Littleton Historical Society Inc Massachusetts

In response to a call, signed by Herbert J. Harwood, George A. Sanderson and Frank B. Priest a group of interested citizens formed the Historical Society on June 11, 1894. The Society was incorporated in 1896 with the object to collect and preserve manuscripts, printed books, pamphlets, historical facts, biographical anecdotes, historical relics and to stimulate research in local history-a mission which continues. Today, the Society thrives in the midst of a continually changing Littleton.

Also available at the Holiday Bazaar on Saturday - this year's village block or ornament celebrating Donelan's Supermark...
12/05/2019

Also available at the Holiday Bazaar on Saturday - this year's village block or ornament celebrating Donelan's Supermarket. Anyone remember this facade of the 1950-60s? The lighthouse? As always, free-standing blocks or hanging ornaments are $10.

12/05/2019

Oh, yeah! We are open Sunday, December 8 from 2-4pm if you can't make it to the bazaar but want to pick up a calendar or some other gift item. Peruse our Business & Industry exhibit before it is dismantled in January. We love visitors!

How are you going to keep track of your dentist appointments in 2020? By coming to the Holiday Bazaar on Saturday and bu...
12/05/2019

How are you going to keep track of your dentist appointments in 2020? By coming to the Holiday Bazaar on Saturday and buying a calendar from the Historical Society, of course! A mix of old and new photos illustrating the "Heart of Littleton" is this year's theme. Stop by our table!

At the Littleton Middle School, 55 Russell St 12/7 from 9-3pm. A Littleton tradition.

You know how you always plan to visit near by historic sites but you never quite get there? Here's your excuse - visit u...
12/03/2019

You know how you always plan to visit near by historic sites but you never quite get there? Here's your excuse - visit us at the Littleton Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, December 7 at the Littleton Middle School (55 Russell St) and enter one of our raffles for passes to the following area museums. Maybe you'll be lucky enough to win an excuse and support the Historical Society as well!

4 Passes to the Concord Museum
4 Passes to the Fitchburg Art Museum
2 Passes to the Springfield Museums
1 Year family membership to the Strawberry Banke Museum (to be filled out by winner)
4 Passes to the Peabody Essex Museum
2 Plymouth Plantation Vouchers
4 Passes to the Harvard Museums of Science and Culture
4 Passes to the House of Seven Gables (not to be used in October)
Family pass (2 adults, 2 children) to Old Sturbridge Village.

(Photo courtesy of OSV on flickr.com)

Thanks to all who organized and attended!
11/21/2019

Thanks to all who organized and attended!

Over 85 friends and neighbors joined us in celebrating Native American Heritage Month this past Saturday at Sarah Doublet Forest in Littleton, Massachusetts! Our guides taught us about Wunnuhhew (Sarah Doublet), the Nashobah Praying Indians and their ancestral lands, and the history of Sarah Doublet Forest. We can't thank Quiet Storm, Strong Medicine Bear, and the volunteers of the Littleton Conservation Trust and Littleton Historical Society Inc Massachusetts enough for organizing such a memorable experience as part of our Connecting Communities: Walks & Talks series on Storied Women.

Yes! So they can read old documents when they come to the Historical Society. 📚
11/07/2019

Yes! So they can read old documents when they come to the Historical Society. 📚

Veterans Corner Project Littleton MA
10/17/2019

Veterans Corner Project Littleton MA

The 190th consecutive season for the Littleton Lyceum starts soon!
09/23/2019

The 190th consecutive season for the Littleton Lyceum starts soon!

Littleton Lyceum Press Release: First show of new season:

The new Littleton Lyceum season is off to a sizzling start on Friday, October 4, at 7:30 pm in Littleton High School’s Performing Arts Center on 56 King Street. Edwin Pabon will entertain with music from his native Puerto Rico, including salsa, merengue, bolero, and mambo. You won’t want to miss this lively musical evening—bring your dancing shoes!
This is the 190th season in the Littleton Lyceum’s long history of providing cultural enrichment at affordable prices! Season tickets are available for families or individuals for $25.00, and single admissions may be purchased at the door for $8.00, $5.00 for seniors and students.
For more information, check out our website at littletonlyceum.org.

