Walpole Historical Society

Walpole Historical Society The Walpole Historical Society aims to collect, preserve, and disseminate Walpole's history.
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We hope you're enjoying this sunny Easter Sunday! Take a look back at some holiday ads in the Walpole Times from 1958 to...
04/12/2020

We hope you're enjoying this sunny Easter Sunday! Take a look back at some holiday ads in the Walpole Times from 1958 to 1966. Also, we'll have the $4.85 prime rib with Delmonico Potatoes and Baked Alaska from the Floral Steak House, thank you.

As of tomorrow, we'll be closed until further notice! Wash up!
03/13/2020

As of tomorrow, we'll be closed until further notice! Wash up!

If you have an interest in your family history, this may be a helpful event for you! Visit our neighbors at the Sharon H...
02/24/2020

If you have an interest in your family history, this may be a helpful event for you! Visit our neighbors at the Sharon Historical Society on Thursday, February 27th.

Hey, postcard collectors and those interested in Walpole landmarks and old pictures! George Ransom and the Walpole Histo...
02/22/2020

Hey, postcard collectors and those interested in Walpole landmarks and old pictures!

George Ransom and the Walpole Historical Society will present its collection of historic Walpole postcards on Monday February 24, at 7:00 PM. They give a peek into the history of the places, people, and events that have shaped local history.

Join us for this free event, we hope to see you there!

Happy Valentine's Day! Maybe you'll receive a nice foot warmer with a heart design on this chilly afternoon.
02/14/2020

Happy Valentine's Day! Maybe you'll receive a nice foot warmer with a heart design on this chilly afternoon.

Are you a postcard collector? We hope to see you on the 24th of February!
02/07/2020

Are you a postcard collector? We hope to see you on the 24th of February!

Do you have a family story to share? We also have many resources in our library to help you out with your research on ol...
01/24/2020

Do you have a family story to share? We also have many resources in our library to help you out with your research on old Walpole families!

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Casting Call: Family Historians Wanted!

A new television documentary series is looking for people who have been inspired by their family history. Has your ancestral research influenced your values, education, occupation, hobbies, or life choices? Have you learned about yourself through the discovery of new genealogical information, or through researching a family heirloom?

Contact Claire Vail ([email protected]) for more information on this exciting new series. Submissions accepted by end of February.

Looks like our neighbors from Norwood are going to be on the Travel Channel! Members of the Norwood Historical Society w...
01/06/2020
Haunted Homecoming

Looks like our neighbors from Norwood are going to be on the Travel Channel! Members of the Norwood Historical Society will be speaking on the show Trending Fear about the old movie theatre in their town.

Jen heads home to Norwood, Massachusetts, with Adam and Paul in tow to investigate reports of a dark entity lurking in the basement of a historic theater. They call on a local psychic medium to find answers not found in the town's history books.

We hope everyone is enjoying the holiday! Take a look at some of our old time toys and games that could have been receiv...
12/25/2019

We hope everyone is enjoying the holiday! Take a look at some of our old time toys and games that could have been received as gifts!

Merry Christmas Eve! Enjoy some holiday greetings from the Walpole Times today in 1974.
12/25/2019

Merry Christmas Eve! Enjoy some holiday greetings from the Walpole Times today in 1974.

12/19/2019

Thanks so much to the Walpole High Chorus for performing on Saturday at our holiday open house! And to reenactor Michael Lepage for portraying a World War 1 soldier speaking about the Christmas Truce. Visit us again on Saturday to see our Christmas decorations and peruse the amber glass we have for sale, which can look lovely as part of your own holiday decor.

12/13/2019

The Society will be hosting a Holiday Open House tomorrow from 12-4. Please stop by for refreshments and a sale of vintage amber glass and Christmas decorations. For you book lovers, we also have a large number of books about Walpole history! The paperback version of 'Civil War Veterans of Walpole' will be priced at $35 from its regular price of $50 through Christmas.

Students from the Walpole High School Chorus will perform from 1 to 1:30 and reenactor Michael Lepage will portray a World War 1 soldier talking about the Christmas Truce from 3 to 3:30 (not at 1 as previously noted). We hope to see you there!

Walpole Historical Society Holiday Open House Saturday, December 14, 2019, 12-4.Join us at the Deacon Willard Lewis Hous...
12/07/2019

Walpole Historical Society Holiday Open House

Saturday, December 14, 2019, 12-4.

Join us at the Deacon Willard Lewis House for refreshments. Reenactor Michael Lepage will potray a World War 1 soldier during the time of the Christmas Truce of World War I at 1:00.

Thanking veterans for their service, today and every day.
11/11/2019

Thanking veterans for their service, today and every day.

