Westford Museum & Historical Society

Westford Museum & Historical Society The Westford Museum houses a wonderful collection of artifacts typical of small towns. We have excellent materials covering many old Westford families as well as old Westford house histories, WA memorabilia and information on the Westford Knight.
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Hot off the Press and just in time for our Graniteville Tour! New Book compiled by Marilyn Day: Graniteville, A Tour wit...
08/13/2020

Hot off the Press and just in time for our Graniteville Tour!
New Book compiled by Marilyn Day: Graniteville, A Tour with Aime Gervais
https://museum.westford.org/product/day-graniteville-a-tour-with-aime-gervais/
In 2002 Aime Gervais, who was born in Graniteville in 1930, traveled back in time and provided a glimpse of the Graniteville where he had grown up. From barbers to bakers, Aime’s stories are a wonderful look back at the Village. Now in 2020, we have preserved his memories in a booklet with his stories and pictures. This is all just in time for the Westford Historical Society’s TOUR of GRANITVILLE to be conducted on SATURDAY, August 15th at 2pm with Westford Town Historians, Geoff Hall, Jim VanBever and Paul MacMillian. Meet at the Methodist Church, Church St. *Face Mask Required (The booklet will be available for sale on Saturday $10ea (sales tax included)

Have you seen the article in the Boston Globe “Westford celebrates 100 years of women’s suffrage”? https://www.bostonglo...
08/11/2020
Westford to honor 100 years of women’s suffrage - The Boston Globe

Have you seen the article in the Boston Globe “Westford celebrates 100 years of women’s suffrage”? https://www.bostonglobe.com/2020/08/10/metro/westford-honor-100-years-womens-suffrage/
Join us Sunday August 23rd at 2pm for a 1920 Victory Rally and Promenade on the Westford Common (*face masks required) and later than evening 8/23 through Aug 27th, the Westford Common will be lit with purple and gold lights representing the certification of the 19th Amendment and Women’s Right to Vote
For more event details visit our website at: museum.westford.org

Westford residents have an opportunity to help celebrate the centennial of women’s suffrage in the United States.

WHERE in WESTFORD is it?This ‘street’ runs through one of the many sport fields in town, this one having basketball cour...
08/10/2020

WHERE in WESTFORD is it?
This ‘street’ runs through one of the many sport fields in town, this one having basketball courts and baseball diamonds. The street was named after an influential man in Westford, who founded the town’s Little League in 1953, then called the “Small Fry League.” The league was founded in order to give something to the kids after the Abbot Worsted teams were all gone. Starting with around 70 players and six teams, Little League was an instant success. The Man went on to become an ordained catholic priest, and was remembered in 2013 when the street was named in his honor.

Are you a photographer?  Do you have a keen eye for detail and like taking pictures of WESTFORD? Submit you photo(s) to ...
08/09/2020

Are you a photographer? Do you have a keen eye for detail and like taking pictures of WESTFORD? Submit you photo(s) to the Westford Historical Society’s “Capture the Moment” PHOTO CONTEST by August 15th. Categories: Youth 6-18 and Adults 19 and up. For rules: https://museum.westford.org/capture-the-moment-photo-contest/

July "Capture the Moment" Photo Contest Winner (Adult Category) Ravichandran Mohamed: David vs Goliath. Bluejay vs Hawk

Shopping in Graniteville! In 2002 Marilyn Day spoke with Arthur Pellerin on the store in Graniteville known as Westford ...
08/08/2020

Shopping in Graniteville! In 2002 Marilyn Day spoke with Arthur Pellerin on the store in Graniteville known as Westford Hardware. Read the history of Westford Hardware/Parent's Market and join us for a WALKING TOUR of historic GRANITEVILLE, Saturday AUGUST 15 at 2PM. Meet at the United Methodist Church. (Face Masks Required) https://museum.westford.org/westford-hardware-parents-market/

August 7, 1920~Gage Ice Co. ice houses on Forge Pond burn to the ground. 2,000 people from 14 towns attend Republican Le...
08/07/2020

