Methuen Historical Society

Methuen Historical Society The Tenney Gate House is the home to the Methuen Museum of History and the Methuen Historical Society. Museum is open to the public and is admission free.

Donations are always appreciated.

Operating as usual

10/29/2021

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Join Us for Our Annual Meeting

Thursday, November 4 7:00 p.m.

This year's Annual Meeting will be held virtually via Zoom due to the ongoing pandemic. We'll be reviewing this year's accomplishments with reports from our various committees and looking ahead to plans for the coming year.

How can I attend the Annual Meeting?
If you'd like to attend, please email us at [email protected] and we'll email you a link to attend virtually via Zoom. We hope you can join us!

A few pics from last weekends Open House Event.  Looking forward to doing it again in the spring!
10/15/2021

A few pics from last weekends Open House Event. Looking forward to doing it again in the spring!

10/04/2021

MEETINGHOUSE HILL CEMETERY
OPEN GATE EVENT

The Methuen Historical Society would like to announce that the "Open Gate" event originally scheduled for the 4th of July program has been rescheduled. It will be held Saturday, October 9th from 11:00am to 2:00 pm at the Meeting House Hill Cemetery (East Street, across from Holy Family Hospital).

It will be an opportunity to view some of these oldest and most historic headstones in Methuen. The work of cleaning, stabilizing and restoring the headstones was completed by Epoch Preservation and the Methuen Historical Society volunteers. This project was funded by a generous grant of the Methuen Festival Of Trees.

The Methuen Historical Society's Education Committee will have exhibits on Revolutionary homes and the patriots buried at Meeting House. Bring your questions and enjoy the day!

Grey Court- Post card prior to 1907
09/17/2021

Grey Court- Post card prior to 1907

Grey Court- Post card prior to 1907

Look familiar? Picture is prior to 1908Postcard donated by Jenlyn Haggerty Marjerison
09/13/2021

Look familiar? Picture is prior to 1908
Postcard donated by Jenlyn Haggerty Marjerison

Look familiar? Picture is prior to 1908
Postcard donated by Jenlyn Haggerty Marjerison

09/04/2021

The Methuen Museum of History is closed for the holiday weekend. See you next Saturday from 12-2!

08/13/2021

🍁🍂 Please join us for a Traditional Fall Ham & Bean Supper to be held on Saturday, September 25, 2021 from 4:00 pm - 7:30 pm at the Methuen V.F.W. 26 River St.

Ticket prices for adults are $10 and children 10 & under, $6.

The family friendly menu will include ham or hot dog w/roll, baked beans, potato salad, coleslaw, pickles, bread, beverages and dessert.

Please join us for music, Methuen history displays and raffles!
Proceeds to benefit the Methuen Museum of History and upcoming lecture series, Methuen Neighborhoods to be held winter of 2022. Be on the look out for more information on this series!

Tickets are available by calling 978-683-2252, emailing [email protected] or post here!
Checks, cash or venmo accepted.

Looking forward to seeing you all there! 🌻

07/31/2021

Due to unforeseen circumstances the Methuen Museum of History will be closed today 7/31/2021.

Thank you to everyone who participated this morning for the reading of the Declaration of Independence! What a wonderful...
07/04/2021

Thank you to everyone who participated this morning for the reading of the Declaration of Independence! What a wonderful way to start off July 4th!

Thank you to everyone who participated this morning for the reading of the Declaration of Independence! What a wonderful way to start off July 4th!

And the winner is Ted.  How exciting to have someone who was in attendance win!  Good luck Ted!  Thank you everyone who ...
07/04/2021

And the winner is Ted. How exciting to have someone who was in attendance win! Good luck Ted! Thank you everyone who bought tickets - it is greatly appreciated!

07/03/2021

ONLY 3 more left! One of these could be the lucky🍀 ticket!

A $20 donation will help support the Methuen Museum of History! Don't miss your chance to be a millionaire 💰. Checks, cash and venmo accepted! Venmo me @Joy-Karpowicz The drawing is tomorrow July 4th, 11:30 at the Meeting House Hill Cemetary. You do not need to be present to win.

07/03/2021

****Despite the inclement weather predicted for tomorrow, the reading of the Declaration WILL take place. The cemetery WILL NOT be opened and tours postponed for a later date. The raffle WILL take place immediately following the reading.🇱🇷********
The wonderful new Methuen Fourth of July tradition of reading the Declaration of Independence will take place again this year! The Methuen Historical Society celebrates our nation’s 245th birthday by organizing two events for the morning of July 4th!

