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.

An interesting item in the January 1737 Boston Gazette. One of our members sent this to us. Thanks Jason Dalrymple.
02/26/2020

An interesting item in the January 1737 Boston Gazette. One of our members sent this to us.
Thanks Jason Dalrymple.

Join our membership in sending well wishes for a smooth transition to our newest Director, Rachael Robinson, who started...
02/24/2020

Join our membership in sending well wishes for a smooth transition to our newest Director, Rachael Robinson, who started work at the SHS today! We are all so excited to begin working with her during this unique time in our history. To learn more about Rachael and to view our recent news, click here:
https://conta.cc/2ua39qd

Longfellow's Wayside Inn needs your vote.
02/21/2020

Longfellow's Wayside Inn needs your vote.

The Mass History Alliance is holding a photo contest to determine the winning design for a postcard for the 2020 Mass History Conference in June. The Wayside Inn Foundation has submitted a design -- #11.

If you like our photo, "Sheep Afield," from The Wayside Inn's archives, please vote now using this link below through Tuesday, February 25th:
https://masshistoryalliance.org/2020-postcard-competition-entries/

Thank you for your support! (Only one vote per person per computer/device allowed.)

Does anyone recognize this building? If you do, post a photo of the building today to show how it has changed. So happy ...
02/14/2020

Does anyone recognize this building? If you do, post a photo of the building today to show how it has changed.
So happy this beautiful building is still here.

A 1915 Sudbury winter looks much worse than 2020!A record ice storm hit Sudbury and The Boston Post Road in 1915. This p...
02/14/2020

A 1915 Sudbury winter looks much worse than 2020!

A record ice storm hit Sudbury and The Boston Post Road in 1915. This photograph was taken looking east from the corner of Concord Road. The house on the left is 354 Boston Post Road, which is now The Sudbury Music Center. The house on the right is #357. The storm hit when horse and carriages were gradually losing out to automobiles and trucks. Previously, the snow had been rolled for the use of sleighs, but now with automobiles, plowing was necessary and was almost impossible in an ice storm with the equipment available at the time.
Photo courtesy Images of Sudbury, Images of America.

A sneak peek at some of the historic features in the Loring Parsonage. We can't wait to share this stunning building wit...
01/25/2020

A sneak peek at some of the historic features in the Loring Parsonage. We can't wait to share this stunning building with you soon. It is such a historic treasure.

Happy New Year! 2020 promises to be a wonderful year!
01/01/2020

Happy New Year!
2020 promises to be a wonderful year!

Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas to all of our friends. Thank you for all of the support you have given us throughout ...
12/23/2019

Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas to all of our friends. Thank you for all of the support you have given us throughout the year. The new Sudbury History Center will be opening in 2020. It's going to be a great year!

On Thursday, December 19th, make sure to stop by the Sudbury Art Associations Holiday Market at 29 Hudson Road and shop ...
12/18/2019

On Thursday, December 19th, make sure to stop by the Sudbury Art Associations Holiday Market at 29 Hudson Road and shop the many artisans unique handcrafted wares.
Mention the SHS and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to us!

Shop local this Holiday season!Bark & Blossom at the Wayside Inn has lots of beautiful wreaths to choose from; boxwood, ...
12/14/2019

Shop local this Holiday season!

Bark & Blossom at the Wayside Inn has lots of beautiful wreaths to choose from; boxwood, balsam and fraiser fir! Fresh cedar roping & luxury cut greenery & winterberries.
A portion of all greenery sales will be donated to the Sudbury Historical Society!

On Thursday, December 19th, make sure to stop by the Sudbury Art Associations Holiday Market at 29 Hudson Road and shop the many artisans unique handcrafted wares.
Mention the SHS and a percentage of your purchase will be donated to us!

THANK YOU BARK & BLOSSOM AND SUDBURY ART ASSOCIATION!

Thanks for your generosity Lisa Forsberg of Bark & Blossom at the Wayside Inn!Shop local and support your local business...
12/11/2019

Thanks for your generosity Lisa Forsberg of Bark & Blossom at the Wayside Inn!

