Sudbury Historical Society

Sudbury Historical Society The Sudbury Historical Society is dedicated to bringing the rich history of the Sudbury Plantation into the lives and activities of the people of Sudbury.
What we do: •Educate and interest the citizens of Sudbury in a finer public spirit, through understanding of the traditions and history of the town. •Collect, study and conserve artifacts and records relating to the history of Sudbury and its people. •Provide public programs and events relevant to the local history of Sudbury. •Provide age appropriate educational materials, research and tours related to the town's history for the town's children and students. •Assist anyone looking for information on Sudbury history. •Support academic research into the history of the town.

The Society's mission is to collect, study, preserve, and maintain historical records, artifacts, and objects relating to the history and archaeology of the community of Sudbury, Massachusetts; to promote interest in, and the study of, its history; and to connect the people of Sudbury with its traditions and history through educational programming and community engagement. The Society was founded in 1956 by history-minded citizens of Sudbury. In 1970, it absorbed the Goodman Society (founded in 1890) its predecessor Historical and Improvement Society. Since 1998 the Society has been headquartered in the Upper Floor of the Sudbury Town Hall, but plans are underway to build a new headquarters in the re-purposed c. 1730 Loring Parsonage next door, which will become the future Sudbury History Center.

Mission: The Sudbury Historical Society is dedicated to bringing the rich history of the Sudbury Plantation into the lives and activities of the people of Sudbury. We collect, preserve and and communicate the history of Sudbury, Massachusetts.

Memorial Day 2020 had a different feel this year in Sudbury Center, but the message remains unchanged. Thank you to the ...
05/25/2020

Memorial Day 2020 had a different feel this year in Sudbury Center, but the message remains unchanged. Thank you to the generations of service men and woman who have helped protect us from harms way since Sudbury's earliest days!

Sudbury Historical Society
05/25/2020

Sudbury Historical Society

Puzzle Time.First Parish Meeting House. Town Center at 327 Concord Road. First Parish Meeting House was originally built...
05/20/2020
First Parish Meeting House - jigsaw puzzle (42 pieces)

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First Parish Meeting House. Town Center at 327 Concord Road.
First Parish Meeting House was originally built in 1723 on what was known as the Rocky Plain. It was an unusable plot of land for agricultural purposes, covered with rocks and poor soil. The present structure was built in 1797 re‐ using material from the original, smaller structure.
The Meeting House design was purchased from Benjamin Thompson of Boston, and was built by journeymen builders. It has design elements borrowed from England’s famed architect Christopher Wren.

Photo by Jim Idelson. Submission to SHS photo contest.
Thanks Jim!!

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Make the Sudbury Historical Society your #AmazonSmile charity!
05/19/2020

Make the Sudbury Historical Society your #AmazonSmile charity!

Puzzle Time.Wayside Inn Grist MillConstruction of the mill was started in 1927. It was completed and opened on Thanksgiv...
05/16/2020
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Puzzle Time.

Wayside Inn Grist Mill
Construction of the mill was started in 1927. It was completed and opened on Thanksgiving Day 1929. Henry Ford had ordered it to be built as an example of the use of water power and automation.
John B. Campbell of Philadelphia designed the mill. The exterior is cut stone from Mount Nobscot and other local Ford land. The mortar is recessed to give the appearance of dry-wall construction. Some of the wood (largely not visible) used in the mill's construction is chestnut cut from standing diseased trees killed in the 1912 chestnut tree blight. The Grist Mill Pond feeds the water (via the raceway) to the forebay gate above the water wheel. When grinding corn or wheat, the miller opens up the gate, and the water drops on the wheel in a controlled fashion, which drives the grist mill stone mechanism inside. Any water not required to drive the wheel is allowed to flow over the spillway. To reduce the number of millers needed to run this mill, Henry Ford utilized an automated system introduced by Oliver Evans in 1787. The system is designed to operate a hoist to bring the grain in, drive the elevator system and to move the grain from machine to machine. Thus it could clean the grain, grind it, sift (also known as bolting) it, and convey it into bins, bags, or barrels, all by water power and one miller. It also originally created the electricity to light the mill and a nearby underground cooling chamber, and drove food processing equipment.

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Puzzle Time.Babe Ruth and daughter Dorothy at their Sudbury home. In 1922, Ruth purchased the Sylvester Perry Farm on Du...
05/14/2020
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Babe Ruth and daughter Dorothy at their Sudbury home.
In 1922, Ruth purchased the Sylvester Perry Farm on Dutton Road along with a camp located on Willis Lake across from what is now the end of Harness Lane. He moved his wife, Helen, and adopted daughter, Dorothy, there soon after. He dubbed the farm "Home Plate."

