Dover Historical Society

Dover Historical Society Welcome to the Dover Historical Society's page. We hope this will be a gathering place for those people interested in the town of Dover, past, present, and future.
The Dover Historical Society is a charitable educational institution organized under Chapter 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Service Code. It is supported through membership and private donations.

03/13/2020

Due to health concerns, the Society is postponing the Annual Meeting and talk on Excavating Pilgrim PLYMOUTH has been postponed. The new date will be posted as soon as it is available.

EXCAVATING PILGRIM PLYMOUTH-"Pits, Posts, and Palisades: The Archaeology of the Plymouth Colony Settlement on Burial Hil...
03/02/2020

EXCAVATING PILGRIM PLYMOUTH-"Pits, Posts, and Palisades: The Archaeology of the Plymouth Colony Settlement on Burial Hill". The Dover Historical Society
is presenting a talk by Dr. David Landon on March 18 at 7:30 PM at the Dover Legion George Preston Post, 32 Dedham St., Dover. All are invited. There is no admission charge. Dr. Landon's presentation will showcase
the results to date, highlighting the artifacts unearthed, the earliest building construction methods and the first evidence for the palisade. Come and learn about this crucial
period in New England history from the very
person who is attempting to disentangle myth
from reality. Dr. Landon is the associate director of the Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological
Research, University of Massachusetts Boston.

SAVE THE DATE! A Talk by David LandonThe Annual Meeting of the Dover Historical Society will be held on March 18 at 7:30...
02/20/2020

SAVE THE DATE!
A Talk by David Landon

The Annual Meeting of the Dover Historical Society will be held on March 18 at 7:30 PM at tne Dover Legion Post, 32 Dedham St.
Dr. David Landon will talk on "The 400th Anniversary: Excavating Pilgrim Plymouth". He will discuss the most important discoveries at the excavation on Burial Hill in Plymouth where remains of the first settlement, dating from ca. 1620-1650, have been found at the edge of this historic cemetery. He is the Associate Director of the Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research, University of Massachusetts Boston.
All are invited. There is no admission charge. Refreshments.
This year, Plymouth is celebrating the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower ‘s landing in Plymouth Harbor and the founding of the colony at Plymouth. The fully restored replica of the Mayflower is expected to return to Plymouth on May 21st.

Dr. David Landon will speak at the Dover Historical Society’s  Annual Meeting Landon on Wednesday, March 18th at 7:30 pm...
02/08/2020

Dr. David Landon will speak at the Dover Historical Society’s Annual Meeting Landon on Wednesday, March 18th at 7:30 pm in the Dover Legion George Preston Post, 32 Dedham Street:
He will discuss “Pits, Posts, and Palisades: The Archaeology of the 17th-century Plymouth Colony Settlement on Burial Hill, Plymouth, Massachusetts.”
Come and learn about this crucial period in New England history from the very person who is attempting to disentangle myth from reality.
David Landon is the Associate Director of the Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research, University of Massachusetts Boston

11/10/2019

A memorial service commemorating the life of Paul H. Tedesco, who passed away Nov. 3rd, will be held in the St. Andrews Episcopal Church, 79 Denton St., Wellesley, on Friday, November 15 at 10:00 a.m. A well known local historian, author, and Dover resident, he was a past president of the Dover Historical Society.

Have you visited Caryl House recently? Many of the exhibits have been redone to show the house by period. Scenes include...
10/06/2019

Have you visited Caryl House recently? Many of the exhibits have been redone to show the house by period. Scenes include: After the Midday Meal, Dr. George Caryl's Medicine Chest, Sermon Preparation, Reading the Evening Paper 1818 Style and A Peek into Sunday's 12-Page Sermon. Both the Caryl House Farm Museum and Sawin Museum are open Saturdays from 1 to 4 PM through November 23rd. Come visit us!

Stop by the Sawin Museum and Caryl House this fall. Both museums are open fro 1:00 PM to 4:00 each Saturday through Nove...
09/24/2019

Stop by the Sawin Museum and Caryl House this fall. Both museums are open fro 1:00 PM to 4:00 each Saturday through November 23rd. At the Sawin Museum, some of the displays have been added to since the spring season. Observe the development of certain types of military equipment including watches, compasses and maps from the Revolutionary War through WW II

09/18/2019

The fall season for the Dover Historical Society has opened at the Society’s museums.