Shop local and support your local business.
You'll be supporting the Sudbury Historical Society at the same time.

Happy Holidays!!

Shop local this Holiday season.
Lots of beautiful wreaths to choose from; boxwood, balsam, fraiser. Fresh cedar roping & luxury cut greenery & winterberries.
A portion of all greenery sales will be donated to the Sudbury Historical Society!

Come on over to our Festival of Wreaths Open House today at the Loring Parsonage from noon to 4:00 (then head over to Wi...
12/07/2019

Come on over to our Festival of Wreaths Open House today at the Loring Parsonage from noon to 4:00 (then head over to Winter Fest at Fairbanks)! You can also visit us tomorrow from 11:00 to 3:00! So many amazing wreaths and floral displays up for grabs!

Please join the Sudbury Historical Society in some holiday cheer at our Festival of Wreaths. Come visit and get a sneak ...
12/05/2019

Please join the Sudbury Historical Society in some holiday cheer at our Festival of Wreaths. Come visit and get a sneak peak at the new Loring Parsonage, the soon-to-be home of the Sudbury History Center, all decked out with hand-crafted wreaths on display and available through silent auction!

Our official opening will be in the spring (when our galleries and offices have been completed), but we are delighted to have completed renovations and are welcoming our members to our Festival of Wreaths Open House tomorrow (4:00 to 7:00pm), Saturday (noon to 4:00pm) and on Sunday (noon to 3:00pm). Tickets at the door for only $5.00.

A cocktail reception, live music and silent auction wrap up will be on Sunday from 5:00 to 7:00pm. Tickets are $25 and may be purchased at the link below or at the door.

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/festival-of-wreaths-cocktail-reception-silent-auction-tickets-77811300695?fbclid=IwAR3KgPqaaDGRCXDBui7jV1R27OrMviQxq4tCVJsBRyANmQ89qPs9KNWaqLY

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be waiting to meet everyone in the Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Dec. 7th from 4:30- 6:00 p...
12/01/2019

Santa and Mrs. Claus will be waiting to meet everyone in the Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Dec. 7th from 4:30- 6:00 pm. Then join in the caroling on the steps of the Town Hall.

Toys For Tots are being collected now at the Sudbury Town Hall. We will also be collecting toys at the Tree and Menorah ...
11/27/2019

Toys For Tots are being collected now at the Sudbury Town Hall. We will also be collecting toys at the Tree and Menorah lighting on December 7.

We hope Rev. Israel Loring is watching over his old homestead. We think he would be pleased with the restoration. Did yo...
11/20/2019

We hope Rev. Israel Loring is watching over his old homestead. We think he would be pleased with the restoration.
Did you know that this home was built for him and his family in 1730?
We will keep everyone updated on when we will be moving in.

Loring Parsonage Festival of WreathsDecember 4-8, 2019At the Loring Parsonage, 288 Old Sudbury Road.Wednesday, December ...
11/13/2019

Loring Parsonage Festival of Wreaths
December 4-8, 2019

At the Loring Parsonage, 288 Old Sudbury Road.

Wednesday, December 4, 4:00-6:00pm (children’s programming and story time)
Thursday, December 5, 12:00-4:00pm
Friday, December 6, 4:00-7:00pm
Saturday, December 7, 12:00-4:00pm
Sunday, December 8, 12:00-3:00pm
Sunday, December 8, 5:00-7:00pm (reception, ticket required)
Come preview the Loring Parsonage, enjoy some holiday cheer and bid on a wreath donated by one of Sudbury's own! The Historical Society is collecting hand-made wreaths from local businesses and community members. These wreaths will be on display in the Parsonage during the week leading up to the party (December 4th - 8th) and sold at silent auction to benefit the SHS. The auction ends during the cocktail party, so make sure you're there to place the winning bid on your favorite holiday wreath!
Tickets are $25 per person available at eventbrite.com or at the door. If you would like to decorate and donate a wreath to be part of the display and silent auction, please contact Rebecca Weeks at [email protected]

During WWII, Sudbury kept the news of the town flowing to all of its men and women in service via the American Legion NE...
11/12/2019

During WWII, Sudbury kept the news of the town flowing to all of its men and women in service via the American Legion NEWS LETTER. The servicemen and women sent all of their news back to Sudbury in their hundreds of letters addressed to Forrest Bradshaw. He kept all of this correspondence. We can't wait to review it all. It is now in the archives at the Sudbury Historical Society.

