Exhibits

The Westford Museum houses several permanent exhibits. Temporary exhibits highlight parts of our collections which cannot be displayed on a permanent basis. A large percentage of the collections are in storage and can be viewed by appointment if their condition allows.

Approximately 80% of the Westford Historical Society’s collections are in storage, not normally on display in the Museum. Each week we feature a different artifact from our collection.

Permanent Exhibits

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History Pods-Virtually Keeping Westford’s History Alive

View our collection of short Westford History Pods (3-5 minute videos) featuring items and artifacts from the Westford Museum’s collection as well as a tibit of Westford History and more!

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Aerial view of Abbot Mills Buildings

The Abbot Worsted Company; The Business, the People and the Community

Virtually tour the Abbot Mill Exhibit in the Westford Museum with Penny Lacroix (2007) Helene (Mickey Crocker reflects on her years working in the Mills (2021) Working the Mill in

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Captain Pelatiah Fletcher Doll House

The Doll House is no ordinary playhouse.  After moving into the Captain Fletcher House (54 Lowell Rd), Mary “Marni” D. Agnew decided to create a replica of the house.  The

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Home Life

Not so long ago, the average home was a very different place. Candles lit the rooms instead of light bulbs, fires were used to cook things instead of ovens and

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Photo of mural

What happened to the Lake Shore Theatre?

Mural-sized painting of Nabnasset Country Club, ca. 1930 W.2017.24.1Photo by Rich McLaughlin We’ve been hearing lots about the Lake Shore Theatre in Nabnasset. It was run by Franklin Trask for

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Stone Circle at Grassy Pond

History in Stone; Reminders of Native American Life in Westford. The Stone Circle at Grassy Pond, may be an ancient artifacts found here in Westford, by Cori Ryan, and Darlene

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Set in Stone~ History of the Quarry Industry

Westford has a long history in industry, with the earliest recorded granite quarrying beginning in 1826 on Oak Hill, near today’s Fletcher Granite company. Granite from here is known for

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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

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Image of the Westford Knight

The Westford Knight

The so called “Westford Knight” is a carving of unconfirmed origin in ledgerock on the hill approaching Westford Center from Stony Brook. Easily visible in contrast with the natural features

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Online Exhibits

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Featured Artifact of the Week

Photograph From the Collection Black and white group photo from 1891, presumably of the Fletchers and Richardsons, at 120 Lowell Rd in Westford. The still standing house is known as

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Notable of the Month- Paul F. Bohenko (1935-2001) 

“The Jockey from Forge Village”  By James VanBever   Many people may have visited the Mall at Rockingham Park in Salem, New Hampshire, and not known that it was once the

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Earle Williams (1902-1988)

Earle Williams Sells Fudge in Littleton Area Littleton- HEAVY CREAM – HOMEMADE FUDGE that’s what the four cornered sign says atop of the car usually parked at Littleton Common on

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Featured Artifact of the Week

Painting From the Collection (in museum) 4′ x 8′ painting on wood of the Nabnasset Country Club, surrounded by a 2.5″ wood frame. It was made around 1930, the painting

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Notable of the Month- Charles L. Hildreth (1879-1968) Part 2

By James VanBever Vice President Dawes and General Pershing Lexington, MA April 19, 1925 photo by Charles L. Hildreth (snow) Charlie would continue to serve Westford as town clerk from

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Featured Artifact of the Week

Pincushion From the Collection Round beaded medallion pincushion made by Emily Frances Fletcher (1825-1943) in 1854. She was only nine years old. The item also has the initials “S.D.F.”, which

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Featured Artifact of the Week

Photograph From the Collection Ca. 1900 photograph of two women sitting in front of the fireplace in the Prescott House at 25 Pine Rd in the Graniteville section of town.

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Straight Pin From the Collection Two wooden pin setters used to straighten pins on the wool combs. They could also be used to remove short fibers in the wool. Their

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Featured Artifact of the Week

Historic House Print From the Collection Print of 224 Concord Road in Westford, originally taken in 1912, of the Henry Fletcher house. Henry was born in Chelmsford in 1778, and

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Past Exhibits

See highlights from past exhibits on our Past Exhibits page.