Cary House, 107 Dedham St. and the Sawin Museum, 80 Dedham St., will continue to be open from each Saturday from 1:00 to 4:00 PM through November 23rd.

Stop by to see the refreshed exhibits/

The Dover Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at the Connors Center, 20 Glen St...
03/22/2019

The Dover Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 at the Connors Center, 20 Glen Street, Dover, at 7:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend free of charge. There is plenty of parking and refreshments will be served. The featured speaker will be long time Dover resident Bonnie Akins who will recount the history and evolution of this storied 300 acre property from its early beginnings as a passageway from Boston and Dedham through Indian Territory to Sherborn in the mid-17th century to the present as a Retreat Center, the Connors Center, owned by Boston College.

Thanks to the Dover Sherborn High School's a cappella singing group, Noteworthy, the Dover Historical Society launched t...
12/16/2018

Thanks to the Dover Sherborn High School's a cappella singing group, Noteworthy, the Dover Historical Society launched the Holiday Season in grand style this past Sunday afternoon. A dozen singers performed in the Caryl Farm’s Fisher Barn. They serenaded visitors with a delightful array of seasonal music which they had chosen and arranged themselves.

They and the audience then adjourned to enjoy a bonfire, roasted marshmallows and other refreshments in the yard, in addition to tours of the Benjamin Caryl House built in 1774. The House is one of the oldest homes in Dover – the only one currently Listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Along with more seasonal refreshments, decorations and a fire in the old kitchen fireplace, the sound of their beautiful voices ringing out was a welcome and joyous addition to the season.

We are grateful to Music Director Geoff Herrmann, and singers Grace Qian, Lila Hovey, Bethany Peterson, Rebekka Perinne, Jack Green, Cristina Agostino, Aidan Levinson, Tommy Shea, Edie Howell, Will Field, Leo Gnann and Rachel Wiese for their valuable addition to this annual event.

The Dover Historical Society is pleased to announce that this year’s Annual Caryl Farm Holiday Open House will be held S...
11/29/2018

The Dover Historical Society is pleased to announce that this year’s Annual Caryl Farm Holiday Open House will be held Sunday, December 9 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. at Caryl Farm, 107 Dedham Street in Dover Center.

Our special feature this year will be a performance by the Dover-Sherborn High School A Cappella singing group, Noteworthy. The group will sing a variety of their favorite songs from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. in the Fisher Barn. Refreshments will be served before and after the performance in the Benjamin Caryl House which will be decorated for the upcoming Holiday Season. Ample parking is available in the Chickering Fields lot across the street. There is no parking at the Farm itself although handicapped individuals can be dropped off in the driveway.

Eric Arnold, Executive Director of Hale Reservation in Westwood, will speak at the Dover Library, Lower Level Wednesday,...
10/28/2018

Eric Arnold, Executive Director of Hale Reservation in Westwood, will speak at the Dover Library, Lower Level Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 7:30 p.m.. This program is co-sponsored by the Dover Historical Society and Chicatabot Garden Club. Refreshments will be served starting at 7:00 p.m.

The Dover Historical Society is pleased to announce that popular speaker, author and Brandeis University Professor Paul ...
10/14/2018

The Dover Historical Society is pleased to announce that popular speaker, author and Brandeis University Professor Paul Jankowski will return to Dover, Wednesday, October 24 at 7:30 p.m. in the Dover Library, Lower Level. His topic will be: Verdun: WWI’s Ironic, Iconic Battle.

Dr. Jankowski has received wide acclaim for his recently published book on Verdun which, as he told the New York Times Sunday Review in an article about the book, was the beginning of the disastrous, devastating, yet for the French, iconic battle which lasted 300 days and claimed 300,000 French and German lives

10/05/2018

Caryl Farm which includes both the Benjamin Caryl House and the Fisher Barn will reopen for the rest of the fall season beginning Saturday, October 6 and continuing until the end of November, Saturday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and by appointment.
The opening was originally delayed by the discovery of a serious infestation of powder post beetles in both buildings. Although the Society had hoped and expected to be able to complete eradication of this problem by the end of the summer, it has become clear that it is both far more extensive and therefore expensive than we are currently able to deal with. Given the beetle’s upcoming dormancy during cooler weather, it is deemed safe to reopen while it assembles the necessary resources to completely eradicate the destructive situation.

