about to begin. Included in this post is a sample of the "before" pictures taken eighteen months ago. Keep your eye out for postings of work in progress and the final completed restoration. Thanks to Past President and volunteer Curator Mary Frazier for the photos.

Water damage from several years has kept the General Sylvanus Thayer House lower level exhibit space closed to the publi...
09/04/2021

Water damage from several years has kept the General Sylvanus Thayer House lower level exhibit space closed to the public. The upgrading of the lighting is now complete and the remaining one of four water intrusion problems is on its way to resolution. An Eagle Scout candidate from Troop 138 will refresh the walls with a new coat of paint in preparation for the reopening of the Thayer House lower level exhibit space. Keep an eye out for updates.

09/04/2021

We regret to announce that the Farm to Table Dinner scheduled for September 18th has been canceled due to the Covid Delta variant.

Today we just received in the mail a copy of, " A Sermon Preached in Braintree, Mass, August 15, 1873, at the Funeral of...
08/28/2021

Today we just received in the mail a copy of, " A Sermon Preached in Braintree, Mass, August 15, 1873, at the Funeral of Rev. Richard Salter Storrs, D.D." by Prof. Edward's A. Park, 1874, donated by Peggy Menchen. Both the bound collection of sermons and sermon given at his funeral were passed down from her grandmother, Mary Storrs Packard, who was the reverend's great-great granddaughter.

The Farm to Table dinner is back!  A wonderful way to spend a Saturday evening.  😊
08/14/2021

The Farm to Table dinner is back! A wonderful way to spend a Saturday evening. 😊

The Farm to Table dinner is back! A wonderful way to spend a Saturday evening. 😊

Join us with your crafts!  πŸͺ‘🧢🎨
07/10/2021

Join us with your crafts! πŸͺ‘🧢🎨

Join us with your crafts! πŸͺ‘🧢🎨

Stop by and check out our new exhibit...Hats Hats!Stay tuned...more to come.
07/03/2021

Stop by and check out our new exhibit...

Hats Hats!

Stay tuned...more to come.

Congratulations to Thayer Academy grads Matt Steffan and Drew Bennett.  Drew and Matt were exhausted at the end of their...
06/26/2021

Congratulations to Thayer Academy grads Matt Steffan and Drew Bennett. Drew and Matt were exhausted at the end of their senior internship (See photos). Organizing the large collection items in the loft was just a part of their month-long experience. We thank them and we wish them good luck!

The first official day of summer is right around the corner and the Thayer House gardens are in bloom.  Many thanks to B...
06/12/2021

The first official day of summer is right around the corner and the Thayer House gardens are in bloom. Many thanks to Braintree Historical Society board member Gail Burns for overseeing our gardens.

Troop 138 were back again on Braintree Beautification Day, May 8, and did a wonderful job!  We also want to thank the To...
06/05/2021

Troop 138 were back again on Braintree Beautification Day, May 8, and did a wonderful job! We also want to thank the Town for hauling away all the lawn cleanup bags!

Troop 138 were back again on Braintree Beautification Day, May 8, and did a wonderful job! We also want to thank the Town for hauling away all the lawn cleanup bags!

Big thank you to Troop 138 for their community service project on May 1st to empty the French House carriage barn, 766 W...
06/05/2021

Big thank you to Troop 138 for their community service project on May 1st to empty the French House carriage barn, 766 Washington Street, in preparation for the restoration of the building in July.

Yesteryear's donations are blooming again!The purple lilacs were donated by Mr. and Mrs. Gardner Gage in memory of Mrs. ...
05/15/2021

Yesteryear's donations are blooming again!

The purple lilacs were donated by Mr. and Mrs. Gardner Gage in memory of Mrs. Harold M. Gage and the white lilacs were donated by Philergians.

Ann was a long time and dedicated member of the Society.
04/15/2021

Ann was a long time and dedicated member of the Society.

It is with great sadness we let you all know that our beloved Ann Stoyle has passed to the Church Triumphant.

