Please note the Museum will be closed until May 19th. We look forward to seeing you then!
Southborough Historical Society, Southborough MA, USA
Please note the Museum will be closed until May 19th. We look forward to seeing you then!
From our friends at SOLF, where you'll also be able to meet several of the candidates in the upcoming Southborough selectman's race!
Museum will be closed 4/14 & 4/21.
We had visitors today from Connecticut! These family history researchers learned that our own Sally Watters is a distant cousin.
Coming Saturday! Does your child love space? 🚀
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Sally Ride – America’s First Woman Astronaut Sally Ride is glued to the classroom television as astronaut John Glenn blasts off into space. “I want to do that,” she quietly says to herself, only to be reminded that girls can’t be astronauts. They can’t be shortstop for the LA Dodgers eit...
What a fun night! Great turnout and lively Q & A following the performance!
It's here! Did you order "Lost Southborough" and request to pick it up at the Museum? We are open additional hours for book pick up, including today (Feb 19) until 4 pm, Friday, Feb 22 from 3-5 pm and every Sunday from 12-2 pm. Please stop by!
Additionally, we are already collecting orders for the second printing!
Admission is free, but seating is limited. Reserve your seat today for this exciting series of historic portrayals!
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Few people today realize that the first Europeans to arrive in Southborough found an almost empty land, because "the Great Dying" had occurred a few decades before. Europeans had introduced diseases to North America starting in the 1500s which wiped out up to 90% of the native population by 1630. The loss of human activity was so great that it actually cooled the climate worldwide—at the loss of 30 million or more lives.
European settlement of the Americas killed so many people, it disturbed Earth's climate.
The home, known as the Peter and Sarah Clayes House, hit the market Thursday with an asking price of $975,000.
The answer is a tale of colonial expansion and the division of large swaths of land into smaller ones. But there is also a more complicated side to the story.
A NEW book from the Southborough Historical Society
Views into a Forgotten Past
by Michael Weishan
Reserve a copy now!
Lost Southborough Available Now for Pre-Order – Southborough Historical Society
Lost Southborough Available Now for Pre-Order Lost Southborough: Views into a Forgotten Past is the first ever large-format illustrated volume uniting rare period photos with an easy-to-read history of Southborough. Featuring more than 120 pages of black & white and color images from the archives of...
Family history researchers can learn so much from gravestones and cemetery research. Watch this space for the launch of our new interactive online map of Southborough’s Old Burial Ground! It’s coming soon!
Southborough Historical Society is now on Twitter! Please follow us @SboroHistory
Posted on November 10, 2018November 10, 2018 by Michael WeishanSouthborough Historical Society Receives 10K Grant The Society’s Kate Battles, Sally Watters, Rebecca Deans-Rowe accept the check from Andrew Abu and Marybeth Strickland at the Community House Thursday evening.We are DEE-lighted, as Te...
SHS Receives 10K Grant from the Southborough Community Fund
We are so grateful to receive this generous grant from the Southborough Community Fund!
We have amazing plans for the coming year and much work ahead of us.
Join the Society today and join in the fun!
Read more about the grant on our blog at https://southboroughhistory.org/?p=2487
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Join us next Monday at Heritage Day 2018 – Southborough Historical Society
Posted on October 4, 2018October 4, 2018 by Michael WeishanJoin us next Monday at Heritage Day 2018 A recently re-discovered photo of McMaster’s Centre Store, which stood directly across from the Town House. This is the only known close-up view of the facade. Click to enlarge for a fascinating vie...
Come watch our new video: Ghosts of Main Street!
Posted on September 3, 2018September 3, 2018 by Michael WeishanThe Ghosts of Main Street As more and more of the Society’s collections come online, we can begin to show you some pretty amazing things. Take for instance this 3-minute trip down Main Street, put together using just a few of the photo...
#2 on the List of Endangered Buildings: Fayville Village Hall – Southborough Historical Society
Posted on August 29, 2018August 29, 2018 by Michael Weishan#2 on the List of Endangered Buildings: Fayville Village Hall “The idea that you maintain the building, I think the value is not in maintaining the building. If someone could buy it and build something there or even knock it down, then the...
Where are our Breakneck Hill cows? It's time to get past whatever regulatory and wrangling difficulty that caused their demise, and bring them back!
The English university town, population 130,000, is also home to about 120 cattle. The urban herds have become another emblem of the city’s distinction.
The Fighting Fourth – Southborough Historical Society
Posted on July 4, 2018July 4, 2018 by Michael WeishanThe Fighting Fourth Dear Friends, Today on the Fourth of July, we are again reminded that it is often necessary to fight for what we believe in. Those of you who have been following the Historical Commission’s recent battles to slow the tide of ...
The International Exposition: Southborough, 1876 – Southborough Historical Society
Posted on June 19, 2018June 19, 2018 by Michael WeishanThe International Exposition: Southborough, 1876 Looking around for ideas to help heal the national trauma that was the Civil War, Philadelphia Mayor Morton McMichael floated the idea that the United States Centennial in 1876 be celebrated with....
Posted on April 9, 2018April 9, 2018 by Michael WeishanWould You Like to Donate A Civil War Era Letter to SHS? Dear Friends, Every now and then an interesting Southborough history piece comes up at auction, and one has recently appeared for sale. It is a letter from 19-year-old Private George Nichol...
Posted on April 7, 2018April 8, 2018 by Michael WeishanFayville Village Hall Here’s a new discovery, fresh from our photo files: a previously unpublished picture of Fayville Village Hall. This marvelous structure, the only example of the popular Dutch Colonial Revival style in Southborough, was bu...
