Easton Historical Society

Easton Historical Society Easton Historical Society and Museum of Easton, Massachusetts. Our mission is to preserve, promote and interpret our town's unique industrial, social, cultural, architectural and environmental history

Merry Christmas!
12/24/2019

Merry Christmas!

Monday, December 23, Happy Hanukkah!
12/22/2019

Monday, December 23, Happy Hanukkah!

Greetings!  You know Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and of course Rudolph, and you probably have heard of Black Friday, and Cyb...
12/21/2019

Greetings! You know Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and of course Rudolph, and you probably have heard of Black Friday, and Cyber Monday as well. On the radio driving to the Museum this morning, I heard a new one to me: Saturday is "Super Saturday" and is the day retailers expect to do their largest volume of business before Christmas.

Saturday is a "Super Saturday" for our members as well, because we are celebrating you with "Member Appreciation Day" this Saturday, the 21st! Join us at the Museum between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and check out these specials to help you finish your shopping:

All in stock prints of maps and art pictures are 1/2 price for the day!
Free History of Easton, Volume II with any print purchase!
Easton puzzles are just $5!
Special pricing on other publications too!

Members who come in can choose a free ornament as a thank you for your support. Any new membership receives a free ornament too! We also have free tote bags with any purchase.

And if that isn't enough, enjoy some free refreshments!

All of the above are while supplies last.

We appreciate the support of our members. Your generosity makes it possible for the Museum to operate and offer programming to all ages in Easton and the surrounding communities.

All the best,
Frank

Saturday is "Super Saturday" because we are celebrating you with "Member Appreciation Day" this Saturday, the 21st!  Joi...
12/20/2019

Saturday is "Super Saturday" because we are celebrating you with "Member Appreciation Day" this Saturday, the 21st! Join us at the Museum between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and check out these specials to help you finish your shopping. Click on our Weekly Update for more details on this event!

Weekly Update
12/20/2019
Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Greetings!  You know Dasher, Dancer, Prancer and of course Rudolph, and you probably have heard of Black Friday, and Cyber Monday as well. On the radio dr

Main Streetin North Easton village, was first laid out in 1744. It began a little south of Joseph Crossman's (now Thomas...
12/20/2019
Main Street, 3

Main Street
in North Easton village, was first laid out in 1744. It began a little south of Joseph Crossman's (now Thomas Randall's), passed between the gravel bank and the hill just west of it, came out where the road now runs east of Frederick Lothrop Ames' Farmhouse, kept through the village, and was continued nearly to the Stoughton line just above the Solomon R. Foster place. Those residents who had houses on this street in 1744 were Joseph Crossman, at the east end; Eliphalet Leonard, near the Red Factory, where he had a forge ; Samuel Randall, near the railroad bridge; John Randall, near the machine shop, Richard Williams, on the Unity Church location; James Stacy, at the now Simeon Randall place ; and Daniel Manley, on the east side of the Sol, Foster road, so called. In 1812 Main Street was straightened at its east end, and continued to the then new Stoughton turnpike, this extension being continued in 1850 to the North Bridgewater (now Brockton) line. The Solomon Foster end has not fared well. Voted in 1744, voted again in 1772, it has had but little done to it. It is no longer a thoroughfare to Stoughton, and was in fact very early superseded in that respect by the other two roads to that town.
History of Easton, William L. Chaffin, 1886
Main Street, viewing east on Main Street c 1880, info, Easton Historical Society

More information on this image is available at the Easton Historical Society in North Easton, MA. www.flickr.com/photos/historicalimagesofeastonma/albums , image, Main Street, viewing east on Main Street c 1880, info, Easton Historical Society , The development by Oliver Ames and Sons Corporation of...

