Willard House and Clock Museum

Willard House and Clock Museum Step back in time and see where clockmaking began in Central Massachusetts. The Willard Clock Museum features over 75 Willard clocks, tools, 18th and 19th century firearms, and Nipmuc Indian artifacts in a period setting. Come by for a guided tour!
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On this day in 1775 militia and minutemen from Massachusetts began marching as a result of the attacks at Lexington and ...
04/19/2020

On this day in 1775 militia and minutemen from Massachusetts began marching as a result of the attacks at Lexington and Concord. Simon, Ephraim, and Aaron Willard were among those that marched from Grafton. While Simon and Ephraim found replacements and returned home shortly after they left, Aaron stayed on for at least a month and was present for the Siege of Boston, and reported that he helped to build the lower fort at Roxbury.

The Willard House and Clock Museum will be closed to the public until further notice. Stay safe everyone!
03/26/2020

The Willard House and Clock Museum will be closed to the public until further notice. Stay safe everyone!

COVID-19 Emergency Response: Effective immediately, the Willard House & Clock Museum will be closed to the public throug...
03/15/2020

COVID-19 Emergency Response: Effective immediately, the Willard House & Clock Museum will be closed to the public through at least April 3 for all events, lectures and tours.
Please continue to check our website for additional updates.
For questions and concerns, communicate with us via email at [email protected]
#covid_19 #socialdistancing #cloroxwipes #cleanmuseum

Willard House and Clock Museum remains open regular winter hours, and we welcome visitors. In the meantime, recognizing ...
03/12/2020

Willard House and Clock Museum remains open regular winter hours, and we welcome visitors. In the meantime, recognizing concerns about the spread of COVID-19, we are following an enhanced set of cautionary protocols to ensure that our visitors and our staff remain healthy.

Concert at Willard House!
03/04/2020

Concert at Willard House!

SAVE THE DATE!
02/29/2020

SAVE THE DATE!

Thanksgiving dinner has come to us!!!
11/13/2019

Thanksgiving dinner has come to us!!!

A very mad Halloween to you all from Willard House!
10/31/2019

A very mad Halloween to you all from Willard House!

Don't forget to check under the bed tonight...#happyhalloween #horroratthemuseum #bearyscary #mrbear #willardhouseandclo...
10/31/2019

Don't forget to check under the bed tonight...
#happyhalloween #horroratthemuseum #bearyscary #mrbear #willardhouseandclockmuseum #thatbedspreadtho

Sometimes you just can't keep it together...#halloween #dollsofinstagram #horroratthemuseum #museumproblems
10/30/2019

Sometimes you just can't keep it together...
#halloween #dollsofinstagram #horroratthemuseum #museumproblems

10/04/2019

Our executive director and board president providing a little entertainment! #hardtobehumble #morethanclocks

Conservator David Gow putting the finishing touches on the display cabinet for the rare Simon Willard shelf clock with m...
07/13/2019

Conservator David Gow putting the finishing touches on the display cabinet for the rare Simon Willard shelf clock with manual almanac in the base, c. 1781

Some wonderful arrangements from the “Time for Flowers “ exhibit at the a Willard!!  Still time to see everything tomorr...
06/08/2019

Some wonderful arrangements from the “Time for Flowers “ exhibit at the a Willard!! Still time to see everything tomorrow from 1-4!!

Sometimes you need to clean out your closets! We are cracking up here with this recent discovery! #nationalarchivesweek
06/05/2019

Sometimes you need to clean out your closets! We are cracking up here with this recent discovery! #nationalarchivesweek

04/21/2019

The Willard House and Clock Museum will be closed today, April 21. Happy Easter and Happy Passover!

03/03/2019

Joe K. Walsh and Grant Gordy in concert!

03/02/2019

Willard House and Clock Museum will be closed today, March 2 due to weather.

We will be closed for tours tomorrow, March 3 for the Joe K. Walsh and Grant Gordy concert. There are still tickets available; please call and leave a message to secure your spot!

12/23/2018

Hope you have been nice this year! You are being watched!

Don't forget to set your clocks back an hour Saturday night! We certainly won't!
11/02/2018

Don't forget to set your clocks back an hour Saturday night! We certainly won't!

Cheers and Happy Birthday Aaron! #clocksofinstagram #happy261st #aaronwillard #willardhouse #autumnbaby
10/14/2018

Cheers and Happy Birthday Aaron! #clocksofinstagram #happy261st #aaronwillard #willardhouse #autumnbaby

The Connecticut River, called by some "the Nile of America" due to its fertile landscape from overflowing its banks for ...
08/22/2018

The Connecticut River, called by some "the Nile of America" due to its fertile landscape from overflowing its banks for millions of years. Home of dozens of American and Canadian clockmakers.

This guitar keeps perfect time!January 2017 Martin unveiled its two millionth guitar, and it is just our style! With RGM...
07/19/2018

This guitar keeps perfect time!
January 2017 Martin unveiled its two millionth guitar, and it is just our style! With RGM (rgmwatches.com) they created a guitar decorated like a pocket watch, and with a working watch embedded in the headstock. Our director and guitar player/enthusiast, Robert C. Cheney, went to visit it in Nazareth, PA.

To see some lovely close-ups and the specs for this guitar, follow the link: http://bit.ly/2uRj3SO

05/13/2018

Lots of fun today with Blue Parrot!

All apart!
05/12/2018

All apart!