The Dover Historical Society announces the reopening of the Sawin Museum on Saturday, September 1 from 1:00p.m. – 4:00 p...
08/30/2018
The Dover Historical Society

The Dover Historical Society announces the reopening of the Sawin Museum on Saturday, September 1 from 1:00p.m. – 4:00 p.m. as regularly scheduled. Featured is the main floor WWI exhibit which has received wide acclaim. Don’t miss the opportunity to view this 100th Anniversary exhibit which will close at the end of November. The Museum will be open each Saturday afternoon as above. Individual appointments can also be arranged by contacting the Curators at 508-785-0229 or 508-785-0567.

Caryl Farm, on the other hand, will remain closed at least through the end of September while the Historical Society continues its battle with an active powder post beetle infestation in both the Caryl House and Fisher Barn. The Society had hoped to complete this process by the end of the summer, but that has not been possible. It is hoped that the buildings can once again be open to the public beginning in October. Consult the website for confirmation: www.doverhistoricalsociety.org

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11/28/2017

Holiday Music at the Caryl House

Be sure to save Sunday afternoon, December 10, 2017 from 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. to come celebrate the Holidays with popular singer, song-writer and Victorian history interpreter, Diane Taraz, at the Benjamin Caryl House, 107 Dedham Street, Dover. Ms. Taraz will perform and lead a sing-a-long in traditional, though not necessarily religious, holiday music from 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Period refreshments will also be served.

10/28/2017

In the late 18th century, there was an 800 acre fantasy land which included a 225 room luxury hotel in addition to a number of truly bizarre and fascinating features. Known today as the Ridge Hill Reservation, only a fraction of this great estate remains. It is the subject of a program sponsored by the Dover Historical Society on Wednesday, November 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dover Library, Lower Level. The public is welcome free of charge and refreshments will be served.

The presenter of this talk is Gloria Greis, Ph.D. Executive Director of the Needham History Center & Museum. It is entitled “Mr. Baker’s Fairyland of the Beautiful and Bizarre".

Frederick Law Olmstead is the subject of a lecture sponsored jointly by the Dover Historical Society and Chicatabot Gard...
09/30/2017

Frederick Law Olmstead is the subject of a lecture sponsored jointly by the Dover Historical Society and Chicatabot Garden Club on Wednesday, October 18 at 7:30 p.m. at the Dover Library, Lower Level. Alan Banks will be the speaker. He is Supervisory Park Ranger of Fairsted in Brookline, Ma., Olmstead’s last home and the center of his business practice. He oversees the historical interpretation of this Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site.
This one hour illustrated lecture will sample this rich landscape legacy and explore the ideas that shaped some of the most treasured places in Massachusetts. The public is invited, free of charge. Refreshments will be served.

The Sawin Museum has mounted a series of displays on World War I.  Some contrast iconic US and German equipment and arms...
09/18/2017

The Sawin Museum has mounted a series of displays on World War I. Some contrast iconic US and German equipment and arms, others show the “little things” of great importance to the “doughboy”, such as his pocket Bible, mess tin and utensils, sewing kit and the kind of bed he slept on when fortunate enough to be offered one.
Seventy six citizens of Dover served their country, for which five of them gave their lives.
The Museum will be open Saturday afternoons from 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m., September 23 through the end of November, or by appointment (508-785-1830) and again in the spring, April – June.

09/01/2017

The Caryl House will open for the fall season on Saturday, September 9th. Sawin Museum will open with a new exhibit on World War I on Saturday, September 23rd. Both museums will be open Saturdays from 1 to 4 PM through November 18th Come visit us.

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06/20/2017

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06/07/2017

This is a beautiful time to visit the Society's three museums. The Caryl House, Fisher Barn and Sawin Museum are open Saturdays from 1 to 4 PM through the end of June.

05/19/2017

You are invited! Join us at the Society's Annual Garden Party on Sunday, June 4th from 2 to 4 PM at the Caryl House. The house will be decorated for the season and refreshments will be served.

05/03/2017

Come visit us this spring. The Caryl House, Fisher Barn and Sawin Museum are open Saturdays from 1 to 4 PM through the end of June.

Dover residents are in for a treat on Wednesday, April 26.   That’s when Dover Historical Society member and Dover resid...
04/14/2017

Dover residents are in for a treat on Wednesday, April 26. That’s when Dover Historical Society member and Dover resident Barbara H. Palmer will present her program on the Carousel in America. The program will be at 7:30 p.m. in the Dover Library, Lower Level. Refreshments will be served and all are welcome to attend free of charge.