11/03/2019

Norfolk County Register of Deeds William P. O’Donnell will be addressing the Walpole Historical Society on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 7:00pm. The meeting will be held at the Walpole Public Library, 143 School Street in Walpole.

The short speaking program will touch on the 225th Anniversary Celebration of Norfolk County in June of 2018. The Register will speak about the land records of notable people who impacted history in many different and enriching ways, including the four U.S. presidents who were born in the County. Among its numerous historical attributes, Norfolk County is known as the County of Presidents.

The Register will also speak about the various consumer and high tech initiatives that have taken place at the Registry, including its “History Comes Alive” transcription program. The initiative, the first in New England by a Registry of Deeds, makes it easier to read the Registry’s approximately 450,000 cursive style documents from the period of 1793-1900 written in quill pen. These land recorded documents have been transcribed into an easy-to-read typed print for online viewing. The transcription program has received praise from Pulitzer Prize winning historian David McCullough.

Following Register O’Donnell’s remarks, he will be available to answer questions. Furthermore, members of the Register’s staff will be there to provide information about the Massachusetts Homestead Act and the Consumer Notification Service, and to also demonstrate how the Registry’s On- Line Record Database works. Finally, there will be available on-site work stations to check the status of a mortgage discharge or print a copy of your deed. Hope tp see you there!

On Saturday November 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Society will be holding a sale  of antique and vintage amber glass fr...
10/29/2019

On Saturday November 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., the Society will be holding a sale of antique and vintage amber glass from the estate of James Manninen. This collection was put together over many years and is now being offered to the public.The sale is made up of items in decorative shades of Fall gold and includes Duncan Miller glass, early American style pressed glass, crackle glass, animals, dishes, hobnail, bottles, lamps, and a multitude of other pieces.

For those who appreciate glass, this is a great opportunity to own some extraordinary glassware at reasonable prices. It is also a fine opportunity to visit one of the more historic houses in the town of Walpole. Please join us for this fund-raising event. Dealers welcome.

10/12/2019

Who remembers Eddie's Diner, formerly near the site of the 99 and Dunkin Donuts on Route 1? We're looking for pictures. Please share if you have any!

Take a look at these Walpole Times ads from October, 1969. Includes the school lunch menu!
10/02/2019

Take a look at these Walpole Times ads from October, 1969. Includes the school lunch menu!

Looks like perfect walking weather! The Walpole Historic Society is pleased to announce a walking tour of downtown Walpo...
09/13/2019

Looks like perfect walking weather!

The Walpole Historic Society is pleased to announce a walking tour of downtown Walpole on Saturday, September 14th from 10:00-12:00, starting in front of the old Town Hall at the corner of Main Street and Stone Street. George Ransom will be leading the tour. He has developed other tours and lead bus tours in the past. The downtown area of Walpole has a rich and extensive history. The walking tour will explore some of the town's most significant history, starting with one of three structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the 1881 Town Hall, the 1826 Deacon Willard Lewis House and the 1883 Union Train Station. In addition, the tour will explore the town common and surrounding buildings and monuments. Common Street and Lewis Avenue houses will be featured, with their detailed historical and architectural significance. The impact of downtown to the history of Walpole is important and should only be appreciated by a visual experience. Please bring cameras and take pictures! It will be approximately a two hour tour, covering just over a mile of walking. We'll start in front of the old Town Hall and end on the green in front of the Historical Society’s home in the Deacon Willard Lewis House. There are public buildings, businesses, monuments, parks, and private homes to see. Rain date is Saturday, September 28th from 10:00 - 12:00. The tour is free. Hope to see you there!

Thinking of setting a fall table or decorating your home for the season?  We have a wonderful variety of amber glass (or...
09/10/2019

Thinking of setting a fall table or decorating your home for the season? We have a wonderful variety of amber glass (or you could be trendy and call it pumpkin spice glass) for sale. Please come check out the collection on Saturdays from 2-4!

09/03/2019

The Walpole Historic Society is pleased to announce a walking tour of downtown Walpole on Saturday, September 14th from 10:00-12:00, starting in front of the old Town Hall at the corner of Main Street and Stone Street. George Ransom will be leading the tour. He has developed other tours and lead bus tours in the past. The downtown area of Walpole has a rich and extensive history. The walking tour will explore some of the town's most significant history, starting with one of three structures listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the 1881 Town Hall, the 1826 Deacon Willard Lewis House and the 1883 Union Train Station. In addition, the tour will explore the town common and surrounding buildings and monuments. Common Street and Lewis Avenue houses will be featured, with their detailed historical and architectural significance. The impact of downtown to the history of Walpole is important and should only be appreciated by a visual experience. Please bring cameras and take pictures! It will be approximately a two hour tour, covering just over a mile of walking. We'll start in front of the old Town Hall and end on the green in front of the Historical Society’s home in the Deacon Willard Lewis House. There are public buildings, businesses, monuments, parks, and private homes to see. Rain date is Saturday, September 28th from 10:00 - 12:00. The tour is free. Hope to see you there!