09/14/2019

Yard Sale!
We are going to have a yard sale on Saturday, Sept 28 (9am-2) and Sunday, Sep 29 (10am-1) on the lawn of the Houghton Memorial Building at 4 Rogers Street to benefit the Society. We are looking for donations so if you've been cleaning house this summer and have a pile of gently used items to discard, save them for us! We will be accepting donations Thursday and Friday Sept 26-27 from 6:00-7:00pm. Or, for a $10 donation, you can have your own spot on the lawn (Sat, Sun or both) and keep your proceeds. Call 978-486-8202 or email us [email protected] for more information

Donelan's is celebrating their 71st birthday. Congratulations to them!
09/06/2019

Donelan's is celebrating their 71st birthday. Congratulations to them!

The early days of our Littleton location!

Wednesday, August 21 - 6:30-8:00 p.m.On the lawn of the Houghton Memorial Building4 Rogers StreetIt is that time again! ...
08/15/2019

Wednesday, August 21 - 6:30-8:00 p.m.
On the lawn of the Houghton Memorial Building
4 Rogers Street

It is that time again! Join us for the 14th Annual Peach Social—an “ap-peach-iation” and thank you to our members and friends for your continued support of our activities. Enjoy a summer dessert made with locally grown peaches courtesy of SpringDell Farm. (Free of charge - Rain or Shine)

The museum will be open for you to visit our exhibit “Business & Industry in Littleton” and lots of other things for you to see...or sit on the lawn and catch up with friends.

Come early the peaches will go fast!

These guys would be popular on a day like today: "Ice Always on Hand for Sale." While there, you could get their tomato ...
07/20/2019

These guys would be popular on a day like today: "Ice Always on Hand for Sale." While there, you could get their tomato sausage (a specialty!), a hog slaughtered, some lard, and bone scraps for your chickens. Conveniently located at the Common behind the present Mobil station. The barn was later home to the Conant Iron Works.

John M. Hartwell and Fred A. Hosmer were the owners.

Historical Commission meeting on Wednesday to discuss 529 King St with the Building Commissioner. I will post what we fi...
07/02/2019

Historical Commission meeting on Wednesday to discuss 529 King St with the Building Commissioner. I will post what we find out for those who are interested. It is a public meeting at the Town Hall - room 233 at 7 p.m. (not televised)

GONE!! I drove by 529 King St yesterday and was shocked (one adjective among others) to see the farmhouse at Il Forno's ...
06/28/2019

GONE!! I drove by 529 King St yesterday and was shocked (one adjective among others) to see the farmhouse at Il Forno's restaurant was gone. According to information passed along to the Historical Commission, they were undergoing renovations and things escalated quickly to the demolition. Unfortunately, because historic demolition procedures were not followed, we didn't even have a chance to document the house.

Since the 1980's the house has been used as a restaurant in a string of owners/operators. In the 1950's-1960's Robert & Virginia Warfield and then Jerome & Marion Rooney owned it and ran the Country Craftsman,a woodworking shop, as pictured in the black & white photo.

Prior to that it was owned by Grace Smith, Harriet & Augusta Smith, Lucy Flagg, Boynton & Osman Needham, Emma Bradley, Ai Hostley (a blacksmith), Joseph Fletcher, Oliver Daland, Asaph Cutter, James Burnham, William Lapham, Luther Phelps (cordwainer), Samuel Smith.

That takes it back to 1836. We don't have any historical photos of the house. Does anyone have one to share?

06/25/2019
Preservation Massachusetts

Lots of work being done on our Native American landscspes.

Freedom's Way National Heritage Area Partnership Grant Recipient Project 2019:

Littleton, MA - Native American Ceremonial Stone Landscape Preservation at the Sarah Doublet Forest & Nature Preserve
Recipient: Littleton Conservation Trust
Partner: Littleton Historical Society

Aa a first step in pursuing permanent protections for the 98-acre Sarah Doublet Forest and Nature Preserve, funds will assist in supporting a federally-recognized tribal ceremonial stone preservationist and ceremonial stone landscape research contractor to map and assess the Native American Ceremonial Stone Landscape on the property in accordance to National Register of Historic Places Standards.

Named after the last Native American resident of the property, the Sarah Doublet Forest and Nature Preserve is the core of what was once the Nashobah Praying Indian Village/New Town Indian Village, an important cultural and natural landscape. The exploration of historic significance will guide subsequent community efforts to permanently protect the site.

