The Acton Historical Society works to discover, preserve and share facts and artifacts from the rich history of Acton, Massachusetts with the hope of spreading enthusiasm for and knowledge of our town. Come visit us or contact us to share your own stories of Acton and its people. We look forward to hearing from you.
On Our Blog
Our most recent blog post showcases a collection of photos of workers from Hall Brothers' wooden ware company as well as pictures that apparently came from a branch of the Beach family.
February's blog post discusses Francis Skinner (1797-1865) who grew up in Acton and went off to live a very different life in Boston. Our interest in the Skinner family is explained in a blog post about our acquisition of an 1834 letter written about Sarah (Faulkner) Skinner who went blind in her later years. We were able to uncover a surprising amount about her and her family.
In 2018, we explored dances in Acton, the New England Sawmill Unit, Acton baseball, schoolhouse construction and maintenance in the town's earlier days, ice harvesting, and the stories of Acton residents Clara (Hapgood) Nash, Daniel Scarlett, John Oliver, and Rev. James T. Woodbury.
There's plenty to discover on the blog; check it out!
Goats at the Hosmer House
As part of a larger project to improve the landscaping around the Hosmer House, the Acton Historical Society was visited this fall by a crew of four goats. Their "goatscaping" work was the subject of a recent video produced by Acton TV featuring AHS co-president Bill Klauer.