CORRECTION #2 : There will only be memorial service in the church sanctuary NEXT Friday 4/23/2021 at 11 AM. (There will be no visitation time.)

Further details will be posted when they are finalized.

Beautiful spring day on the Society's campus.
04/10/2021

Beautiful spring day on the Society's campus.

Beautiful spring day on the Society's campus.

Great progress on restoration of the Barn!
03/27/2021

Great progress on restoration of the Barn!

The new roof is almost done!!!!
03/27/2021

The new roof is almost done!!!!

Then and now .
03/21/2021

Then and now .

Tree buds outside the Thayer House.Happy first day of spring!!!🌿⚘🌼
03/20/2021

Tree buds outside the Thayer House.
Happy first day of spring!!!🌿⚘🌼

Tree buds outside the Thayer House.
Happy first day of spring!!!🌿⚘🌼

Preparations to replace the Gilbert L. Bean Barn and Mary Bean Cunningham Historical Resource Center's roof!The roof beg...
03/13/2021

Preparations to replace the Gilbert L. Bean Barn and Mary Bean Cunningham Historical Resource Center's roof!

The roof began to fail more than five years ago, which led to water leaks threatening our historic collections.

Through the generosity of private donors, gifts specifically made for funding the replacement of the roof allowed us to embark on this project.

Preparations to replace the Gilbert L. Bean Barn and Mary Bean Cunningham Historical Resource Center's roof!

The roof began to fail more than five years ago, which led to water leaks threatening our historic collections.

Through the generosity of private donors, gifts specifically made for funding the replacement of the roof allowed us to embark on this project.

A look at a few of our displays of artifacts and local rocks and minerals in the Thayer House lower level.  This level h...
03/06/2021

A look at a few of our displays of artifacts and local rocks and minerals in the Thayer House lower level. This level hasn't been open for tours for many years, and after a project to paint and clean the area has been completed, we hope to reopen the area again after Covid restrictions are over.

02/20/2021

The Society will be closed today.
Enjoy the snow!

01/30/2021

The Society will be closed today.
Stay warm everyone!

Beautiful new exhibit for 2021!
01/09/2021

Beautiful new exhibit for 2021!

12/19/2020

We will be closed today and will reopen after New Year's weekend.

We wish everyone very happy and safe holidays!!! ❄❄❄

Volunteer John Donovan recently inventoried our Map Collections! We have two on display in the library, but our other ma...
12/05/2020

Volunteer John Donovan recently inventoried our Map Collections! We have two on display in the library, but our other maps are available to view during open hours on Thursdays and Saturdays.

11/25/2020

Just a reminder that we will be closed this week (Thursday 11/26 and Saturday 11/28) and we wish everyone a very happy Thanksgiving. 😊

Thank you to all the volunteers, armed with rakes and leaf blowers, who cleaned up the Society's grounds today.  A speci...
11/21/2020

Thank you to all the volunteers, armed with rakes and leaf blowers, who cleaned up the Society's grounds today. A special thank you to Dave McKenna and his crew from the town's Highway and Grounds Department for taking the leaves away!!!🍁🍁🍁

The French House sign has finally returned after a long absence. And we have our first ever sign for the Gallivan House!...
11/15/2020

The French House sign has finally returned after a long absence. And we have our first ever sign for the Gallivan House!

Pictured is Steven Leonard, retired attorney, Society Board member and hard working volunteer, who took the lead to get these new signs in place before the ground freezes.

Go to the comments for more info!

Reference book of the day.  A great tool in learning about past owners of your property.
11/07/2020

Reference book of the day. A great tool in learning about past owners of your property.

The Halloween snow is gone, but we are here! Great day to stop by to do some research and help us with the leftover Hall...
11/07/2020

The Halloween snow is gone, but we are here! Great day to stop by to do some research and help us with the leftover Halloween candy. πŸŽƒπŸ“–πŸ¬πŸ«

A snowy Halloween for the history books!Due to icy conditions, The Braintree Historical Society will be closed today.
10/31/2020

A snowy Halloween for the history books!

Due to icy conditions, The Braintree Historical Society will be closed today.