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Enjoy this puzzle!Revolutionary War Monument is located at Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Concord Road. It was dedicated on ...
05/12/2020
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Revolutionary War Monument is located at Mount Pleasant Cemetery on Concord Road. It was dedicated on June 17, 1896. The Revolutionary War Monument honors the more than 400 Soldiers and Sailors of Sudbury who fought in the Revolutionary War (1775-1783). Inscription on the Front Side: TRIBUTE OF SUDBURY TO THE REVOLUTIONARY PATRIOTS. Back Side: ERECTED 1896. IN HONOR OF THE SOLDIERS AND SAILORS OF SUDBURY WHO FOUGHT AT LEXINGTON, CONCORD, BUNKER HILL, AND OTHER BATTLES OF THE REVOLUTIONARY WAR. 1775-1783. The pedestal is made from Quincy granite and the Soldier is carved of Westerly, RI granite. The Monument stands 17 feet above the foundation and weighs over 19 tons. The funds for the Monument were donated by Joanna Gleason with a matching donation from the Town.

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Freedom's Way National Heritage Area
05/01/2020

Freedom's Way National Heritage Area

We're kicking off our Hidden Treasures Photo Challenge today! We hope you'll join our new Freedom's Way National Heritage Area Group and share original photos of the treasures you've discovered within the 45 communities of the Heritage Area.

Here's how it works:
- A new theme will be announced each Friday through the end of September 2020.
- Participants are invited to post original photos that express the current theme in the Group.
- Photos may be old or new, but should be from within the Heritage Area (see list in the About section of the Group).
- Each week, one participant will be selected at random to receive a $25 gift card to a local business.
- Photos posted throughout this challenge may be shared on Freedom's Way National Heritage Area's social media accounts and combined into a slideshow that will be presented at the organization's Annual Meeting in October.

#HiddenTreasuresPhotoChallenge #FreedomsWayNHA #VirtualHeritageAea #StaySafeStayInspired

Our offices remain closed, but this is important information to share with our community.
05/01/2020

Our offices remain closed, but this is important information to share with our community.

Facial Covering Mandate for essential indoor businesses is now in effect.
Please see full details at https://tinyurl.com/y8m6qjc3.

Verrill Farm
04/30/2020

Verrill Farm

We are offering additional CSA shares for the upcoming season to be picked up on Wednesdays. Enjoy 20 weeks of fresh Verrill Farm produce this summer! Now offering prepacked shares for curbside pickup!

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March 31, 1893. Sudbury had musical entertainment. We'll just need to wait a little while longer before we can enjoy ent...
04/30/2020

March 31, 1893. Sudbury had musical entertainment. We'll just need to wait a little while longer before we can enjoy entertainment this year. Are any of your ancestors listed among the cast of characters?

04/19/2020

Wishing everyone a safe and healthy Patriots Day

No march to Concord today. But here is one from a few years ago.
04/19/2020

No march to Concord today. But here is one from a few years ago.

Garden of Bright Images
04/18/2020

Garden of Bright Images

“On the eighteenth of April...”

Artwork: N. C. Wyeth

Sudbury Historical Society's cover photo
04/15/2020

Sudbury Historical Society's cover photo

We are thinking of our community during these trying times.
04/15/2020

We are thinking of our community during these trying times.

Not Social Distancing in 1932.The Dedication Ball of the Sudbury Town Hall.February 22, 1932.Recognize anyone?
04/08/2020

Not Social Distancing in 1932.
The Dedication Ball of the Sudbury Town Hall.
February 22, 1932.
Recognize anyone?

While you are staying at home look for some ‘historical’ items in your house! Share what you found with us by taking a p...
04/07/2020

While you are staying at home look for some ‘historical’ items in your house! Share what you found with us by taking a picture and using #shstreasurehunt Have fun, and we hope everyone is staying safe and healthy out there!

For the Genealogists out there. Thank you Goodnow Library.
04/02/2020

For the Genealogists out there. Thank you Goodnow Library.

The building boom in the 1960's created these lovely homes. Great prices.
04/01/2020

The building boom in the 1960's created these lovely homes. Great prices.

More photos following Rachael’s reading of Sudbury A Pictorial History. The Sudbury Militia and Colonial Faire.Recognize...
04/01/2020

More photos following Rachael’s reading of Sudbury A Pictorial History.
The Sudbury Militia and Colonial Faire.
Recognize anyone?