Saturday December 21st from 9 am to 3 pm is Member Appreciation Day at the Easton Historical Society and Museum! Free gl...
12/19/2019

Saturday December 21st from 9 am to 3 pm is Member Appreciation Day at the Easton Historical Society and Museum! Free glass tree ornament with new membership; Free ornament and Easton tote bag with any purchase; Free pewter shovel ornament, RR station or glass ornament just for stopping by and saying Hi! New mark downs and sale items.

n 1960, the estate, formerly known as Wayside which had been the home of Louis Adams and Mary Shreve Ames Frothingham, w...
12/19/2019
Ames Frothingham, Mary Shreve, Wayside, 136 Elm Street, Easton, MA, Dedication as the Easton Town Hall, 1961, info, Easton Historical Society

n 1960, the estate, formerly known as Wayside which had been the home of Louis Adams and Mary Shreve Ames Frothingham, was turned over to the Town of Easton for $1, along with its 8.6 acres of land. There are two plaques noting the transfer to the Town of the home and the surrounding property on the wall near the door of the Town Offices opposite the staircase. The inscriptions on the plaques read This Building is a Gift to The Town of Easton In Memory of John S. Ames and Mary Ames Frothingham 1960, Given By Mrs. John S. Ames. The remaining part of Wayside, which included 71 acres was bought by William and Elise Ames Parker. The Town of Easton dedicated the building as its Town Hall on June 4, 1961.

Although Mrs. John S. Ames did not want any kind of recognition at the time of the gift to the Town in 1960, the Historical Commission felt it should have a more appropriate plaque. In December 1991, the plaque was dedicated where Mrs. Ames' son, David was supposed to be the speaker. However, he died ten days before the 1991 dedication, and his brother, Oliver F. Ames became the speaker.
Ames Frothingham, Mary Shreve, Wayside, 136 Elm Street, Easton, MA, Image of the first Dedication as the Easton Town Hall in 1961, info, Easton Historical Society

More information on this image is available at the Easton Historical Society in North Easton, MA. www.flickr.com/photos/historicalimagesofeastonma/albums , The development by Oliver Ames and Sons Corporation of the factory and village land use in a rather organic manner with a mix work-related class...

n 1880, residing at 135 Elm Street were Fredrick Lothrop, a manufacturer of shovels, and Rebecca Caroline Blair Ames, wi...
12/18/2019
Ames, Frederick Lothrop, Langwater, Frederick Lothrop Ames, 135 Elm Street, North Easton, MA, 1859, info, Easton Historical Society

n 1880, residing at 135 Elm Street were Fredrick Lothrop, a manufacturer of shovels, and Rebecca Caroline Blair Ames, with their daughters, Helen Anglier Ames (Hooper), and Mary Shreve Ames (Frothingham), and their three sons, Oliver Ames, Frederick Lothrop Ames II, and John Stanley Ames. Helen Anglier Ames (Hooper) married her husband and moved to Manchester, Massachusetts. Henry Shreve Ames died in infancy. The remaining four children all had estates of their own in Easton including Oliver Ames, later at - Sheep Pasture, - Mary Shreve Ames Frothingham, later at - Wayside, - Frederick Lothrop Ames II, later at - Stone House Hill House, - and John Stanley Ames, later at – Langwater. -
Ames, Frederick Lothrop, Langwater, Frederick Lothrop Ames, 135 Elm Street, North Easton, MA, 1859, info, Easton Historical Society

More information on this image is available at the Easton Historical Society in North Easton, MA. www.flickr.com/photos/historicalimagesofeastonma/albums , The development by Oliver Ames and Sons Corporation of the factory and village land use in a rather organic manner with a mix work-related class...

This Saturday is Easton Historical Society's  "Member Appreciation Day!"For new and existing members!! Stop down from 9-...
12/18/2019

This Saturday is Easton Historical Society's "Member Appreciation Day!"
For new and existing members!! Stop down from 9-3 at the Henry Hobson Richardson, RR Station and EHS Museum. Pick up your free gift, AND with many more last minute gifts available for your choosing. (see flyer please) Please come down and support this fantastic Easton Icon!