Methuen residents – individuals and families – are invited to come to Methuen’s Meetinghouse Hill (located across from the entrance to Holy Family Hospital) on Sunday, July 4th for the reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Following the reading, Methuen’s oldest cemetery, will be open for browsing and tours. Forty-seven Revolutionary Minutemen and soldiers are buried in the cemetery. Look for the story boards near their stones!

The cemetery will be open from 10:30 to 1:00 pm with the reading taking place at 11:00. Don't forget the drawing for the annual Methuen Historical Society fundraiser for the Methuen Museum of History. Plenty of time to still get tickets! Please check the raffle post for more details. Hope to see you there!🇱🇷

06/29/2021

The wonderful new Methuen Fourth of July tradition of reading the Declaration of Independence will take place again this year! The Methuen Historical Society celebrates our nation’s 245th birthday by organizing two events for the morning of July 4th!

Methuen residents – individuals and families – are invited to come to Methuen’s Meetinghouse Hill (located across from the entrance to Holy Family Hospital) on Sunday, July 4th for the reading of the Declaration of Independence.

Following the reading, Methuen’s oldest cemetery, will be open for browsing and tours. Forty-seven Revolutionary Minutemen and soldiers are buried in the cemetery. Look for the story boards near their stones!

The cemetery will be open from 10:30 to 1:00 pm with the reading taking place at 11:00. Don't forget the drawing for the annual Methuen Historical Society fundraiser for the Methuen Museum of History. Plenty of time to still get tickets! Please check the raffle post for more details. Hope to see you there!🇱🇷

Still trying to keep our history alive! Beside supporting a Methuen treasure you get a chance on winning big 💰!Venmo me ...
06/26/2021

Still trying to keep our history alive! Beside supporting a Methuen treasure you get a chance on winning big 💰!
Venmo me at @Joy-Karpowicz or I would be happy to pick up your donation. Thank you, I greatly appreciate your support!

Still trying to keep our history alive! Beside supporting a Methuen treasure you get a chance on winning big 💰!
Venmo me at @Joy-Karpowicz or I would be happy to pick up your donation. Thank you, I greatly appreciate your support!

06/19/2021

Museum of Methuen History is open today June 26th from12-2. Come on by! Located next to city hall.

Keeping Methuen history alive! Raffle sponsored by the Methuen Historical Society benefitting the Methuen Museum of Hist...
06/14/2021

Keeping Methuen history alive! Raffle sponsored by the Methuen Historical Society benefitting the Methuen Museum of History at the Tenney Gate House. Venmo me at @Joy-Karpowicz or I would be happy to pick up your donation. Checks maybe made payable to the "Methuen Historical Society". Thank you, your support is greatly appreciated!

Keeping Methuen history alive! Raffle sponsored by the Methuen Historical Society benefitting the Methuen Museum of History at the Tenney Gate House. Venmo me at @Joy-Karpowicz or I would be happy to pick up your donation. Checks maybe made payable to the "Methuen Historical Society". Thank you, your support is greatly appreciated!

11/08/2020

Please join us for our Annual Meeting Tuesday, November 10th 7:00 p.m. This year’s Annual Meeting will be held virtually via
Zoom due to the current pandemic. We’ll be presenting
the Preservation Award. The award is given annually to individuals for their contributions to historic preservation in Methuen.

If you’d like to attend, please email us at
[email protected] and we’ll email you a link to attend virtually via Zoom. We hope you can join us!

A fantastic way to spend a beautiful Sunday!
11/06/2020

A fantastic way to spend a beautiful Sunday!

METHUEN'S OLDEST BURIAL GROUND OPEN TO PUBLIC ON SUNDAY: Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery (across from the entrance to Holy Family Hospital) is the final resting spot for 47 Revolutionary Minutemen as well as four soldiers of the earlier French and Indian War and two soldiers from the War of 1812. Thanks to the Methuen Historical Society, many of the cemetery's badly damaged graves have been repaired ... & the usually locked site will host an "Open Gate" event Sunday, Nov. 8 from 11am to 2pm. READ MORE IN OUR NOV. PAPER, NOW ON THE STREETS