03/31/2020
03/30/2020
On Friday, Rachael read chapter 6 from  Sudbury A Pictorial History, by Laura Scott. Enjoy these photos of some people a...
03/29/2020

On Friday, Rachael read chapter 6 from Sudbury A Pictorial History, by Laura Scott. Enjoy these photos of some people and places she read about. Babe Ruth, Henry Ford, The Grist Mill, The Martha Mary Chapel, The Wayside Country Store and Ford's Folly.

03/27/2020
#shscoloring Share your posts of coloring in our Sudbury Historical Society Coloring Book!
03/26/2020

#shscoloring
Share your posts of coloring in our Sudbury Historical Society Coloring Book!

03/26/2020
Send a postcard!Bring a smile to the face of a loved one by sending them some mail. We have created some postcards for y...
03/25/2020

Send a postcard!
Bring a smile to the face of a loved one by sending them some mail. We have created some postcards for you to download from images from our collections. Send them electronically, or print them out and find those stamps to post them to someone you've been thinking of.
Download here from Dropbox
https://www.dropbox.com/sh/opfhq1wj146dgde/AAAbBUR1WWMdzC52aX3CU8dha?dl=0

03/25/2020

Today's live reading will be delayed until tomorrow. Tune in at 1pm on 3/26 to learn about Sudbury from 1880-1909!

03/24/2020

Address

322 Concord Road, # 2
Sudbury, MA
01776

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We are located in the top floor of the Sudbury Town Hall in the center of town

Opening Hours

Monday 12:30 - 17:00
Tuesday 09:00 - 12:00
Wednesday 12:30 - 17:00

Telephone

(978) 443-3747

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Come Preview the Loring Parsonage this week during our open house and Festival of Wreaths. Hours are Wednesday 4-6pm, Thursday 12-4pm, Friday 4-7pm, Saturday, 12-4pm and Sunday 12-4pm. Sunday cocktail reception Sunday 5-7pm. More information and reception tickets are available on our website: sudbury01776.org
i would like a few pic of the rail road workers too.
I am looking for a few pictures of Sudbury logging, pictures of the big white and red pine. need them for a presentation
I've been asked by a Goodnow descendent if I know the whereabouts of a statue of a Goodenow ancestor, he thinks in Sudbury.
My parents were the first ones married in the Martha-Mary Chapel 79 years ago today.
Less than 100 years ago...
I worked on the show all through high school (1965-69), along with several other kids from Sudbury. Rex was a great guy, and working for him was the experience of a lifetime.
In honor of Father's Day, I thought I'd share a story of my 5th great grandfather, who served with so many other Sudbury fathers, in the Battle of Bunker Hill. On June 16th, 1775, my 5th great grandfather, James Dalrymple, along with 104 residents of Sudbury, Massachusetts marched to Charleston to assist with the fortification of Bunker Hill. It's most likely that he marched in Captain Aaron Haynes company in Colonel John Brewer's regiment, based on muster rolls listed in A.S. Hudson's "The History of Sudbury, Massachusetts, 1638-1889". On the 17th, the pitched battle at Bunker Hill took place. Based on a story told by James and recorded in "The Name of Dalrymple" by my 3rd great grandfather, William Henry Dalrymple, I may never have been born were it not for some luck and the poor aim of a British soldier: "When the order was given to retreat, and he saw that his services could no longer be of any avail in the fort, his next thought was to look out for his own safety in the best way he could, and he rushed out of the fort just as the British were about to enter it. As he left the sally-port he saw a fine looking horse with saddle and bridle standing near the fort. Not seeing any one who appeared to have charge of the horse, he thought what a fine thing it would be to ride down the hill instead of using his own legs. He stepped up to the horse and took hold of the bridle in order to mount him, when a British officer on the opposite side, whom he had not till that moment discovered, sprang forward and says, "What are you going to do with that horse?" to which he made the loconic reply, "Nothing," and immediately started down the hill upon a run. In descending the hill he came to a fence, and as he was stepping over it two bullets struck the upper rail, one on each side of him, and but few inches distant. They only served, however, to quicken his pace as he jumped from the fence and continued to run in tile direction taken by those ahead of him till he was beyond the range of British muskets, and in company of his retreating companions." So, happy (great grand) father's day to my 5th great grandfather, James Dalrymple, and to all those ancestors who fought in the American Revolution.
The graveyard holds the remains of 47 soldiers who were recorded to have fought in the Revolutionary War. A list of the names on the stone markers is available from the Historical Society. Where do I find this list?
Bob & Lisa, How nice. Have a Merry Christmas. Mom & Dad
Please consider adding the SHS to your #GivingTuesday list! I have seen Barbara's quilt and it is SPECTACULAR! https://www.facebook.com/donate/734324700261614/?fundraiser_source=external_url