A New Very Old Map – Southborough Historical Society
Posted on April 3, 2018April 3, 2018 by Michael WeishanA New Very Old Map Click anywhere on the map to enlarge and explore. As we’ve been sorting through the Society’s collections, duplicates keep appearing again and again, and one of most notorious repeat offenders was the map above, an 1831 ....
A Tough Day for Southborough – Southborough Historical Society
Posted on March 9, 2018 by Michael WeishanA Tough Day for Southborough The ice storm of November 29th, 1921, probably the worst in Southborough’s inhabited history.Ladies and Gentlemen, As I write this, half the Town is still without power after last night’s 15″ dump of the heaviest snow I hav...
This wonderful map is in a large and very fragile book of the towns of Worcester County, published in 1898. Make sure to click on the image to see larger size.
Deerfoot Farm appears in four locations in this Town of Southborough map in the 1898 Atlas of Worcester County. A notation in the atlas reads:
Consisting of nearly 1,000 acres, is the property of Robt. H. Burnett. Here is located the Deerfoot Creamery, and the Deerfoot Sausages, known all over the United States, are also manufactured. There are 100 acres of woodland, and a reservoir into which the water is pumped from driven wells. The place also contains nearly 150 head of Jersey grades of cattle, and 17 head of horses. P. O., Southborough.
1898 Atlas is a gift to the Southborough Historical Society from the Beals family.
More Treasures from Basement – Southborough Historical Society
Posted on February 17, 2018February 18, 2018 by Michael WeishanMore Treasures from Basement As I hinted last time, the basement hasn’t finished yielding up its social history treasures, for along with the Franklin Institute minutes, two weeks ago we also rediscovered the accounts of the Young M....
One of Southborough's most elegant historic homes has just sold. Long may it live! Here's a tour before the link is taken down https://www.realtor.com/realestateandhomes-detail/2-Chestnut-Hill-Rd_Southborough_MA_01772_M42903-03517#photo30
Browse photos and price history of this 6 bed, 6 bath, 7,186 Sq. Ft. recently sold home at 2 Chestnut Hill Rd, Southborough, MA 01772 that sold on January 31, 2018 for Last Sold for $640,000
The 1870 Town House decked out for the arrival of Teddy Roosevelt about 1902
Newly Discovered Treasures from the Basement – Southborough Historical Society
Posted on January 30, 2018January 30, 2018 by Michael WeishanNewly Discovered Treasures from the Basement So yesterday, as I was moving a pile of boxes in the basement, still struggling to produce some semblance of order after our forced removal last year, I spied an uncatalogued carton labelled “...
The Southborough Historical Society is tremendously saddened to learn of the death of Paul Doucette earlier this week. Paul was a long time member of the Southborough Historical Society, having served on its Board of Directors for many years. Paul was especially interested in the history of the Burnett Family’s Deerfoot Farm, which at one time was the largest employer in Southborough. He wrote and published a history of both the Burnett family and Deerfoot Farm. In 2004 the society honored Paul by dedicating the Deerfoot Farm exhibit and Burnett family collection located at the Historical Society Museum to him. His vast knowledge of this part of Southborough’s history as well as his keen wit will be sorely missed.
Christmas, 1863 – Southborough Historical Society
Posted on December 23, 2017December 23, 2017 by Michael WeishanChristmas, 1863 Recently I set myself the task of rehousing and cataloging the Francis B. Fay papers in our collection. I’ll be telling you more about these documents another time, as Francis B. Fay was one of Southborough’s more not...
Just Another Random Day in 1742 – Southborough Historical Society
Posted on December 14, 2017December 14, 2017 by Michael WeishanJust Another Random Day in 1742 The more I become familiar with the Society’s collection, the more astounded I become. Here in tiny little Southborough, we have a world-class collection of items! Take the above, for example. This wonde...
Posted on November 19, 2017November 19, 2017 by Michael WeishanPlenty to Be Thankful For! Our Annual Appeal Dear Friends of the Society, As the holidays draw near, almost inevitably I find myself re-watching Irving Berlin’s Holiday Inn, starring Bing Crosby and Fred Astaire. If you haven’t seen this...
National Trust for Historic Preservation
Yesterday, the federal historic tax credit was eliminated in the tax reform bill passed by the House of Representatives -- but later in the day, the Senate Finance Committee approved its version of tax reform legislation, which *keeps* the HTC, but does make changes that reduce the value of the incentive... So, the process is not over and preservationists MUST continue their outreach to Congress to ensure the best possible outcome for the historic tax credit. Email your members of Congress via the link below.
Board of Selectmen Deals Major Blow to Historic Preservation in Southborough – Southborough Historical Society
Posted on November 9, 2017November 9, 2017 by Michael WeishanBoard of Selectmen Deals Major Blow to Historic Preservation in Southborough The Moses and Elizabeth Fay House at 135 Deerfoot is now threatened with demolition.Despite recommendations to the contrary of every relevant board and commission...
Who knew we follow Indian trails almost every time we drive in Massachusetts?
Posted on October 18, 2017October 18, 2017 by Michael WeishanOn the Indian Trial, Literally In preparation for expanding the Native American presence at the Museum, I’ve been reading this wonderful book Indian New England before the Mayflower and I came across a very interesting map: “A compilation…
Who says history can't be fun? Watch the 1868 Southborough fire engine, the Falcon, strut her stuff, with the help of enthusiastic Heritage Day volunteers. Fortunately our services weren’t required professionally, because we soon discovered pumping is hard work!
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