11/01/2020

OPEN GATES
Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery
Methuen, MA
November 8th
10:30am to 2pm
The Methuen Historical Society will be opening the gates. Come see the newly repaired stones at the usually locked Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery. A beautiful pine tree burying ground surrounded by Edward Searles architecture and filled with the gravestones of town founders, carved by the likes of Benjamin Day and Robert Mullicken.
Please wear a mask and social distance when visiting the cemetery. The current limit for gatherings outdoors is 50 people so be mindful of this if it seems too busy to safely distance during your visit.
Here is a little history
Sometimes called Daddy Frye's Hill Cemetery due to its location on Daddy Frye's Hill
Meeting House Hill Cemetery is a historic cemetery at East and Arlington Streets in Methuen, Massachusetts. Established in 1728, it is the city's oldest cemetery, and the only major surviving element of its original town center. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 15 April 1984 .
In 1728 the town of Methuen voted that there should be a graveyard provided in the town, somewhere near the meeting house. William Whittier and Joshua Swan were chosen to measure and bound out the said graveyard. They selected a piece of land "twenty rods in length by six or seven in width on the hill quite near the meeting house. In 1803 it was enlarged by the addition of another piece of land on the south side. The cemetery was used for a hundred years or more.

09/12/2020

Today is the day! The Methuen Museum of History will be open from 10:00-12. We look forward to your visit!

07/05/2020

So many thank you’s to the people of Methuen who joined the Historical Society this morning on Meetinghouse Hill to recite the Declaration of Independence and tour our oldest burial ground. Over 100 people came out for this new Methuen tradition. Thank you to the people who volunteered to read a section of this glorious document. A special thank you to Pastor Bill Ingraham of First Church Congregational for starting us off just as Rev. Christopher Sargent would have done in 1776. Mark your calendars to gather for the reading on the 245th anniversary of our Declaration of Independence-July 4, 2021.

We still have tickets! A $20 donation will help support our history and give you a chance to create your own! Don't miss...
07/01/2020

We still have tickets! A $20 donation will help support our history and give you a chance to create your own! Don't miss your chance to be a millionaire and support a great cause! Checks, cash and venmo accepted! Will deliver! We can be reach here or [email protected]. The drawing is Saturday July 4th, noon at the Meeting House Hill Cemetary. You do not need to be present to win.

03/17/2020

The Methuen Museum of History will be closed til further notice. Be well friends.

02/24/2020

Reminder! On Monday, Feb 24, the Methuen Historical Society will be having a introduction meeting for those interested in volunteering with events and projects this year. The meeting will begin at 6:30 and all are welcome. Come share our history! The museum is located next to city hall on Pleasant Street.

07/04/2019
Reminder! Informational meeting Tuesday night at the Gatehouse 7pm!Preserving Our Past TogetherMethuen CemeteryInventory...
06/24/2019

Reminder! Informational meeting Tuesday night at the Gatehouse 7pm!

Preserving Our Past Together
Methuen Cemetery
Inventory Project

How You Can Help

This project will involve minimal walking. The time commitment will be about 1 or 2 hours a day on those days designated ( or any you can attend).- You will be provided with any existing maps and forms to record the information on each stone. Based on the information we gather, the committee will continue with researching these families. For detailed information please see https://www.methuenhistoricalsociety.org/events

If you would like to help, please call the Historical Society at (978) 683-2252 and leave your name and contact information.
We have scheduled 2 information sessions to be held at the Tenney Gatehouse on Saturday, June 29 at 11:00 a.m. and
Tuesday, July 9 at 7:00 pm.

06/07/2019

Summer Hours at the Methuen Museum of History start this Saturday.
Wednesdays 12-2
Saturdays 10-12
And by appointment

Saturday looks like a lovely Spring day! Pack a picnic and start your day off with a visit to the Methuen Museum. After ...
05/30/2019

Saturday looks like a lovely Spring day! Pack a picnic and start your day off with a visit to the Methuen Museum. After your visit take a walk (or drive) up the hill to the Greycourt State Park! The park is a great place to picnic and enjoy a beautiful sunny day. Aren't we lucky to have so much history in our backyard!

Open Saturday 12-2. Please join us!
05/28/2019

Open Saturday 12-2. Please join us!

05/24/2019

Museum Hours: Saturday 12-2 and open Memorial Day 9-11.
Stop by after the parade!

Wonderful time at the Methuen Health and Wellness Fair exhibiting The History of Methuen Public Schools.
05/24/2019

Wonderful time at the Methuen Health and Wellness Fair exhibiting The History of Methuen Public Schools.