Take a look at these samples found by the intrepid Bob Allen on his forays deep into the woods of Walpole. Maybe someday...
08/16/2019

Take a look at these samples found by the intrepid Bob Allen on his forays deep into the woods of Walpole. Maybe someday he'll consider leading a field trip!

06/07/2019

Going to the June Fair tomorrow? After you've had your chicken and strawberry shortcake, cross the street to the Deacon Willard Lewis House from 11-3 for a tour and to meet historian Michael Lepage, who will be portraying Lieutenant Philip Robbins of Walpole. Learn what it was like to be in a militia company on the eve of the Revolution, in the spring of 1775. We hope to see you there!

05/27/2019
Attention Everyone!! Please consider coming out this Sat. at 9AM to help replace the flags on our Veterans Gravesites Le...
05/10/2019

Attention Everyone!! Please consider coming out this Sat. at 9AM to help replace the flags on our Veterans Gravesites Let's show some great support for our Men and Woman who were BRAVE enough to defend our Country!! This KICKS OFF WALPOLE DAY.... *New Meeting place, New Senior Cnt on South St. nxt to New Police Station. Hope to see you there!🇺🇸

From the Walpole Times in 1966. Anyone remember the Battle of the Bands at the Four Seasons, with the prize being the ch...
04/26/2019

From the Walpole Times in 1966. Anyone remember the Battle of the Bands at the Four Seasons, with the prize being the chance to perform with the Rolling Stones? The winner was never announced but someone might know.

If you're trying to do some genealogical research, please visit us for resources and assistance! Open every Saturday fro...
04/19/2019

If you're trying to do some genealogical research, please visit us for resources and assistance! Open every Saturday from 2-4 or message us for other arrangements if necessary. We have town records for most years from 1852 to the present, books about various old Walpole families (just a few are pictured) and other useful materials.

04/09/2019

Last September, George Ransom gave a walking tour of Plimptonville. For those who couldn't make it, or want to revisit the sites, George will present it on April 22, 2019, at the Walpole Public Library.

Plimptonville: Celebrating 200 Years - a Power Point Presentation



The Walpole Historical Society is pleased to announce that on Monday April 22, a power point presentation of Plimptonville will be presented in the Walpole Public Library from 7:00pm-8:30 This year marks the 200th year of Plimptonville’s existence. George Ransom led a walking tour of the neighborhood last September. This is a follow up. This presentation will include many historic photos, maps and profiles of significant individuals. George is a 38 year resident of Plimptonville. He has developed several presentations on Calvin Plimpton, Plimptonville, and the Plimpton Iron Works. On several occasions he interviewed Calvin H. Plimpton. Recently he reviewed the Kendall Collection of photos and memorabilia.

“ Plimptonville: Celebrating 200 Years ” is a most recent publication by the Walpole Historical Society. This publication, authored by Ransom, developed a more in-depth history of the Lewis & Plimpton family members. Also included are 76 rare photos, maps, and sketches, including several of the Lewis Castle. In addition, the publication features a sketch developed by George Arthur Plimpton, given at the “Homestead” in 1894, after the Plimptons reacquired the houses & land. The Plimpton and Lewis Families have made many industrial, community, and educational contributions to Walpole and beyond. The book will be available to purchase.

04/09/2019

Last September, George Ransom gave a walking tour of Plimptonville. For those who couldn't make it, or want to revisit the sites, George will present it on April 22, 2019, at the Walpole Public Library.

Plimptonville: Celebrating 200 Years - a Power Point Presentation



The Walpole Historical Society in pleased to announce that on Monday April 22, a power point presentation of Plimptonville will be presented in the Walpole Public Library from 7:00pm-8:30 This year marks the 200th year of Plimptonville’s existence. George Ransom led a walking tour of the neighborhood last September. This is a follow up. This presentation will include many historic photos, maps and profiles of significant individuals. George is a 38 year resident of Plimptonville. He has developed several presentations on Calvin Plimpton, Plimptonville, and the Plimpton Iron Works. On several occasions he interviewed Calvin H. Plimpton. Recently he reviewed the Kendall Collection of photos and memorabilia.

