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.

Fall Events:

40th Annual Fall Arts and Craft Fair ***Note this event is Virtual***

Ongoing throughout September, 2021 – Click here to drop over to our digital common for this year’s event!

The Townsend Historical Society is pleased to announce that beginning September 1, the Arts and Craft Fair will be available online! While we will miss seeing you, drop on by our digital common to see all the vendors and the great items they are selling. You’ll see the same quality handiwork and some great ideas for gifts. Let’s not forget the holiday season will be upon us soon enough. Please share the link for this dedicated marketplace which can be found at We look forward to seeing you back in person next year!

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.
A Silent Raffle for Preservation ***Note this event is Virtual***

Ongoing throughout September, 2021 – Click here to drop over to our Arts and Craft Fair. The raffle is at the bottom of the page.

Coinciding with the Virtual Arts and Craft Fair, the Townsend Historical Society is running a silent auction with donations from the vendors who are participating this year. We are extremely thankful for their donations. All the proceeds of the auction will support work on the Historical Society’s buildings. Please be sure to visit the website and click on the silent auction link to see all the wonderful gifts available Tickets will be through Eventbrite and offered for $1 in increments of $1, $5, $10, and $20. The winners will be announced on the last day of the month, September 30th. Goodluck and let the competition begin!

Seasonal Cleanup at the Reed Homestead

Saturday, September 18 – Reed House, 72 Main Street in Townsend Harbor. 9AM – 3PM.

It is once again time to reclaim the yard from summer growth which has come forth from the ground! Bring clippers, cutting implements, gloves, and a strong work ethic and help us clear all the greenery in our back and side spaces. We anticipate once again clearing down to Minnie’s Brook and the Harbor Pond to keep our lands clear of invasive plants. All debris will be stacked and burned over the winter. If interested, please give us a call at 978-597-2106 or send an email to let us know you’ll be dropping by. Many hands make light work. We’re certain with a little bit of effort, we can keep our historic landscape open so that all who visit the museum grounds can appreciate this wonderful landmark.

Member’s Meeting – Building Project Updates and Approvals ***Note this event is Virtual***

Wednesday, September 22 via Zoom at 7PM.

Zoom Link to follow and will be posted here and around our website.

Join President Ryan D. Hayward and the Board of Directors for an overview of the Society’s buildings, their condition, necessary work, and proposals for restoration and maintenance. We are seeking member feedback and approval for work on both the Spaulding Cooperage and the Harbor Church. We will discuss the merits of each project and come out with a clear path for next steps. We request your presence and support to hear the overview, proposals, and provide input. Information will be made available in draft format by clicking our news. We encourage review of the materials and comment in advance of the meeting. Zoom information will be posted for ease of access. For our members without Zoom access, we are working to have a central streaming location. We look forward to seeing you virtually!

Townsend Historical Society Fall Open House and Encampment

Saturday, October 2 – Reed House, 72 Main Street in Townsend Harbor. 9AM—5 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.

Signup is encouraged via Eventbrite by clicking the link here. Walk-ins are always welcome but we are attempting to maintain social distancing. Masks are required for all indoor tours and activities.

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.

Please click here to join us via Zoom!

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.

Then we’re excited to turn the microphone over to our featured speaker, Townsend native Bill Pavao. Bill had the chance to be curator of the Lizzie Borden Bed & Breakfast/Museum from 1998-2004 and of Lizzie Borden’s post-trial home, Maplecroft, from 2015 -2016. Bill will present the story of the Borden family, the 1892 murders, Lizzie’s trial, and her life following her acquittal.

Please click here for the complete program list, minutes, and more!

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.

Archive of Past Events

For an archive of past events, please click here!