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 month we feature a different artifact from our collection.
Before the mills came to Westford, the town was mainly agricultural. A farm was home to many Westford residents. Apples were Westford’s major crop. Other profitable crops consisted of peaches, strawberries, blackberries, raspberries, as well as many more small fruits. Common farming tools included the brush hook, buck saw, scythe, …Read more
Many thanks go out to Cori Ryan and all the people involved in yesterday’s History in Stone program! Over 80 people visited the Museum to hear Cori’s talk on the Stone Circle at Grassy Pond, view the ancient artifacts found here in Westford, listen to Spirit Dancer’s stories and revel …Read more
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 …Read more
These are online-only exhibits, usually consisting of photos.
Ernest Born Lithographs From the Westford Granite exhibit and collection No 4 Cutting Shed at Fletcher Quarry Rock Crusher at Fletcher Quarry Fletcher Quarry Floor Federal Building in Boston Faced with Chelmsford Gray In 1930, architect and artist Ernest Born (1898-1992) made a series of 12 lithographs, including copies, for Westford’s …Read more
Foot Warmer From the “Road to Westford” exhibit Foot warmers were staples in New England homes and churches during the winter until heating systems grew more effective in the twentieth century. They were filled with hot coals. Before more modern heating systems, they were one of many methods for staying …Read more
Jan. 30, 2019 Brewerton Point From “The Road to Westford” exhibit Brewerton Side-Notched Point Biface projectile point (arrowhead) dated to the Late Archaic Period, approx. 6,000-3,700 years ago. It was found in 1960 near abandoned Red Line railroad near Flagg Rd. in Westford, and donated by past resident Huntington L. …Read more
Jan. 23, 2019 Wedges and Shims From the granite quarrying exhibit Plugs & Feathers These wedges and shims (also known as plugs & feathers or wind blocks) were used in granite quarrying. Archaeologically, the marks left by plugs and feathers can aid in dating structures when other records are not available. …Read more
Jan. 16, 2019 Peggy, Westford Women Doll From the “Westford Women” exhibits Peggy, Westford Women Doll Even though there are no birth and death records available, the First Parish Church record Peggy as baptized in 1732. She was the servant of Joseph Hildreth, Jr., who lived near Minot’s Corner (Cornerstone Square). …Read more
Jan. 9, 2019 Tiki Lau Drink Stirrer From the “Past Westford Eateries” exhibit Amesbury Location Westford Location The Tiki Lau restaurant on rt. 110 operated from 1974 to 2008. They offered Cantonese, Polynesian, Mandarin, Szechuan, and some American. In the last year of its operation it was rebranded as the “New …Read more
Jan 2, 2019 H. Arnold Wilder’s Class Ring From the Collection Class Ring (bottom) Class Ring (top) Photo of WA Trustees with Arnold Wilder The Wilder family moved to Westford in 1923 from New Hampshire, with Henry Arnold Wilder (1909-2009) graduating from Westford Academy in 1927. Arnold was a mechanical …Read more
Treasured Artifacts of Olden Days A revolving exhibit featuring object(s) from the collection Click to Featured Artifacts Past Artifact of the Month (Selected from 2018 and prior): Rainbow Hawk-Eye Camera made around 1930 W.1998.28.6b Hooked Rug by Jeanne Fallier W.2004.68 Westford Firefighter Pins of Assistant Fire Chief Anthony …Read more
Over the years, the Westford Academy Museum Club created posters illustrating a snapshot of the world, the nation and the town in a particular year. They were often put on display for Westford Academy alumni visits, reminding them of what things were like the year they graduated. Here’s the full …Read more
4 Graniteville Rd – Atwood House The Atwood-Millett Family included a doctor, nurse, lawyer, and artist, and there are connections to other towns across the country. Lillian, Mary, and Sarah “Carrie” Atwood were lifelong Westford residents. Grace (Atwood) Millett was a nurse in Westford into the 1950s, and was featured in …Read more
See highlights from past exhibits on our Past Exhibits page.