August 7, 1920~Gage Ice Co. ice houses on Forge Pond burn to the ground. 2,000 people from 14 towns attend Republican League meeting on Whitney playground, enjoying a concert by the Abbot Worsted Co. band, a ballgame between Abbot Worsted & Quincy town teams & a speech by Congressman John Jacob Rogers. More from the Westford Wardsman 100 years ago. https://museum.westford.org/the-westford-wardsman-saturday-august-7-1920/

Did you know that before being given the name Graniteville, the Graniteville Village area of Westford was called Stone Q...
08/06/2020

Did you know that before being given the name Graniteville, the Graniteville Village area of Westford was called Stone Quarry? Discover more and JOIN us for a WALKING TOUR of historic GRANITEVILLE, Saturday AUGUST 15th. Meet at the United Methodist Church @2pm. (Face Masks Required) More Info at https://museum.westford.org/events/a-walking-tour-of-graniteville/

Are you a capture the moment photographer? Submit your photos to  the Westford Historical Society's August "Capture the ...
08/04/2020

Are you a capture the moment photographer? Submit your photos to the Westford Historical Society's August "Capture the Moment" Photo contest by August 15th. Categories: youth 6-18, adults 19 and up. For more information login to our website at: https://museum.westford.org/capture-the-moment-photo-contest/

July entry: Ann Jacobsmeier: "Two person kayak” Sandy Beach, Nabnasset Lake. July 4,2020

Living and working in a new way ~ The COVID-19 PandemicWhat would you like your children and grandchild to remember or k...
08/02/2020

Living and working in a new way ~ The COVID-19 Pandemic
What would you like your children and grandchild to remember or know about the COVID-19 pandemic? Submit your reflections, adventures, pictures and videos and share them in our digital time capsule to be opened in 20 years, May of 2040. For more information see our website at: https://museum.westford.org/covid-19-digital-time-capsule/

WHERE in WESTFORD is it?The Liberty Tree was planted in 1975 as an homage to the original tree, which was cut down in Bo...
08/01/2020

WHERE in WESTFORD is it?
The Liberty Tree was planted in 1975 as an homage to the original tree, which was cut down in Boston in late 1775. Donated and planted by the Westford Minutemen, the Liberty Tree was dedicated the day of the Apple Blossom Parade in 1975. The Westford Liberty Tree is a Purple Beech and has a purplish hue to the leaves, making it easy to spot.

Westford, 100 years ago today......Cows refuse to eat first-ever-grown crop of sweet clover on Polleys' farm. Government...
07/31/2020

Westford, 100 years ago today......Cows refuse to eat first-ever-grown crop of sweet clover on Polleys' farm. Government agents inspecting corn fields for borers. Census results show that Westford population is 3,170, an increase from 2,851 in 1910. From the Westford Wardsman, July 31, 1920. https://museum.westford.org/the-westford-wardsman-saturday-july-31-1920/

WHERE in WESTFORD is it?This Golf Course used to be a farm for Cows and pigs, before it was renovated in 2004 to a Golf ...
07/30/2020

WHERE in WESTFORD is it?
This Golf Course used to be a farm for Cows and pigs, before it was renovated in 2004 to a Golf course so that the family business could be more easily passed down the line, without selling the farmland to developers. The Golf course had some difficulties in expansion, due to an endangered species of salamander living nearby, but in 2006 managed to expand past its initial nine holes.

Where in Westford is it? Hint: This memorial is one of three Civil War memorials in Westford. This one was erected in 19...
07/29/2020

Where in Westford is it?
Hint: This memorial is one of three Civil War memorials in Westford. This one was erected in 1910, has a time capsule underneath, and features a bronze statue of a union soldier. Edwin Metcalf funded the memorial as a way to honor his father, William Metcalf, ostensibly the first Civil War volunteer in the town of Westford. The unveiling ceremony was celebrated by nearly the entire town, and at the close there was a band concert played by a military band.