There are still seats available on Saturday's historic sites bus tour! Sign up to reserve your space now! Tours will lea...
05/12/2019

There are still seats available on Saturday's historic sites bus tour! Sign up to reserve your space now! Tours will leave from behind the Shattuck Street building (41 Shattuck St) at 10:00 and 11:30 am. Please email [email protected] or leave a message at 978-486-8202. Name, phone#, number of seats you'd like and the time. Tour will last approximately one hour and is free of charge.

Part of the Freedom's Way National Heritage Hidden Treasures program. We thank them for sponsoring this event.

Littleton Historical Society Inc Massachusetts's cover photo
04/28/2019

Littleton Historical Society Inc Massachusetts's cover photo

Did you Google something today? Google’s logo was celebrating the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, a German school of art, ...
04/13/2019

Did you Google something today?

Google’s logo was celebrating the 100th anniversary of Bauhaus, a German school of art, design, and architecture, founded in 1919 by architect Walter Gropius.

This reminded me of Littleton’s connection to Gropius. Having fled Europe prior to WWII, Gropius eventually settled in Lincoln, Mass and became a naturalized citizen of the U.S. in 1944. He was a founding member of The Architects’ Collaborative with a group of young architects who believed in a collaborative approach to architectural projects.

The Architects’ Collaborative was hired by the Town of Littleton in early 1956 to design a new school building to house 600 students and relieve the overburdened Shattuck Street School.

That building became the Junior -Senior High School on Russell Street, which opened to students in September 1957. The school eventually held only high school classes until the end of its life when grades seven and eight were integrated back into the school.

Fifty years after it was built, in 2007, the Bauhaus-inspired “modern” school building was demolished to make way for a new Middle School. Only the gymnasium remains. From all reports, it was a problem-plagued building, almost from the get-go, but did we appreciate it for what it was?

Littleton and Walter Gropius. Who knew?

Two cousins: Aquilla and Aaron Jewett. Aquilla, a lieutenant in charge of a company of militia marching to Concord, serv...
03/26/2019

Two cousins: Aquilla and Aaron Jewett. Aquilla, a lieutenant in charge of a company of militia marching to Concord, serving seven days and returned home to Littleton. Aaron, a lieutenant who served over four months, marched to Saratoga, and returned to be a founder of the Harvard Shakers. How did their experiences shape their lives?

Find out by joining us on Friday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Church Unitarian (19 Foster St, Littleton, Mass) for an original play "Patriots' Path: Steps to Revolution." The story of what happened in Littleton during the decade that ended in 1775 when the Minutemen faced the British troops in armed combat to start on the path to independence. Free.

Imagine you are the Rev Daniel Rogers in 1774.  Your parishioners are gearing up for a fight to win independence from op...
03/24/2019

Imagine you are the Rev Daniel Rogers in 1774. Your parishioners are gearing up for a fight to win independence from oppressive taxes and governance from a country they increasingly had no ties to. You, however, are not on their side. What would be in store for you? For your family?

Find out by joining us on Friday, March 29 at 7:30 p.m. at the First Church Unitarian (19 Foster St, Littleton, Mass) for an original play "Patriots' Path: Steps to Revolution." The story of what happened in Littleton during the decade that ended in 1775 when the Minutemen faced the British troops in armed combat to start on the path to independence. Free.

03/14/2019
Cornerstone ceremony at Shattuck Street School during construction of new wing 1938.
03/03/2019

Cornerstone ceremony at Shattuck Street School during construction of new wing 1938.

Cornerstone ceremony at Shattuck Street School during construction of new wing 1938.

Did you work at Herpy's Ice Cream stand? Is this you? Photo isn't dated or labeled. Great interior shot!
02/08/2019

Did you work at Herpy's Ice Cream stand? Is this you? Photo isn't dated or labeled. Great interior shot!

Join us at the Annual Holiday Bazaar at the Littleton Middle School (57 Russell St) from 9-3pm. Holiday tradition for us...
12/01/2018

Join us at the Annual Holiday Bazaar at the Littleton Middle School (57 Russell St) from 9-3pm. Holiday tradition for us and many non-profit groups from Littleton. Lots of gift ideas!

The museum will be closed on Wednesday, November 21 so our volunteers can clean their houses and bake their pies. We wil...
11/20/2018

The museum will be closed on Wednesday, November 21 so our volunteers can clean their houses and bake their pies. We will reopen on November 28. Enjoy!