The NAWCC Chapter 8 meeting has moved inside due to the weather. Standing room only for Robert C. Cheney's talk! @ Willa...
05/12/2018

The NAWCC Chapter 8 meeting has moved inside due to the weather. Standing room only for Robert C. Cheney's talk! @ Willard House and Clock Museum

A good day to crochet! Demonstrating some simple crochet by way of granny squares. Come by and see!
04/28/2018

A good day to crochet! Demonstrating some simple crochet by way of granny squares. Come by and see!

Two lectures and a kid's craft in honor of Simon Willard's birthday! #8dayclocks #patenttimepiece #sundials #happybirthd...
04/08/2018

Two lectures and a kid's craft in honor of Simon Willard's birthday! #8dayclocks #patenttimepiece #sundials #happybirthday @ Willard House and Clock Museum

It's Simon Willard's birthday! Just before 2PM and we already have 36 guests!
04/08/2018

It's Simon Willard's birthday! Just before 2PM and we already have 36 guests!

04/01/2018

Happy Easter! The Willard House and Clock Museum will not be open today.

Spring is here and our winter hours are over! Until next January we are open Wednesday through Saturday 10am-4pm and Sun...
03/31/2018

Spring is here and our winter hours are over! Until next January we are open Wednesday through Saturday 10am-4pm and Sunday 1pm-4pm. @ Willard House and Clock Museum

Progress made!
03/24/2018

Progress made!

Cross stitch at the Willard today!
03/24/2018

Cross stitch at the Willard today!

03/24/2018
Tower Clock

March 25, 2018
How Clocks Work
Robert C. Cheney
1 – 3 pm
How do you wind clocks correctly? What do the gears do? What is a pendulum? How does a clock run without electricity? Robert will attempt to clear up the mystery!!
FREE with Museum Admission

03/09/2018
Sun Gazing

Don't get left behind!

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March 2018 Events Lectures:March 11, 20181 – 3pmWhat You Always Wanted to Know About AuctionsRobert C. Cheney Is an auct...
03/01/2018

March 2018 Events

Lectures:

March 11, 2018
1 – 3pm
What You Always Wanted to Know About Auctions
Robert C. Cheney
Is an auction the best method of disposing of your antiques? What do you need to know about the auctioneer and the auction house? Should I just sell it all to an antiques dealer? Robert has been Director of Clocks, Watches and Scientific Instruments at Skinner Auctioneers holding two sales yearly with an international audience bidding live, online and on the phone. He is a licensed auctioneer in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.
FREE with Museum Admission

March 25, 2018
1 – 3 pm
How Clocks Work
Robert C. Cheney
How do you wind clocks correctly? What do the gears do? What is a pendulum? How does a clock run without electricity? Robert will attempt to clear up the mystery!!
FREE with Museum Admission

Parent/Child Workshops:

March 3, April 8, June 2, 2018
1 – 3 pm
Clocks for Kids!!
Janet Scudder
Join artist Janet Scudder for a series of hands on art workshops for parents and children and begin to explore the magic of keeping time.
The workshops are free with museum admission and the activities, which will feature one activity monthly (simple sun dials, learn about pendulums, fruit clocks), are best for ages 5 - 10. There will be a special, kid friendly tour of the museum at the end of the workshop.

Demonstrations:

March 9, 2018
10 am – 12 noon
Clock Winding
Sarah Mullen
Have you ever wondered what makes a clock tick? Follow Sarah around as she winds and sets the clocks.
FREE with museum admission.

March 24, 2018
2 – 4 pm
Cross Stitch
Sarah Mullen
Cross-stitch is the oldest form of embroidery and can be found all over the world. A cross-stitch sampler was generally stitched by a young girl to learn how to stitch and to record the alphabet. Join us and watch Sarah Mullen demonstrate the process.
FREE with museum admission.

Teddy Bear Tea prepped, but not quite ready to go. Looking forward to seeing everyone and their stuffies!
11/26/2017

Teddy Bear Tea prepped, but not quite ready to go. Looking forward to seeing everyone and their stuffies!

Dueling Banjos Part 2: Blue Parrot (Lindas Abrams and Swicker) at the Willard House! Fun for the whole family! #banjos #...
11/19/2017

Dueling Banjos Part 2: Blue Parrot (Lindas Abrams and Swicker) at the Willard House! Fun for the whole family! #banjos #celticmusic #frenchcanadianmusic #blueparrotmusic

If thy enemy annoy thee, give unto his children a banjo. ~ Janet ScudderMaking toy banjos for Dueling Banjos at the Will...
11/19/2017

If thy enemy annoy thee, give unto his children a banjo. ~ Janet Scudder
Making toy banjos for Dueling Banjos at the Willard House. #childrensactivities #banjos

Busy day today despite the rainy weather! Thank you to the Wayland Senior Center and Lifelong Learning Sherborn for visi...
11/16/2017

Busy day today despite the rainy weather! Thank you to the Wayland Senior Center and Lifelong Learning Sherborn for visiting today!

...and a cross stitch demonstration this afternoon!
10/15/2017

...and a cross stitch demonstration this afternoon!

Time for Pumpkins pumpkin painting this morning...
10/15/2017

Time for Pumpkins pumpkin painting this morning...

Willard House and Clock Museum's cover photo
10/14/2017

Willard House and Clock Museum's cover photo

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11 Willard St
North Grafton, MA
01536

3 minute drive, 20 minute walk from the Grafton T station. http://www.mbta.com/schedules_and_maps/rail/lines/stations/?stopId=74

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Hello! I’m a musician(Stomp, O.A.R.) and filmmaker who has created a history through music show called TuneTrek and today I’m featuring The Willard House and Clock Museum. Trek it:
Some pics of our A.T. Willard From what we have been told the case is not original but I'm not sure that is true.
Visited today; very nice tour, highly recommend ❣️