PO Box 411, 2-4 Boston Road, Westford, MA 01886
Tel: (978) 692-5550, Fax (978) 692-5550

 

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Museum Hours:
Most Sundays 2-4

Office Hours:

  • Monday 9am-1pm
  • Wednesday 9am-1pm
  • Friday 9am-1pm

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Welcome To
The Westford Museum & Historical Society

The Westford Museum is located near the historic town Common at 2 Boston Road in Westford, Massachusetts. The office is at 4 Boston Road. The Museum houses a varied collection of artifacts typical of small towns. If your interest is genealogy, be sure and contact us as we have excellent materials covering many old Westford families.  And if old Westford houses interest you we have house histories as well. We also have an almost complete collection of Westford Academy yearbooks, many photographs of students and teachers, and other academy memorabilia. If you are looking for a gift that is uniquely Westford, be sure and check our Museum Store page.

Before you visit, double-check the Museum Calendar as there are a few holiday Sundays when we are closed.  If you're doing research don't hesitate to send an e-mail or call ahead so we can prepare for your visit.  We look forward to meeting you.

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Membership letters have been mailed. Did you get an Eclipse stamp?

If you have an eclipse stamp on your membership letter, you've won a piece of glassware from the Museum Shop! To claim your prize, send your envelope back to us along with your membership renewal, and we'll arrange for selection and delivery of your glassware. If you choose to renew online, email a photo of your envelope after renewing, and we'll take care of the details.

Not a member and didn't get a renewal letter? Not to worry! All new memberships received before our annual meeting on Wednesday, 25 October will be entered into a drawing for a piece of glassware. Purchase your membership by mail or online.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

WATAWHS Annual Meeting

Wednesday, 25 October 2017, beginning at 7 p.m.

Westford Academy Theater Arts (WATA) students will bring back to life the characters who inhabited Nabnasset's historic Lake Shore Playhouse stage in their 1934 to 1936 Seasons. Selected works will include Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and Edmond Rostand's Cyrano De Bergerac.

 


History in Stone
Reminders of Native American Life in Westford

Sunday, 29 October - This special event will feature several speakers and a 1-day display of a spectacular local Native American artifact collection. Visitors are welcome to come and go at any time during the afternoon. The story telling and hands-on history activities are appropriate for children as well as adults. Speakers will include Westford resident Cori Ryan, and Darlene Kascak from the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, CT and a member of the Schaghticoke Tribe.

Following a brief reception, Cori Ryan will present "The Mystery of the Grassy Pond Stone Circle," which is a site here in Westford. "Finding the Stone Circle took me on a journey that led back 8000 years," said Ryan. "It also connected me to people from different tribes, each who shared a unique perspective on the origin of the Stone Circle. I want to share this experience with others, encourage thought about the stones' connection to people of the past, connection to people in the present, and share what I have learned so that they can draw their own conclusions on the remaining mysteries of the Stone Circle."

The opening talk will be followed by a Q&A session, some storytelling, and a show and tell along with a family oriented talk on Native American life in the past.

Throughout the afternoon, a special exhibition will be on display upstairs in the Museum. The artifacts, dating as far back as 6000 years ago, were found here in Westford in the 1970s and are held in a private collection. This is the first time they will be on display publicly. The exhibition will also include information on other stone structures in Westford, offering theories about their history, and will encourage visitors to consider their thoughts on the structures.

This event was made possible by a grant from IBM.

The event runs from 1pm to 4 pm. Admission is free. Refreshments will be provided.

 

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Fun for the whole family!

The first Sunday of October, November and December - 10/1, 11/5 and 12/3

Starting at 2:30 at the Museum

 

Nabnasset

Nabnasset is the 5th and final theme in our Villages of Westford series. It started as a farming community and added the mills at Brookside. In the late 19th century the recreational land around Nab Lake was known as "Nabnasset Grove." A summer community built up in the 1930s and 40s, complete with a country club and summer theater.

A 4'x8' mural donated to the Museum by Terri McGrath is the centerpiece of the Nabnasset exhibit.

Photo by Rich McLaughlin

 

 

 

Coming in November

Researching World War I

Tuesday, 7 Nobember - In April 1917 the United States entered World War I, which had been raging in Europe since August 1914. Many Americans have ancestors who fought in the Great War. In this talk Bob Oliphant will discuss sources available for researching both individual soldiers' records and the records of the military units in which they served. The talk will be illustrated with examples of these records, mostly pertaining to the 37th "Buckeye" Division.

 

Coming in December

Dave Brody talk and book signing

The seventh novel in David Brody's "Templars in America" series, entitled The Cult of Venus: Templars and the Ancient Goddess is now available! Join us at the Museum on Sunday, December 10, at 2:30 PM, as Mr. Brody discusses the journals, the stone circle in Westford and the research behind this book. Booksigning to follow. See our Happenings page for emore details.

 

WA LogoWestford Academy Alumni -- -

The Westford Historical Society needs your help for a Special Project.

The Westford Historical Society is putting together an exhibit on Westford Academy and Alumni from the start of the Westford Academy 1792 to the present. Included in the exhibit will be the history of Westford Academy and its 4 locations along with historical photos. A subset of the exhibit will be highlights on some of Westford Academy's Alumni from 1792 to the present.

We want you to be part of the Westford Academy exhibit. Please fill out the Alumni Info Form. Instructions for submitting it are found on the form. Feel free to share with your friends and family, too.

 

 


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The Westford Museum is open most Sundays of the year from 2-4 pm. Check the calendar for closings.

 

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PO Box 411, 2-4 Boston Road, Westford, MA 01886, Tel: (978) 692-5550