Our old sign is History! It needs to be repaired. Many years ago before Brad Emerson, closed his real estate agency he d...
07/28/2020

Our old sign is History! It needs to be repaired. Many years ago before Brad Emerson, closed his real estate agency he donated his Real Estate sign to the Westford Museum. The outdoor sign has proudly hung outside of the Westford Museum for over 30 years and has become very worn and is now difficult to read. Help us repair our street sign with a small $20 tax deductible donation. Every time you drive by the Museum on Boston Rd, you can feel proud of preserving a small bit of Westford history. Thank you for your support. DONATE HERE: https://museum.westford.org/our-old-sign-is-history-we-need-a-new-one/

WHERE in Westford is it? Hint: This is the location of the original Westford Academy (1794-1896) (WA) was founded in 179...
07/25/2020

WHERE in Westford is it?
Hint: This is the location of the original Westford Academy (1794-1896) (WA) was founded in 1792 as a private secondary school for children “of any nation, age, or sex.” It was exceptional from its beginning, taking both boys and girls as students as long as they could read the Bible without sounding out words and pay 9 shillings per term. The foundation was excavated as an Eagle Scout project in 2017.

In 1920 the fire companies from Westford, with its "new chemical engine," Chelmsford & Lowell can't save West Chelmsford...
07/24/2020

In 1920 the fire companies from Westford, with its "new chemical engine," Chelmsford & Lowell can't save West Chelmsford church from totally destructive blaze. Weather is ideal as a large crowd enjoys Abbot Worsted Co. band concert on the Common. More from the Westford Wardsman, 100 years ago July 24, 1920 can be found here at: https://museum.westford.org/the-westford-wardsman-saturday-july-24-1920/

Our artifact of the week is a pair of needlework bedroom slippers stitched by Rebecca Luce in 1890. Mrs. Luce was also a...
07/22/2020

Our artifact of the week is a pair of needlework bedroom slippers stitched by Rebecca Luce in 1890. Mrs. Luce was also a connected with the history of women’s rights, signing a petition with 254 other Westford women in support of the town not appropriating licenses for alcohol sales. Read more at: https://museum.westford.org/featured-artifact-of-the-week-2/

On this day in 1848 about 300 people gathered over July 19-20, at the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls and voted on their...
07/20/2020

On this day in 1848 about 300 people gathered over July 19-20, at the Wesleyan Chapel in Seneca Falls and voted on their Declaration of Sentiments, outlining grievances and 11 resolutions defining the rights debated and voted on by convention attendees. It was the official start of the Women's Suffrage Movement in the U.S. Read the Declaration of Sentiment written by Elizabeth Cady Stanton here: https://www.pbs.org/kenburns/not-for-ourselves-alone/declaration-of-sentiments

Are you a fan of David Brody's, Knight Templar book series?  Just released #10 in the series "Watchtower of Turtle Islan...
07/20/2020

Are you a fan of David Brody's, Knight Templar book series? Just released #10 in the series "Watchtower of Turtle Island ($14.95) Autographed by the author, the book can be purchased on-line through the Westford Historical Society museum stores. Curbside delivery available. Order here: https://museum.westford.org/product/brody-david-s-watchtower-of-turtle-island-templars-and-the-antichrist/

Save the date, Mr. Brody will be speaking on the history behind his new book a the Westford Museum, Sunday November 15th at 2:30 pm

Its Massachusetts Blue Bird Day. Chalk the Museum parking lot today. Thank you all that stopped by and Chalked a Blue Bi...
07/19/2020

Its Massachusetts Blue Bird Day. Chalk the Museum parking lot today. Thank you all that stopped by and Chalked a Blue Bird

Its Massachusetts Blue Bird Day. Chalk the Musiem parking lot today
07/19/2020

Its Massachusetts Blue Bird Day. Chalk the Musiem parking lot today

WHERE in WESTFORD is it?Hint: This granite monument celebrates the lives of firefighters who have died in the line of du...
07/19/2020

WHERE in WESTFORD is it?
Hint: This granite monument celebrates the lives of firefighters who have died in the line of duty. There is a bell on the top that can be rung during ceremonies, made out of bronze, which signifies the “last call” of the firefighters who have died because of their job. There is also a plaque on a granite base, with a poem about fallen comrades engraved on it.

