Townsend Historical Society Hosts Two Tour Events
Tours of the Reed Homestead
Townsend Historical Society celebrates autumn with its annual fall Open House at the Reed Homestead, 72 Main St., Townsend, Sunday, Oct. 25, from 1-4 PM.
Oliver Reed, a tanner from Westford, built the house in 1809. He moved in with his new bride, Letty, and he operated his tannery in the side yard. Four generations of the family lived in the house, leaving behind their stories and artifacts from their changing times.
Tours of the historic Reed house will be offered, including the beautiful mural room, painted by itinerant artist Rufus Porter, c. 1835, on the second floor. Largely unchanged since the early nineteenth century, the house is rich with the history of the town and the family that owned it until 1973. The Homestead is a historical treasure, right here in Townsend.
The public is invited to visit, tour, and enjoy a warm fire in the hearth along with cider and homemade cookies.
Open House is free to the public. For more info, contact Townsend Historical Society 978-597-2106.
A Walking Tour of West Village
Townsend Historical Society offers "A Very Pleasant Place," A Walking Tour of West Village Saturday, Oct. 17, 10:30 a.m. Explore a noted historic village, this time West Townsend. Hailed in 1846 by John Hayward as "the site of considerable trade with the surrounding county," Townsend's West Village was a microcosm of rural community life in the nineteenth century.
Architectural Historian Ryan D. Hayward of the Medford-based Preservation Collaborative, Inc. will lead a 90-minute in depth journey extending from the commercial center along a couple of adjacent residential streets. Meet at the cemetery on Dudley Rd. Dress casually,comfortable walking shoes.
The tour is approximately a one-mile loop. All are welcome, space is limited. Cost $12 per adult, Townsend Historical Society members free. Memberships available that morning. Program is partially funded by Townsend Cultural Council, a local agency supported by MA Cultural Council, a state agency. For more info contact the Society at 978-597-2106, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.