Programs and Events

2022 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:

Spring Program – White Stars, Black Sea: A Titanic Retrospective with Local Historian Will Kindler

Friday, April 29 – Townsend United Methodist Church at 265 Main Street in Townsend Center. 7 PM.

April marks the 110th anniversary of the fateful voyage of the Titanic. The Townsend Historical Society welcomes you to join for local historian Will Kindler’s “White Stars, Black Sea: A Titanic Retrospective”, featuring actual artifacts from the disaster and a fascinating presentation including rare stories and even some newly-uncovered historical connections between the Titanic and the people of Townsend.

The event is free, and we’ll be meeting at 7:00 P.M. on April 29th at Townsend’s United Methodist Church at 265 Main Street.

We will post the Zoom stream link the day of the event. Please click here to view the Zoom. The event is open to the general public but note that all individuals will be muted until question and answer sessions at the end of the talk.

We’ll also have a live stream of the event you can tune into on the Society’s main Facebook page here:

A postcard of the RMS Titanic out on the Atlantic Ocean.

Summer Events:

Reed Homestead Museum Weekend Hours

Please note that we have returned to drop-in hours. Registration is not required but please reach out in advance if you plan to come with a group of four or more.

Saturday, May 7, June 4, July 16, and August 20 – Reed Homestead, 72 Main Street in Townsend Harbor.  9AM-1PM. $5/person; $20/family donation suggested.

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 7, June 4, July 16 and August 20 from 9AM – 1PM. Tours will be about an hour long and leave on the hour. We will add additional tours on the half hour if we have the docent coverage. We regularly update this website and our social media so be on the lookout for any changes.

*Masks are recommended, but not required for this in person event. Visitors are reminded to be respectful of personal preference.

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

Similar to the museum tours above, the Grist Mill tours are now drop in on the half hour. Registration is not required but please reach out if you plan to show up with a group of four or more.

Saturday, June 4, 9AM – 3PM and July 16, 1PM – 3PM – Spaulding Grist Mill in Townsend Harbor, Tours on the Half Hour.

The Townsend Historical Society will once again be offering a brief walk through 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. 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 recommended, but not required for this in person event. Visitors are reminded to be respectful of personal preference.

Fall Events:

A scene from the 39th annual Arts and Craft Fair. We look forward to being on the historic Townsend Common once again in September.
41st Annual Fall Arts and Craft Fair

September 17 9 AM-4 PM and 18, 10 AM-4 PM on Townsend Common in Townsend Center.

We’re back! Save the date and prepare to come partake in our triumphant return. Support our annual fundraiser by attending the Arts and Craft Fair. The Common will transform into a marketplace filled with colorful and creative works by talented artists and crafters. We anticipate over fifty-five vendors, more music, food and fun. This event is great for all ages so please be sure to bring the family. We will have our usual petting zoo, fudge and face painting booths. Spread the word and we’ll look forward to seeing you in the fall!

Townsend Historical Society Fall Open House and Encampment

Saturday, October 1 – Reed House, 72 Main Street in Townsend Harbor. 9AM—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. Similar to last year, there will be a number of artisans and craftsman (and women) on hand to demonstrate historic crafts. A few will be selling their 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 6. Location TBD and live streamed on Facebook and via Zoom. 2PM.

The Annual Meeting of the Townsend Historical Society will kick off with Officer Reports and a summary of our organization’s accomplishments over the past year. Save the date as this will be a milestone year filled with exciting updates.

Our program will focus on Lydia Maria Child and her long list of accomplishments. Check back later in the year for a detailed summary of our program. You can join us in person, or virtually if you’re not able to make it in person.

Townsend Historical Society Holiday Open House

Sunday, December 4 – Reed House, 72 Main Street in Townsend Harbor 9 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.

Archive of Past Events

For an archive of past events, please click here!