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.


Temporary Exhibits

Photos of Oaken Bucket Menus

Artifact of the Month

The Artifact of the Month A revolving exhibit featuring rarely seen object(s) from the collection Current: Old Oaken Bucket Menus A local restaurant that operated from the 1930s to 2002 on Rt. 110. The building is now the 99 Restaurant. W.2016.16.1, W.2002.99.43 Past (Selected): Hooked Rug by Jeanne Fallier W.2004.68 …

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Storyteller Spirit Dancer

History in Stone Recap

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 …

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Photo of mural


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 …

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Online Exhibits

These are online-only exhibits, usually consisting of photos.

Timeline Posters

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 …

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4 Graniteville - atwood house photo

The Atwood-Carlton-Millett Family

4 Graniteville Rd – Atwood House The Atwood-Millett Family represents a notable part of local history and culture, particularly the individuals within the family. Their part of local culture is of great significance beyond politics and businesses. Link to full exhibit! Link to house tour

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Photo of Westford Depot Bridge

Westford Photos

The Westford Historical Society owns a wealth of photos from both past and present. Your Westford photos are always welcome. Stop by during office hours or on a Sunday afternoon. All photo donations should be accompanied by your contact information and as much detail as you can provide on the …

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Aerial view of Abbot Mills Buildings

Abbot Mills Photos

In 2006, prior to the conversion of the Abbot Mill buildings into residential units, Alan Chaffee received permission from the owners to complete a thorough photographic survey of the existing buildings. Alan generously made these photos available to the Westford Historical Society and the public. Enjoy your virtual tour! This …

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Photo from 1929 pageant

Westford’s 275th Celebration

  The ladies of the “Bonnet Club” from the Chamberlin Corner section of Westford gathered in 1928 for this delight photo. Number 1 is Lucinda Prescott, who lived at 181 Main Street; #2, Ruth Johnson who lived at 88 Chamberlin Road; 3, Ida Fletcher; 4, Edna Moore; 5, Julia Knowlton; …

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Past Exhibits

See highlights from past exhibits on our Past Exhibits page.