Programs and Events

2021 Schedule

Unless otherwise noted, all events are free to the General Public. In lieu of a fee, the Society asks you to join or donate instead and help us grow our organization. Please check back often as events are subject to change.

Spring Events:

Note we have not yet established a spring schedule. Please check back later for additional programs and offerings.

Reed Homestead Museum Weekend Hours

Please note that the all tours require pre-registration. Ticketing information will be available starting April 1. Tickets for this program may be found by clicking here!

Saturday, May 1, June 5, July 10, and August 14 – Reed Homestead, 72 Main Street in Townsend Harbor.  9AM-1PM

The Reed House will once again be open for select Saturdays throughout the summer for archival access and tours. If you have yet to come or have not visited in a while, we have updated the tour and put out new artifacts for you to see. The dates are: May 1, June 5, July 10 and August 14 from 9AM – 1PM. Tours will be about an hour long. Registration is required (4 slots each day…starting on the hour). Be sure to look for our call for tickets. We regularly update this website and our social media.

Summer Events:

The Spaulding Grist Mill on South Street in Townsend Harbor.
Grist Mill Weekend Hours

Please note that the all tours require pre-registration. Ticketing information will be available starting April 1. Tickets for this program may be found by clicking here!

Saturday, June 5 and July 10 – Spaulding Grist Mill in Townsend Harbor, 1PM to 3PM. Tours on the Half Hour.

New this year, the Townsend Historical Society will be offering brief walkthroughs of our mill properties. The Spaulding Grist Mill is one of the few nineteenth century industrial buildings to maintain most of its original workings. The building was recently cleaned from top to bottom by volunteers and is now available for tours. Come see the equipment and learn about how the structure was used. Registration will be required. Tours will be on the half-hour (4 slots total). You can conclude your tour by visiting the adjacent Cooperage. Over two centuries old, the building is rented to Home at the Cooperage, an assemblage of antique vendors. Be sure to see the six-sided fireplace within while you shop.

*Masks are required for in person events. No exceptions. Participants will be expected to social distance.

Fall Events:

A scene from the 38th annual Arts and Craft Fair. Note that this year’s event has gone virtual to support our mission and our dedicated vendors. Their unique offerings are not to be missed in this year’s online only event throughout September.
40th Annual Fall Arts and Craft Fair ***Note this event is Virtual***

Ongoing throughout September, 2021

The Townsend Historical Society is working hard to develop a virtual arts and craft fair to take place throughout the month of September to support our mission and help our devoted vendors. The fair has been an annual fall favorite and we hope to move the event online in order to continue to tradition of bringing your the work of talented artists and crafters. In the past, we’ve had over fifty-five vendors and we hope to make this year bigger, better, and safe for all. Let’s be sure to save the date and get the word out. Just remember, the vendor’s unique offerings make great gifts for the holidays.

Virtually Vintage: A Live, Online Antique Appraisal Event ***Note this event is Virtual***
Wayne Tuiskula of Central Mass Auctions will be once again
joining us for Virtually Vintage on November 13th (Note the date change).

Saturday, November 13, 2021 – Virtual Presentation via Zoom and Live Streamed on Facebook. 10AM

The Townsend Historical Society is excited to be bringing back one of our most popular programs! On Saturday, November 13 from 10:00 – 1:00, the Townsend Historical Society will be hosting “Virtually Vintage: A Live, Online Antique Appraisal Event”.

We’re thrilled to be partnering once again with Wayne Tuiskula of Central Mass Auctions, Inc. Mr. Tuiskula brings three decades of professional appraisal experience, has been awarded the General Personal Property Appraiser designation from the National Auctioneers Association, and has even appeared on PBS’s “Antiques Roadshow”, which in appraisal terms makes him a sort of combination of The Beatles and Indiana Jones! If you’d like to learn more about Mr. Tuiskula’s adventures in antique appraisal and about the outstanding Central Mass Auctions, Inc., you can follow this link to their website:

We’re inviting members and friends to join in the fun by purchasing tickets online through a simple website called Eventbrite. We’ll post the link to get involved during the first week of August so please check back soon!
The cost is $10.00 per item to be appraised or three items for $25.00. The option to purchase tickets for second and third items should be available during the online ticketing process on the Eventbrite website under “Add-ons”.

Townsend Historical Society Fall Open House and Encampment

Saturday, October 2 – Reed House, 72 Main Street in Townsend Harbor. 10 AM—4 PM.

Please join the Townsend Historical Society as we welcome the Stow and Townsend Minutemen companies for a Saturday step back into the American Revolution. The Reed homestead will come alive with the sights and smells of the 18th century. There will be musket demonstration and drills, hearth cooking and hands on crafts. New this year, a number of additional artisans and craftsman (and women) will be on hand to demonstrate historic crafts and a few will be selling wares. Be sure not to miss this exciting opportunity to connect with our rich local history.

Members of the local militia being trained in the military arts on the grounds of the Reed Homestead. This year’s encampment will feature more artisans and crafters.

Winter Events:

Townsend Historical Society Annual Meeting and Program

Sunday, November 7 – Virtual Presentation via Zoom and Live Streamed on Facebook . 2 PM.

Be ready to hear about the full range of activities the Society accomplished throughout the year. This will be followed by a presentation by Townsend native Bill Pavao who will be sharing his experiences as curator of Maplecroft Mansion, the home of Lizzie Borden. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear about one of New England’s most famous individuals.

Townsend Historical Society Holiday Open House

Sunday, December 5 – Reed House, 72 Main Street in Townsend Harbor 11 AM—4 PM.

You’re invited to partake in merriment during this festive gathering. Christmas cookies and punch will be served. Decorations in seasonal spirit will be set to liven the mood. Tours are provided to help you step back in time and escape the holiday rush. See you there!

The Great Snowstorm of 1717 buried New England in several feet of snow. We’ll hope for a light dusting to make our Holiday Open House magical and festive.