In 1694, William Hayward, one of the first settlers of Easton, built his home about fifteen rods east of the spring. The...
12/17/2019
Washington Street, Simpson Spring Company, F. A. Howard & Company, 719 Washington Street, South Easton, MA, info, Easton Historical Society

In 1694, William Hayward, one of the first settlers of Easton, built his home about fifteen rods east of the spring. The Hayward house burned in the latter part of the eighteenth century. Around 1800 the land passed into the hands of Samuel D. Simpson. He ran a blacksmith shop on the property as early as 1828 and later a wheelwright shop about 500 feet north of the present factory entrance on the east side of Route 138. Since Simpson also owned the woodland in which the spring was situated for many years prior to its commercial use, the present name, Simpson Spring, was given it by common usage, although many local people referred to it as - Ridge Hill Spring. -
Simpson Spring Company, F. A. Howard & Company, 719 Washington Street, South Easton, MA, info, Easton Historical Society

More information on this image is available at the Easton Historical Society in North Easton, MA www.flickr.com/photos/historicalimagesofeastonma/albums . The development by Oliver Ames and Sons Corporation of the factory and village land use in a rather organic manner with a mix work-related classe...

Kimball Store, John. 424 Bay Road,  Easton, MA, circa 1850, info, Easton Historical Society
12/16/2019

Kimball Store, John. 424 Bay Road, Easton, MA, circa 1850, info, Easton Historical Society

Showing on the 1852, 1855 and 1871 maps as part of the Calvin Marshall Farm and showing on the 1895 maps is the John B. ...
12/16/2019
Elm Street, Marshall House, William G. and Olive M., Langwater, Guernsey Cows across From 238 Elm Street,, North Easton, MA. info, Easton Historical Society

Showing on the 1852, 1855 and 1871 maps as part of the Calvin Marshall Farm and showing on the 1895 maps is the John B. and Mary F. Marshall House. The house at 238 Elm Street with land extending northerly to H. Marshall's property on Marshall Lane. The descendants of Benjamin and Mary Marshall of Bridgewater owned a great deal of properties in this section of North Easton. The land on which this house stands, ranging along both sides of Elm Street, had belonged since at least 1850 to John B. Marshall's grandfather, Calvin Marshall, In 1833, the Marshalls bought a forge and furnace on the north side of Elm Street. Calvin's sons, Timothy Gay, Calvin Jr., and Alonzo all settled in Easton. Family members coming to live in Easton were Ambrose R. Marshall, son of Calvin's brother, Roloson Marsh*all, his brother, Gannett Marshall, and Gannett's sons, Joseph H., and Oren Marshall.
Elm Street, Marshall House, William G. and Olive M., Langwater, Guernsey Cows across From 238 Elm Street,, North Easton, MA. info, Easton Historical Society

More information on this image is available at the Easton Historical Society in North Easton, MA. www.flickr.com/photos/historicalimagesofeastonma/albums . The development by Oliver Ames and Sons Corporation of the factory and village land use in a rather organic manner with a mix work-related class...

12/14/2019
Today!
12/13/2019
Weekly Update

Today!

Hello all!  We had two very successful weekends at the Museum.  Now it is time to visit another great location and share in the fun of a wonderful ev

Saturday, December 14th , Easton Shovel Town Cultural District Artisan's Faire, Queset House from 10 to 4 pm. Come by an...
12/13/2019

Saturday, December 14th , Easton Shovel Town Cultural District Artisan's Faire, Queset House from 10 to 4 pm. Come by and see us! The Easton Historical Society and Museum will have a table with our sale items...and membership forms, too!