“ Plimptonville: Celebrating 200 Years ” is a most recent publication by the Walpole Historical Society. This publication, authored by Ransom, developed a more in-depth history of the Lewis & Plimpton family members. Also included are 76 rare photos, maps, and sketches, including several of the Lewis Castle. In addition, the publication features a sketch developed by George Arthur Plimpton, given at the “Homestead” in 1894, after the Plimptons reacquired the houses & land. The Plimpton and Lewis Families have made many industrial, community, and educational contributions to Walpole and beyond. The book will be available to purchase.

04/07/2019
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The Lewis House in Walpole is looking for someone to give an estimate on repairing/restoring the front doors. Anyone wit...
03/23/2019

The Lewis House in Walpole is looking for someone to give an estimate on repairing/restoring the front doors. Anyone with experience in working with old homes, please let us know.

Happy Valentine's Day! Take a look at where you might have been shopping or going out in Walpole in February 1964.
02/14/2019

Happy Valentine's Day! Take a look at where you might have been shopping or going out in Walpole in February 1964.

02/05/2019

The Friends of the Walpole Public Library

will have Dr. Gary Hylander speaking at

the Walpole Public Library Community

Room on February 19 at 7:00PM.

Dr. Hylander's talk will be on King Philip's War.

The greatest calamity in seventeenth century

New England was concentrated in the years

1675 - 1678. Twelve towns were destroyed and

many others attacked, while many thousands of

lives were lost on both sides of the conflict.

Who was King Philip, and what caused him to

depart from the peaceful relations with the

European settlers which his father Massasoit

had maintained for nearly four decades?

Dr. Hylander will cover these questions and

describe the ultimate effects on relations

between the natives and the settlers.

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, 'It will be happier.'TennysonPicture from child's scrapb...
01/01/2019

Hope smiles from the threshold of the year to come, whispering, 'It will be happier.'
Tennyson

Picture from child's scrapbook at the Lewis House.

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is t...
12/25/2018

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.
Calvin Coolidge

Image is from a child's scrapbook at the Deacon Willard Lewis House.

A selection of Christmas advertisements from the Walpole Times, December 1927. Hoping you have gotten your shopping done...
12/24/2018

A selection of Christmas advertisements from the Walpole Times, December 1927. Hoping you have gotten your shopping done well before Christmas Eve and are enjoying the night.

Anyone wish they could still do some holiday shopping here?
12/20/2018

Anyone wish they could still do some holiday shopping here?

Walpole Historical Society
12/16/2018

Walpole Historical Society

Walpole Historical Society
12/16/2018

Walpole Historical Society

The Society is open on Saturdays from 2 to 4 for your holiday gift needs. Published this year is the Civil War Soldiers ...
12/09/2018

The Society is open on Saturdays from 2 to 4 for your holiday gift needs. Published this year is the Civil War Soldiers of Walpole, containing over 500 pages. We also have other books relating to the town’s history, including The Industrialists of Walpole, which describes the history of the original businesses that established mills along the Neponset River. The Story of Stop River Falls recounts the development of the iron foundry along the Stop River at the Norfolk boundary. Powderhouse Hill is a history of the many occupants of the site since developed into The Village at Swan Pond. The Maps of Walpole is a compilation of information and maps of the Town since it’s incorporation in 1724. The Railroad History of Walpole, which contains over 200 pages of notes compiled by Francis Donovan, and The History of Plimptonville were both published this year. In addition, we still have copies of the Histories of Walpole by Lewis and DeLue. The Images of Walpole remains in print and is always a good gift item. All are available from the Walpole Historical Society at 33 West Street.

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33 West St
Walpole, MA
02081

Opening Hours

Saturday 14:00 - 16:00

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Would you have any photos of Ganawatte Farm that was located in South Walpole? (Off of Pine Street - on the "other side" of Route 1)
Fales Foundry was operating in the 1800s and 1900s on property beside Glenwood Ave. to make gray cast iron castings. It was understood that at the end of the day some of the workers made casting of their own. These included cast iron fire place andirons in the form of an eagle with holes for eyes. In these holes marbles were placed so that the eyes could glow from the burning logs. It would be appreciated by the Walpole Historical Society to learn about these. If anyone knows about them we could be contacted by letter or photo. The Society is located at 20 West St. Walpole, MA 02081 Attention: K.West Thank you.
I received my certificate in the mail today of my supplemental membership to the SAR (Sons of the American Revolution) by descent from Daniel Rhoads who was born 1752 in Stoughtonham and died 1830 in Walpole. He was married to his wife Lydia in the town of Sharon. I am descended from their first born son, Reuben. If there are any other descendants of Daniel & Lydia Rhoads who are interested in joining the SAR or DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution), I would be happy to share the details of my verified lineage. I also contributed a short biography that I wrote about him to the SAR website: http://sarpatriots.sar.org/patriot/display/277784