pastel portrait of Gov. John D Long

Help Save the Portrait of Govenor Long!

Before John D. Long was Secretary of the Navy, before he served as Governor of Massashusetts, before he was involved with law and politics, the new Harvard graduate was a teacher at Westford Academy. In September of 1857, John D. Long came to Westford…

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Spinners get warm in the Museum

The Museum was packed with spinners and their wheels. Last Sunday, 30 spinners from around the region gathered at the Westford Museum to celebrate St. Distaff Day, a traditional day of spinning following the holidays. The event was social, with partici…

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Button, Button, Who’s Got the Button?

Some time ago, members of the Atwood family donated a small collection of buttons to the Westford Museum. Penny Lacroix, Museum Director, sent the buttons to the Keep Homestead Museum in Monson, MA for appraisal and recommendations for their preservati…

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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…

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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….

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photo of Franklin Trask

What happened to the Lake Shore Theatre?

Mural-sized painting of Nabnasset Country Club, ca. 1930 W.2017.24.1 Photo by Rich McLaughlin We’ve been hearing lots about the Lake Shore Theatre in Nabnasset. It was run by Franklin Trask for 3 summers from 1934 to 1936. Trask had originally come to…

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Photo of 4 Graniteville Road before restoration

Atwood/Millet/James House Tour photos

The old Atwood Family safe The old Atwood Family safe still sits under the stairs at 4 Graniteville Road. Thank you to all who came to experience the beautiful restoration of this Westford Center home and supported the Westford Historical Society! If y…

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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…

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Photo of Graniteville Exhibit
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 communi…

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