Halloween yard decorations of past and present...Liberty St., 2019.  Send us your spooky and fun yard pictures and we wi...
10/24/2020

Halloween yard decorations of past and present...Liberty St., 2019.

Send us your spooky and fun yard pictures and we will post them.on our FB site! πŸŽƒπŸ‘»πŸ•ΈπŸ•·

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31 Tenney Rd
Braintree, MA
02184

MBTA Red Line to Braintree Station MBTA Commuter Rail (Old Colony Line) to Braintree Station MBTA Bus #230 to Washington Street and Central Avenue

Opening Hours

Thursday 9:30am - 12:30pm
Saturday 12pm - 4pm

Telephone

(781) 848-1640

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I am trying to distinguish my Isaac Spear (1738-1795 m. Elizabeth Fenton) from others of the same name in Braintree. With so many libraries and repositories closed, I cannot get ahold of "THE DESCENDANTS OF GEORGE SPEAR, who settled at Braintree, Massachusetts, 1642-1988" to try to figure it out. Does anyone have this book or know how I might be able to search it online?
I have just come across some "scribblings" by my mother who sadly died 27 years ago, but she mentions being evacuated from London to Braintree, near Witham, Essex and staying with Mr and Mrs Edwards and their daughter Betty who was a similar age to her. Mum was born in 1925 and her name was Irene Thorn. She stayed in the area for 18 months and returned to London when she was 14 1/2. She mentions that the family were very kind to her and particularly remembers Mrs Edwards beautifully light apple sponge pudding! Does anyone know who this family is?
Hello Braintree residents! I am looking for some help. I have dated my ancestors to Braintree.. Captain Richard Brackett. Lived in Braintree from about 1642 until his death in 1690. I know he was ordained Deacon of the church in Braintree. Any historical info, pictures, comments welcomed. Feel free to send me a message privately! Anything helps! Thank you very much
Hi. This group was recently set up to share stories, histories and photos of Braintree, UK and Braintree, US. We've since grown in membership. It would be great to see more members from the US. Feel free to join
Collecting bodies for our clothing collection @ Sears in Hanover !
Greetings from the Jewelry City Steampunk Festival in Attleboro, MA. Our festival is a day-long celebration of the industrial history of our city with a little steampunk flair! This year we have partnered with Nancy Young's The Women At Work Museum and we are seeking woman to speak to our guests about the unique contribution to industrialization in our past, present, and speak on themes to inspire the leaders of tomorrow. Do you have a story to tell? We want to hear from you! Please contact us via Facebook, or email: [email protected] We look forward to hearing from you!
🌸 MARTIN HOUSE FARM OPENS IN ONE MONTH 🎼 Case High School drama department will be performing 3 short shows on the hour, starting at 1:30. 🎭 Historic house tours will be Sundays 1-4 pm. July 7 through September. πŸ₯ New this year, many craft workshops and demonstrations. Schedule to follow! Woo hoo! Hope to see you soon!
Want to experience the real meaning of Memorial Day in the oldest church building in Braintree? Join us this Sunday.
This is your personal invitation to join us this Sunday at 10:30 AM for Congregational Worship as we celebrate our 189th Palm Sunday worship service here at South Cong. You don't have to travel far to get Old Time Religion!
At the Braintree Community Arts Center this Tuesday 3:30-5:00PM for Kids in Grades K-3rd is a workshop presented by Historic New England, an educational and fun after-school program. Kids will discover history through fun, games, and crafts related to life in New England over the past 350 years, The cost is $10 per. Advance registration required you can do so online at https://unipaygold.unibank.com/transactioninfo.aspx… or by emailing center directly at [email protected]
Looking for that Christmas Spirit? Join us in the oldest continuously used religious edifice in Braintree on December 2nd at 2:30 PM!
Here is the picture I spoke to Bob Harris about on the phone on Nov. 20th. This is a tin type picture from the late 1800's or early 1900's. Looks like it was cut from a larger picture or just from a piece of tin. Can anyone put a value on this picture.