A look back in time to a century ago, July 17, 1920, Mary Pickford’s latest movie, ‘Suds,’ shown in Forge Village. Engin...
07/17/2020

A look back in time to a century ago, July 17, 1920, Mary Pickford’s latest movie, ‘Suds,’ shown in Forge Village. Engineers & members of the fire company test new motor fire apparatus. Large crowds enjoy the bathing beach at Long-Sought-For Pond. More from the Westford Wardsman at: A look back in time to a century ago, July 17, 1920

WHERE in WESTFORD is it?Hint: these giant blocks were made to read one word when read from one side, and a different wor...
07/16/2020

WHERE in WESTFORD is it?
Hint: these giant blocks were made to read one word when read from one side, and a different word when read from the other. Put in place in about 1992, this sculpture was designed by two Westford Academy students, and has a time capsule to be opened in 2092 hidden under one of its blocks. Though the sculpture had to be disassembled in 2000, it was put back together the right way with help from Arlyss Becker, a former art teacher

Who lives, who writes, who tells your story? YOU do! Share your story to the Westford Historical Society’s Covid-19 Digi...
07/14/2020

Who lives, who writes, who tells your story? YOU do! Share your story to the Westford Historical Society’s Covid-19 Digital Time Capsule, to be opened in 20 years. What do you want your friends and family in the future to know of how you are living through the pandemic of 2020. Here are a few of our stories:
https://museum.westford.org/covid-19-digital-time-capsule

Enter your photo(s) in our "Capture the Moment" Photo Contest. Two categories: Ages 18 and under and 19 and above. Submi...
07/13/2020

Enter your photo(s) in our "Capture the Moment" Photo Contest. Two categories: Ages 18 and under and 19 and above. Submit you entry by July 15th. For rules and regulations: https://museum.westford.org/capture-the-moment-photo-contest/

June 2020 photo contest winner: Ravichandran Mohamed: Family deer and it's fawn at my backyard.

WHERE in WESTFORD is it? Hint: In the spring of 1977, a big wind tipped the spire of the Roundenbush and the bell had to...
07/12/2020

WHERE in WESTFORD is it?
Hint: In the spring of 1977, a big wind tipped the spire of the Roundenbush and the bell had to be removed to straighten the spire back up. The repairman then told the Roudenbush Committee that the bell was too heavy for the spire which was weakened from when the building was built as the Westford Academy in 1885. The bell was gifted to the Westford Museum and a gazebo was built to protect it.

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2-4 Boston Rd
Westford, MA
01886

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Monday 09:00 - 13:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 13:00
Friday 09:00 - 13:00
Sunday 14:00 - 16:00

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(978) 692-5550

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Founded “to study Westford history” and “to stimulate the collection and preservation” of related manuscripts and artifacts and “to encourage research and disseminate historical information,” the Westford Historical Society first met on November 20, 1958, under the inspiration and leadership of Allister MacDougall. The Westford Historical Society and Museum is now located in the original 1794 Westford Academy building in the center of town. In addition to the building, the museum houses a collection of artifacts from Westford’s past and current history, including the Westford Women Dolls, objects from the Sargent and Abbot Mills, and a plaster cast of the Westford Knight.

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Hi. There's a discussion on the "Westford, Massachusetts" FB group about the origin of the WA grey ghost mascot. can someone tell us the year it was chosen, who chose it, and the reason if any of this is on record? thank you!
Boston Globe - August 19, 1945
went there for morning classes and home room in 1970 !
Westford Knight and Boat Stone featured in this show:
Meet at the Westford Museum for a Sunday afternoon stroll through historic Westford Center. Hear what Westford center looked like a 100 years ago and learn more about the homes, churches and public buildings that are still standing today. (45 minute walk followed by a discussion of the tour at the Westford Museum) Grab your water bottle and walking shoes and join Kate Hamlin, aka, Ellen Harde for a Sunday afternoon stroll down Main Street, Westford MA.
I have been sitting here at the computer for a long time, trying to find out the history of Greystone Pond with NO luck. It appears to have not existed prior to the 1960s, and also seems to be part of the Fletcher Quarry operations. Was this related to pumping water from the quarry pit? I'd appreciate any info... THANKS!
Go to www.54lowellroad.com for more photos and history of this house.
i am looking for year books for the nashoba valley technical h.s. the years between 1970-1975. hoping you may have them. if not, where would i look? i did call the westford library. they told me to contact you. thank you.
Hallway that led to servant’s quarters. Atwood/Millet House.
Master bedroom Atwood/Millet House.
Atwood/Miller house bathroom.
Painting by William Millet.