Address

37 Pleasant Street
Methuen, MA
01844

Opening Hours

12pm - 2pm

Telephone

(978) 683-2252

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🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸CELEBRATE JULY 4TH WITH A READING OF THE DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE & A TOUR OF METHUEN'S OLDEST CEMETERY (where 47 Revolutionary Minutemen & other war heroes are buried)! The Methuen Historical Society will celebrate our nation’s 245th birthday with two events for the morning of July 4th! In 1776, the Continental Congress mandated that every town read the Declaration of Independence at their various Meeting Houses. In addition, every town had to print the Declaration in the official records of the community. In Methuen, the Declaration of Independence was entered into our records on July 17, 1776. Methuen residents – individuals and families – are invited to come to Meetinghouse Hill (located across from the entrance to Holy Family Hospital) at 10:30am on Sunday, July 4 to participate in the reading of the Declaration of Independence. The Historical Society is seeking people to read a small section of the Declaration. People may sign up to read by e-mailing [email protected]. The participation of children is encouraged. Following the reading, The Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery - Methuen’s oldest cemetery - will be open for browsing and tours. Forty-seven Revolutionary Minutemen and soldiers are buried there as well as four soldiers of the earlier French and Indian War and two soldiers from the later War of 1812. Posters will be placed by the graves of soldiers whose homes are still standing. The posters will give some information about the Minuteman and a description and picture of the House. This year, information boards will be put by the graves of Revolutionary soldiers whose known homes are not still in existence. ”A committee comprising of Thomas Whittier, James Davis and Richard Swan, was appointed on August 28, 1726 to procure an acre of land for a burying ground,” according to Maureen Pollard, President of the Historical Society. “Since this cemetery is usually locked, this is a wonderful opportunity for Methuen residents to visit this wonderful piece of our history.” The Historical Society has organized an enthusiastic group of volunteers to clean the graves in this cemetery. Many of the old gravestones were not readable, but after careful cleaning, some look almost new! The project was funded by a grant from the Festival of Trees. In addition to the cleaning project, many of the broken stones will be restored by a professional firm. The cemetery will be open from 11:00 am to 1 pm. (Methuen Life Mag)
Open today , from noon to 2, come by, say hello. Hope to meet ya
Plan ahead... we will once again have our 4th of July reading of the Declaration of Independence at the Meeting House Hill Cemetery. We are in the planning but if you would like to take part in the read, leave a note... thank you
Its that time again, we ARE BEGINNING OUR ANNUAL RAFFLE. please remember that all proceeds are use for the operation of the museum. Tickets are available from Board members, on line at website or call we can get them to ya. 978-683-2252
Daddy Frye's Hill
OPEN GATES Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery Methuen, MA November 8th 10:30am to 2pm The Methuen Historical Society will be opening the gates. Come see the newly repaired stones at the usually locked Meetinghouse Hill Cemetery. A beautiful pine tree burying ground surrounded by Edward Searles architecture and filled with the gravestones of town founders, carved by the likes of Benjamin Day and Robert Mullicken. Please wear a mask and social distance when visiting the cemetery. The current limit for gatherings outdoors is 50 people so be mindful of this if it seems too busy to safely distance during your visit. Here is a little history Sometimes called Daddy Frye's Hill Cemetery due to its location on Daddy Frye's Hill Meeting House Hill Cemetery is a historic cemetery at East and Arlington Streets in Methuen, Massachusetts. Established in 1728, it is the city's oldest cemetery, and the only major surviving element of its original town center. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 15 April 1984 . In 1728 the town of Methuen voted that there should be a graveyard provided in the town, somewhere near the meeting house. William Whittier and Joshua Swan were chosen to measure and bound out the said graveyard. They selected a piece of land "twenty rods in length by six or seven in width on the hill quite near the meeting house. In 1803 it was enlarged by the addition of another piece of land on the south side. The cemetery was used for a hundred years or more.
exciting event coming -- Nov......
as you know, we are in the process of preserving/repairing headstones at Meeting Houe Hill Cemetery. We have a stump we need help removing. space is too tight for a stump grinder. any able bodied folks have suggestions/ what to help?
have you seen what's happening at Meeting House Hill Cemetery? Phase three of restoration of gravestones. here are a few /.
On Monday, phase 3 will begin on the Meeting House Hill Cemetery project. Epoch Preservation will begin with the restoration/repair of stones. We have completed an index and map that is available on our website. Thank you to our volunteers who spent over 100 hours cleaning each stone and thank you to the Festival of Trees for sponsoring our efforts
It was a great time..
Meeting Hill Burying Ground July 4th