11/15/2018

The Historical Society program for November 15 has been cancelled due to the predicted weather. (How crazy is that on November 15?)🤨

I Wear My Poppy With Pride
11/11/2018

I Wear My Poppy With Pride

11/11/2018

Long shot: Does anyone have a photo of either of the "caves" or root cellars that were on Tahattawan Road (at the Foster Street intersection) or at Warren Street? Fingers crossed!

10/21/2018

☘️☘️Passing on this info for the genealogists out there:

Tom Toohey is giving several lectures on "Irish Genealogy Before 1800". These are the dates and times:
Beebe Library, Wakefield, MA Nov. 5,2018 @ 7 pm Townsend Library, Townsend,MA Nov 6, 2018 @ 7:00 pm Rogers Library, Hudson, NH Dec. 14, 2018 @ 1:30 pm

Mr. Toohey is well known in genealogy circles as a local authority on Irish genealogy. ☘️☘️☘️☘️

Littleton Historical Society Inc Massachusetts's cover photo
10/08/2018

Littleton Historical Society Inc Massachusetts's cover photo

What is your vision? Design Open House on Thursday, October 11 between 6:30-8:30 p.m. (drop in-drop out), at the Littlet...
10/08/2018

What is your vision?

Design Open House on Thursday, October 11 between 6:30-8:30 p.m. (drop in-drop out), at the Littleton Middle School (55 Russell Street)

Join the Master Plan Implementation Committee and the Fort Point Associates' consultants to discuss the revitalization of Littleton Common. Input is needed from the community, so let your voice be heard.

Your comments will help draft the roadmap to improving the Common and surrounding area, including zoning and regulation changes that may be required.

Join us for a historical look at Littleton Common on Thursday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Congregational Church (3...
09/18/2018

Join us for a historical look at Littleton Common on Thursday, September 20 at 7:30 p.m. at the Congregational Church (330 King St).

Littleton Common has been in the forefront of discussions lately so we thought it was an opportune time to take an historical look at the Common area. Old photos will give us a glimpse to what the Common area looked like and how much it has, or hasn’t changed. Today, it is a blend of commercial buildings and residences much like it has been for years, just a lot busier. We will trace some of the changes and look back to when it truly was a New England Common.

08/22/2018

Reminder: Peach Social tonight 6:30-8pm. Rain or shine although it isn't going to rain. At least MY forecast says so!

Our doors will be open Wednesday evening from 7-9 p.m. A chance to stop by and look at our "Country Roads Take Me Home" ...
08/12/2018

Our doors will be open Wednesday evening from 7-9 p.m. A chance to stop by and look at our "Country Roads Take Me Home" exhibit, browse our postcard collection, or check out our permanent exhibits. By the way, we're open on Sunday 8/12 from 2-4pm as well!

The Society Museum will be open Wednesday evening July 18 from 7-9 p.m.  We have our "Country Roads Take Me Home" exhibi...
07/17/2018

The Society Museum will be open Wednesday evening July 18 from 7-9 p.m. We have our "Country Roads Take Me Home" exhibit with photos of the beautiful homes on our main streets plus our permanent displays. Take the opportunity to stop by!

We will be closed on July 4th but join us at the Unitarian Church (19 Foster St)  for a community-wide event. Festivitie...
07/03/2018

We will be closed on July 4th but join us at the Unitarian Church (19 Foster St) for a community-wide event. Festivities begin at 1 p.m., and include music, poetry written by the 6th grade on "What America Means to Me", ice cream for attendees, and a reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Littleton resident Robert Barney will play 18th-century musical selections on an organ that might have been heard during a early-America Independence celebration.

Information on the African American soldiers from Littleton who participated in the Revolution will be on display.

Funded by a grant from the Littleton Cultural Council

Littleton Historical Society Inc Massachusetts's cover photo
06/20/2018

Littleton Historical Society Inc Massachusetts's cover photo

The Historical Society museum will be open Wednesday night June 20 from 7-9pm. Come see our "Country Roads Take Me Home"...
06/20/2018

The Historical Society museum will be open Wednesday night June 20 from 7-9pm. Come see our "Country Roads Take Me Home" exhibit. See the beautiful homes that line the main roads in town. Or check out our permanent exhibits.

Littleton Conservation Trust
05/17/2018

Littleton Conservation Trust

Join us on May 19th for Hidden Treasures!!

