July 2020 Museum Musings

Entering Westford ~the newest Artifact in our collection

Geoff Hall and Richard McLaughlin, while working on the North Westford presentation, hiked on June 1, 2020 to the Greystone Trail in North Westford. While walking the trail, they noticed this Route 3 “ENTERING WESTFORD” sign off the trail in the woods. The sign is possibly dated to the mid 1960’s when that portion of Route 3 in the Tyngsboro/Westford area was being completed. The sign was most likely taken down during the widening of Route 3 in 2001 and brought into the woods some distance from the highway.

We love our volunteers!

When you run out of storage space, create more!

Thanks to Newell Tillman for your superior craftsmanship. Newell designed and installed for us two new storage areas for our ever growing collection of Westford artifacts and treasures.





Photo Contest/Digital Time Capsule
Our June winners

Stone Bridge, Tom Paul Trail, Westford, MA ~ Prasad Pasala (2020)
Reflections, Nabnasset Pond Dam, Westford MA ~ Patrick Woodbury (2020)
Family, deer and it’s fawn at my backyard ~ Ravichandran Mohamed (2020)

Have you been taking many more pictures during the pandemic? Share them. Submit your favorite picture(s) to our July photo contest, “Capture the Moment”

Detail can be found on our website 











Join us for a Walking Tour of the Heart Graniteville
Saturday August 15, 2020 2-3:30pm
(Rain date Sunday August 16th)

Enjoy a historic walking tour of the urban area of Graniteville with Westford Town Historians, Geoff Hall and Jim VanBever. Park in the larger parking lot to the left of the United Methodist Church and meet Geoff and Jim across the street from the church by the Nativity Creche to begin your tour. Hear about the significant people and the economic and political impact that Graniteville has had on the development of Westford. Explore the heart of Graniteville with us.



Notable of the Month ~ Meet Frank L. Furbush,
Just one of the Graniteville Notables you’ll hear about in our
upcoming Walking Tour of the heart of Graniteville.

WESTFORD, March 8, 1938 (Lowell Sun)-Citizens of Westford will regret to learn that Frank L. Furbush, who has served in several important elective offices for many years, declined reappointment to the finance board at the expiration of his term on March 1 of this year because of his health. Mr Furbush was born in Freeman Maine on April 1, 1861. He received his education in the school of that town and in 1883 came to Graniteville where he entered the employ of the C.G.Sargent Corp., for whom he has worked for 55 years and at the present time is their chief engineer.

Mr. Furbush was a member of the board of selectmen for 12 years and chairman for six year. He served 12 years also on the school committee, was a fire engineer for six years and chairman of the board of health during the period he was selectman. For the past 10 years he has been a wise valued member of the finance board. Mr. Furbursh has been a wised and trustworthy executive whose objectives has always been in the best interest of Westford

Mr Hildreth has sent the following letter to Mr. Furbush:

My Dear Mr. Furbush;
It was with regret that I learned that you felt unable to continue your duties on the finance board. Your presence on the school committee, board of health and board of selectmen over a long period contributed in a large measure to a wise and economical administration of town affairs. In acknowledgement of your experience and good judgement you were appointed in 1928 to the finance board on which you served faithfully and gave willingly of your time during the past ten years.
On behalf of the people of Westford, I wish to express their sincere appreciation of your unselfish service.
Town Moderator

Upcoming Events

Meet Lucy Stone ~ Westford Celebrates Women’s Right to Vote Event
Tuesday September 29, 2020 at 7pm.

“I Now Pronounce You Lucy Stone” In this fiery presentation, Lucy describes the tension of Antebellum Boston.. Women were evolving from successful abolitionists to struggling suffragists! Challenging discrimination is not easy; Lucy Stone was never one to take the easy road. The first woman from Massachusetts to earn a college degree, Lucy was an ardent supporter of human rights. Always fierce, her belief that women and men be equal was evident in both her political and personal endeavors. Her message inspired thousands to join the suffrage movement; even Susan B. Anthony credits Lucy’s impassioned speeches for her involvement. As a scholar, Lucy studied Greek and Hebrew, insisting that ancient scriptures had been mistranslated to objectify women. As a wife, Lucy refused to take her husband’s name, becoming the first to do so in the nation, and leading to the moniker of “Lucy Stoner” to describe a woman who does just that! Lucy and her comrades were evolving from successful abolitionists to struggling suffragists. Their fight was ferocious, so come along for the ride! Suitable for all ages.
Judith Kalaora is a professional educator, actress, and living historian. She graduated Magna cum Laude from Syracuse University and holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Acting, along with a Bachelor of Arts in Spanish Language and Culture. She attended the Globe Education Program of Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre in London, England. Judith founded History At Play™ in 2010 to provide educational entertainment, chronicling the lives of influential and often forgotten women. Judith researches, writes, produces, and performs.
Sponsored by The Westford Cultural Council