Steve Greene gave a wonderful presentation on the history of the Sudbury Post Office on Sunday. Here are some of his int...
11/04/2019

Steve Greene gave a wonderful presentation on the history of the Sudbury Post Office on Sunday. Here are some of his interesting display objects.

Musicians of the Old Post Road Concert, “Harmony at Home”Friday, November 1 at 7:30pmFirst Parish Of Sudbury  The fasci...
11/01/2019
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Musicians of the Old Post Road Concert,
“Harmony at Home”
Friday, November 1 at 7:30pm
First Parish Of Sudbury

The fascinating musical relationships within two musical families are explored in diverse works in intimate chamber music settings. Siblings Felix and Fanny Mendelssohn were inseparable through- out their lives while husband and wife Jan Ladislav and Sophia Corri Dussek’s marriage was a short-lived love affair.

Program includes Felix’s Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio no. 1 in his own arrangement for flute, cello, and piano, Fanny Mendelssohn’s Adagio for violin and piano, J.L. Dussek’s Piano Trio in E Minor, op. 2, and Sophia Dussek’s Flute Sonata no. 1.Contact Musicians of the Old Post Road at www.oldpostroad.org for tickets. Additional parking available at Town Hall.

The 1730 Loring Parsonage is trying to tell us a story. Look at the treasures we have found over the years. Some of the ...
10/31/2019

The 1730 Loring Parsonage is trying to tell us a story. Look at the treasures we have found over the years. Some of the items were in the ground and other were hidden in the walls and found during the renovations. What have you found in your old homes?

Loring Parsonage is lighting up purple for domestic violence awareness.
10/31/2019

Loring Parsonage is lighting up purple for domestic violence awareness.

What a beatiful view we have from the Loring Parsonage front window.
10/29/2019

What a beatiful view we have from the Loring Parsonage front window.

Letters from Sudbury. A History of the Postal Service                         Join us Sunday, November 3rd, 2-4pm.      ...
10/28/2019

Letters from Sudbury. A History of the Postal Service

Join us Sunday, November 3rd, 2-4pm.
Margaret Fredrickson Memorial Lecture
Sudbury Town Hall, 322 Concord Road

Steven Greene will trace the history of the various post office locations in South Sudbury, Sudbury, and North Sudbury from 1819 to the present. Examples of mail from these offices reveal fascinating stories about the inhabitants and the character of the town over more than 175 years of mail service. The types of mail and postage used further explain the operation of the postal service.

A special section of Greene's presentation will highlight the many commemorative and event covers originating in Sudbury. Greene, a teacher for 44 years in Lincoln, has always had an active interest in the history of mail. He was proprietor of Patriot Stamps, a part time shop in West Concord , from 1974 to 1981, during which time he produced nine cachet designs for the Lexington-Concord first day covers in 1975. He resides, with his wife Ruth, in North Sudbury where for 25 years he has sold perennial plants, especially many varieties of lilies.

The Sudbury Historical Society is dedicating this first November program in honor of Margaret Fredrickson, a former Society President and Trustee who contributed many hours of service for many years.

The Program is free to members.

For more information call 978-443-3747 or send an email message to [email protected]

The Sudbury History Center Creation Continues To Move ForwardThe construction trucks are gone, the exterior safety fence...
10/26/2019

The Sudbury History Center Creation
Continues To Move Forward

The construction trucks are gone, the exterior safety fences have been removed and the back yard has been smoothed over, but much more needs to be done for the Sudbury History Center to be complete and open for business.

We have the keys from the town and we can begin working inside on our IT infrastructure, advanced fire detection system, interior design of offices, archives, galleries, gift shop and welcome center.

We can't wait to build out our future history center and offices into the gem of Sudbury Center and can't wait to share it with our members! Keep an eye out for updates though the winter and into 2020.