We are all stuck at home today but I do have this snowy photo to share. Can anyone guess where this is?
03/13/2018

We are all stuck at home today but I do have this snowy photo to share. Can anyone guess where this is?

Here is a neat, although somewhat tilted, photo of the depot from Harvard Road.You can see the Conant grain store just b...
01/28/2018

Here is a neat, although somewhat tilted, photo of the depot from Harvard Road.You can see the Conant grain store just beyond the depot building, the nice wide dirt road, and that beautiful tree in what is now Brad Miller's garage parking lot. if you look closely enough on the right, you can see the drinking fountain we all remember fondly.

Buying local 1950s style. Some receipts from the Mannion archive.
01/09/2018

Buying local 1950s style. Some receipts from the Mannion archive.

We also have our 2018 calendar - Littleton Recreation for sale - $12
12/15/2017

We also have our 2018 calendar - Littleton Recreation for sale - $12

Need a unique gift idea? The museum will be open Saturday 12/16 from 9:30-noon for you to pick up a Littleton themed gif...
12/15/2017

Need a unique gift idea? The museum will be open Saturday 12/16 from 9:30-noon for you to pick up a Littleton themed gift.

Dish towel/banners ($10); etched-glass ornaments of the Houghton Building ($18); Book: Littleton 300 Years of History ($43); Images of America photo book ($20); historic village blocks & ornaments ($10); magnets and post-it notes for stocking stuffers...and more!

Great day at the holiday bazaar yesterday! Thank to everyone who stopped by. The museum will be open on Sunday, December...
12/04/2017

Great day at the holiday bazaar yesterday! Thank to everyone who stopped by. The museum will be open on Sunday, December 12 (2-4pm) if you missed us. Some great Littleton gifts and stocking stuffers including our etched-glass ornament of the Houghton Building, a dishtowel or banner with the "Entering Littleton" road sign - makes a great banner for a dorm room, books, village blocks and more.

Address

4 Rogers St
Littleton, MA
01460

General information

Open every Wednesday 1:00 - 4:00 pm and the SECOND Sunday of every month 2:00 - 4:00 pm

Opening Hours

Wednesday 13:00 - 16:00

Telephone

(978) 486-8202

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Open invitation to celebrate Carolyn Webster's big birthday!
The Townsend Historical Society warmly welcomes you to visit for a daylong celebration of our revolutionary history. On Saturday, October 5, history will come alive at the Reed Homestead with tours, hearth cooking, and craft demonstrations. Docents will lead you through our Federal-era dwelling, which is well known for its Rufus Porter murals. Volunteer reenactors will set up camp, perform military drills and musket firings throughout the day. Civilians of the same period will be demonstrating period crafts such as candle dipping, writing, toys, and games. Last, you’ll be offered a rare glimpse into cooking on the hearth and beehive oven as our chefs prepare a demonstration of a noontime meal in the house’s kitchen. This daylong celebration is for you and your family. Admission is free but we encourage you to join the Townsend Historical Society if you like what you see. Come down and experience history hands-on. See you there! This event is rain or shine. For any questions, please contact the Townsend Historical Society: 978-597-2106. https://www.facebook.com/events/362996417638343/
John Hathaway passed away this passed Tuesday and his calling hours will be Sunday at Badger funeral home from 5:30 to 8pm. Funeral will be Monday at 11am. Details will be on Boston.com and Lowellsun.com on Friday.
Julie Welch Bucceri I've been recently finished reworking Patriots' Path: Steps to Revolution, a play that was commissioned by the Littleton Historical Society. The play takes a look at how Littleton residents responded to events in the 1760s and 1770s and the tensions that resulted as neighbors chose sides. I'm still looking for an African American woman to play the role of Violet Harwood, a woman with a unique perspective on the events at hand. This is a community theater production that will be performed script in hand with a limited rehearsal schedule. If you have a friend or colleague who might be interested in playing Violet, or are simply interested in learning more about the play itself, get in touch! Patriots' Path: Steps to Revolution, Friday March 29, 7:30 pm at First Church Unitarian,19 Shattuck Street, Littleton, MA
We love the treasures we found today at the yard sale, especially our beautiful new toddler-approved bench! We love our LHS!
Two weeks ago, Littleton Boy Scouts hiked from Lexington Green to the Old North Bridge in Concord. We stopped by the old burying ground in Lexington. This was a neat thing to find. Capt. Priest of Littleton's tombstone.