03/15/2017

You are invited to the Society's Annual Meeting on Wednesday, March 22nd at 7:30 PM in the Dover Library, Lower Level Community Room. In addition to the election of officers and presentation of the 7th Annual Preservation Award, the featured speaker will be Paul Jankowski, the Raymond Ginger Professor of History at Brandeis University, who will discuss "The United States Involvement in WWI".

02/09/2017

Please renew your membership in the Dover Historical Society or join us for the first time and show you believe history plays a vital role in understanding today's world, and that our town's history is worth celebrating. If you did not receive a membership application in the mail, please contact us at [email protected].

11/28/2016

Sunday, December 4 is the date of the Dover Historical Society’s Annual Holiday Open House to be held at the Benjamin Caryl House, 107 Dedham Street from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Special feature this year will be John Arcaro, pianist and keyboard artist, who will perform Holiday music and accompany a sing-a-long of Holiday songs from 2:30 to 3:30.
Traditional refreshments will be provided and all are invited free of charge

The Dover Historical Society will present a program on Thursday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m. by Peter Hauschka entitled:  B...
10/21/2016

The Dover Historical Society will present a program on Thursday, November 10 at 7:30 p.m. by Peter Hauschka entitled: Bees, Honey and the Important Role of Massachusetts in the History of Beekeeping. The program will be held in the Dover Town Library, Lower Level.

Peter Hauschka is a retired scientist who practices organic beekeeping and organic fruit farming in Needham, MA. He was educated at Amherst College (biophysics) and received a doctorate in biology/biochemistry from The Johns Hopkins University. He taught medical and dental students at Harvard, ran a laboratory at Boston Children's Hospital and authored over 100 research publications in orthopaedics and bone cell biology, cancer metastasis, and stem cells.

Peter volunteers at the Powisset Farm in Dover and offers homemade fruit preserves and organic honey at the Powisset Farm stand. He and his wife, Barbara, have three children and three grandchildren.

All are welcome to attend. Admission is free and refreshments will be served.

The Grand Re-Opening of the Sawin Museum, held last month, celebrated the interior and exterior renovations to the build...
10/07/2016

The Grand Re-Opening of the Sawin Museum, held last month, celebrated the interior and exterior renovations to the building. Elisha Lee, Dover Historical Society president, and Stuart Swiny, Sawin Museum curator, thanked Dover residents and those from far away who had contributed to the building.

06/24/2016

The Society has closed its three museums for the summer. The Caryl House and Fisher Barn will reopen Saturday, September 3. The Sawin Museum will re-open on September 17 with a Grand Re-opening Celebration, open to the public. Details will be forthcoming for this exciting, not to be missed event. Watch the newspapers, your mail and the website for details as they become available.

All museums can be visited during the summer by appointment. Should you wish to make one, please call the main Historical Society number, 508-785-1832 which is monitored on at least a weekly basis. You can also visit the website, doverhistoricalsociety.org for further information.

Despite threatening rain, a standing room only crowd filled the Fisher Barn last Sunday at the Caryl House Annual Garden...
06/21/2016

Despite threatening rain, a standing room only crowd filled the Fisher Barn last Sunday at the Caryl House Annual Garden Party to hear Judith Sumner. She gave a most delightful and informative talk about herbs and other plants that have been used throughout history in a variety of ways to preserve food, add flavor, and cure various and sundry ills. A botanist by training, Sumner is also a born story teller and she added humor and fascinating facts to her extraordinary depth of knowledge to a program all agreed was a highlight of the season.

Judith Sumner will speak on plants in medicine, cooking and dyeing at the Caryl House Garden Party on Sunday, June 5h at...
04/28/2016

Judith Sumner will speak on plants in medicine, cooking and dyeing at the Caryl House Garden Party on Sunday, June 5h at the Caryl House. Judith Sumner is a botanist who specializes in ethnobotany, flowering plants, plant adaptations, and garden history. She has taught extensively both at the college level and at botanical gardens, including the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University and Garden in the Woods. Please join us at the Garden Party to be held from 2 to 4 PM on June 5th.

Judith Sumner is a well-known and popular botanist, historian, author and speaker. Her program, which will begin in the Fisher Barn at 2:30 will focus on herbs in the Kitchen Garden. Entitled The Importance and Relevance of the Kitchen Garden from 18th c. to Today for Flavors, Colors and Cures, she will help us all to better understand the critical importance such gardens have played throughout our history and continue today.

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