Historically known as Wayside consisting of 79.6 acres of land accumulated in multiple purchases of parcels from 1909 th...
12/13/2019
Ames Frothingham, Mary Shreve, Wayside, 136 Elm Street, Easton, MA, 1909, info, Easton Historical Society

Historically known as Wayside consisting of 79.6 acres of land accumulated in multiple purchases of parcels from 1909 through 1915. Mary S. Ames was born in 1867 and grew up at Langwater in North Easton. After the passing of her parents, Frederick L. Ames (1835-1893) and Rebecca Blair Ames (1838-1903), and the marriages of her brothers, Oliver, F. Lothrop and John S. Ames, Mary wanted to have a home to call her own. Mary lived in the Gate Lodge on her brother John's estate while the house, designed by her friend and architect, Guy Lowell, was being built with construction finished in 1912.
Ames Frothingham, Mary Shreve, Wayside, 136 Elm Street, Easton, MA, 1909, info, Easton Historical Society

More information on this image is available at the Easton Historical Society in North Easton, MA. www.flickr.com/photos/historicalimagesofeastonma/albums , The development by Oliver Ames and Sons Corporation of the factory and village land use in a rather organic manner with a mix work-related class...

Frothingham Park in the snow today
12/12/2019

Frothingham Park in the snow today

Formal Garden and Orchard at LangwaterThe Formal Garden and Orchard is located toward the east between the Frederick Lot...
12/12/2019
Ames, Frederick Lothrop, Langwater, Frederick Lothrop Ames, Formal Garden and Orchard, 135 Elm Street, North Easton, MA, info, Easton Historical Society

Formal Garden and Orchard at Langwater
The Formal Garden and Orchard is located toward the east between the Frederick Lothrop Ames Estate Gate Lodge and the Frederick Lothrop Ames Estate Gardner's Cottage at 149 Elm Street. The area extends from the stonewall running parallel to Elm Street south to the area between the Potting Shed and Greenhouse and the Stable. The area between - Langwater - and the Gardner's Cottage had a pleasant aesthetic view with a wide walkway of cedar trees, to the Potting Shed, and piers or bases on which sculptures sit still in place. The paths in goes through overgrown woodland garden where there was trillium, lady slippers and orchids

More information on this image is available at the Easton Historical Society in North Easton, MA www.flickr.com/photos/historicalimagesofeastonma/albums , The development by Oliver Ames and Sons Corporation of the factory and village land use in a rather organic manner with a mix work-related classe...

Saturday, December 14th , Easton Shovel Town Cultural District Artisan's Faire, Queset House from 10 to 4 pm. Drop by th...
12/11/2019

Saturday, December 14th , Easton Shovel Town Cultural District Artisan's Faire, Queset House from 10 to 4 pm. Drop by the Easton Historical Society and Museum's table! Our Black Friday prices continue through December 24th.

Main Street, looking East down Main Street from the Rockery, North Easton, MA, c 1875, info, Easton Historical Society
12/11/2019
Main Street, 3

Main Street, looking East down Main Street from the Rockery, North Easton, MA, c 1875, info, Easton Historical Society

More information on this image is available at the Easton Historical Society in North Easton, MA. www.flickr.com/photos/historicalimagesofeastonma/albums , image, Main Street, looking east down Main Street from the Rockery, North Easton,MA, c 1875,, info, Easton Historical Society , The development....

Around 1840, Elijah Howard & Company sold the Village Factory Company to Captain Barzilai Dean, who has been residing at...
12/10/2019
Depot Street, Dean, John O., 105 Depot Street, Eastondale, MA, info, Easton HIstorical Society

Around 1840, Elijah Howard & Company sold the Village Factory Company to Captain Barzilai Dean, who has been residing at 682 Washington Street since 1827. The Village Factory Company continued to manufacture cotton, yarn, bed ticking, aprons, cotton print products in a light texture, and related products and operated the grist mill. Later, the factory building was enlarged and became a machine shop.
Following the passing of Captain Barzillai Dean, one of his sons, Thomas Holmes Dean became owner of the factory and grist mill. The Dean family's Quesnel River water privilege, cotton manufacturing company, and the grist mill were inherited by his son. Thomas Holmes Dean. Later, Thomas Holmes Dean's brother, John Otis Dean joined his brother with the business name of T. H. and J. O. Dean Company.
On November 6, 1912, John Otis Dean passed away in Easton at the age of seventy-seven, with his burial in the South Easton Cemetery.
Dean, John O., 105 Depot Street, Eastondale, MA, info, Easton Historical Society

More information on this image is available at the Easton Historical Society in North Easton, MA. www.flickr.com/photos/historicalimagesofeastonma/albums , The development by Oliver Ames and Sons Corporation of the factory and village land use in a rather organic manner with a mix work-related class...