Sudbury Historical Society
10/26/2019

Sudbury Historical Society

Sudbury Historical Society's cover photo
10/26/2019

Sudbury Historical Society's cover photo

Hudson's History of Sudbury. Alfred Sereno Hudson published this amazing book in 1889. Every Sudbury citizen received a ...
10/23/2019

Hudson's History of Sudbury. Alfred Sereno Hudson published this amazing book in 1889. Every Sudbury citizen received a copy. If you're lucky, you can find an original copy.

Peter Harvell, Gulf War Veteran, Richard Turner, Vietnam War Veteran, Jeff Klinger, Vietnam War Veteran, representing WW...
10/22/2019

Peter Harvell, Gulf War Veteran, Richard Turner, Vietnam War Veteran, Jeff Klinger, Vietnam War Veteran, representing WWI medic, Joe Bausk, Korean War Veteran, Dennis Ford, Gulf War Veteran , Mac McEntegart, Vietnam War Veteran, representing WWII Marine Corps. Standing in front of the WWII Memorial.
Thank you for your service.

We had a beautiful fall morning for our Mount Wadsworth Cemetery walking tour. Thank you to everyone who helped with the...
10/22/2019

We had a beautiful fall morning for our Mount Wadsworth Cemetery walking tour. Thank you to everyone who helped with the tour. And thank you to all of our guests who joined us. Check out these great pictures and see what we did.

This Boston Herald page was given to us this week. It is dated 1937, but with no caption. Does anyone recognize this far...
10/21/2019

This Boston Herald page was given to us this week. It is dated 1937, but with no caption. Does anyone recognize this farm?

10/15/2019
www.sudbury01776.org

For those of you who may not yet have seen the SHS's Fall 2019 newsletter, enjoy! Please note the events calendar still has several more events planned.

http://www.sudbury01776.org/newsletters/2019_Fall_SHS-Newsletter.pdf

Sudbury Historical Society's cover photo
10/15/2019

Sudbury Historical Society's cover photo

Jerusha Howe's ghost in Mount Wadsworth Cemetery is waiting for us to visit her this Saturday. Join us for the tour at 1...
10/15/2019

Jerusha Howe's ghost in Mount Wadsworth Cemetery is waiting for us to visit her this Saturday. Join us for the tour at 10am. Jerusha and her friends at Wadsworth would love to meet you.

Join us for our Mount Wadsworth Cemetery Tour Saturday, October 19 @ 10 am. Meet some of Sudbury's late amazing resident...
10/11/2019

Join us for our Mount Wadsworth Cemetery Tour Saturday, October 19 @ 10 am. Meet some of Sudbury's late amazing residents. Meet some local Veterans in Memorial Park.

Save the date for the Mount Wadsworth Tour on Saturday, October 19 @ 10 am.
10/08/2019

Save the date for the Mount Wadsworth Tour on Saturday, October 19 @ 10 am.

09/28/2019

Colonial Faire at the Wayside Inn Muster Field...now until 4:00.

Broadacres Farm in Sudbury on Morse Road. Watch for more information from the Town of Sudbury about a forum to be held i...
09/28/2019

Broadacres Farm in Sudbury on Morse Road. Watch for more information from the Town of Sudbury about a forum to be held in November where ideas will be discussed for uses for the town-owned property.

Anyone remember these businesses  from 1956?
09/25/2019

Anyone remember these businesses from 1956?

We found some great newspaper clippings from 1956.
09/24/2019

We found some great newspaper clippings from 1956.

Yesterday was Rex Trailer’s 91st Birthday. Who remembers Boomtown? And who was on the show? Boomtown ran on Boston telev...
09/18/2019

Yesterday was Rex Trailer’s 91st Birthday. Who remembers Boomtown? And who was on the show? Boomtown ran on Boston television from 1956 until 1974. Trailer hosted the show, singing, playing guitar and showing off the horse-riding, roping and other cowboy skills. And we are proud to say Rex Trailer lived in Sudbury. Plans are in the works for a special Rex Trailer presentation in our near future. Stay tuned.

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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