Ames & Sons Corporation, Oliver, Main Street, North Easton, MA, 1884, info, Easton Historical Society
12/09/2019
Ames & Sons Corporation, Oliver,

Ames & Sons Corporation, Oliver, Main Street, North Easton, MA, 1884, info, Easton Historical Society

Ames & Sons Corporation, Oliver, Main Street, North Easton, MA, 1884, info, Easton Historical Society More information on this image is available at the Easton Historical Society in North Easton, MA www.flickr.com/photos/historicalimagesofeastonma/albums , Sequence of Companies O. Ames 1803-1844 Oli...

Thank you, Mansfield Historical Society. It was nice meeting you! We appreciate your kind words and hope to see you agai...
12/08/2019

Thank you, Mansfield Historical Society. It was nice meeting you! We appreciate your kind words and hope to see you again soon!

Today we visited our neighbors at the Easton Historical Society. Their museum is located at 80 Mechanic Street in a very cool old railroad station. We suggest you check it out sometime! We were delighted to see this Easton & Mansfield sign above their door, a relic from the former Easton & Mansfield trolley line that once ran between the two towns. They have excellent displays, impressive portraits and busts of the prominent Ames family, and many publications on Easton history available for purchase. We bought two, and they gave us a free Christmas ornament! Now that’s neighborly. Thank you to our friends in Easton!

12/07/2019
Easton Community Access Television

Jonathan Jackson Coe at the Easton Historical Society with the Easton Garden Club

Did you know that the Easton Historical Society is having a Black Friday Sale right up until Christmas?

We had a chance to speak to Easton Historical Society Director Jonathan Jackson Coe about it during today's Easton Lions Holiday Festival.

This video also includes some beautiful greenery from the always excellent Easton Garden Club Greens and Wreath Sale

Sunday, December 8, Holiday Open House from 1pm to 5 pm.Join us for a time of fellowship and great holiday shopping!
12/07/2019

Sunday, December 8, Holiday Open House from 1pm to 5 pm.
Join us for a time of fellowship and great holiday shopping!

Weekly Update
12/06/2019
Weekly Update

Weekly Update

Hello from beautiful Easton, Massachusetts! A cloudy day has it feeling like a little snow may make an appearance just in time for Saturday's annual festival.&

n 1882, the Rockery was created by the third generation of Ames in Easton, who brought together two noted designers, arc...
12/06/2019
Ames, Rockery, The, Barrows, Lincoln, and Main Streets, North Easton, MA, info, Easton Historical Society

n 1882, the Rockery was created by the third generation of Ames in Easton, who brought together two noted designers, architect, Henry Hobson Richardson, and landscape architect, Frederick Law Olmsted. The design work, – Cairn, - later called the -Rockery- was one of the first done by Frederick Law Olmsted, Sr. in Massachusetts. The Richardson projects in Easton were given to the Town by a private benefactor, the Ames family of North Easton. Most of Olmsted’s early projects were for public entities like park departments or an Olmsted park requiring public reports and accountability. The third generation of Ames were children of Oliver Ames Jr., Frederick Lothrop Ames (1835-1893) and Helen Angier Ames (1836-1882) and the children of Oliver's brother, Oakes Ames, who were Oakes Angier Ames (1829-1899) and Governor Oliver Ames, (1831-1895). Besides the Rockery, the third generation of Ames in Easton brought together two noted designers, architect Henry Hobson Richardson (1836-1886) and landscape architect Frederick Law Olmsted (1822-1903), to design structures in the North Easton Village.

More information on this image is available at the Easton Historical Society in North Easton, MA. www.flickr.com/photos/historicalimagesofeastonma/albums , image, Rockery, The, 1883 , info, Easton Historical Society . The development by Oliver Ames and Sons Corporation of the factory and village lan...

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