Wakefield, Massachusetts History Online
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Support the WHS by becoming a member. Memberships are available for $20 per household or $15 per individual, by sending a check to the Wakefield Historical Society, P.O. Box 1902, Wakefield. Download a membership form.

Help us!

Last year, due to expenses at the Museum, the Historical Society had at $5,000 shortfall. We are a small volunteer nonprofit organization struggling to make ends meet. We need donations to help us with utilities and other expenses. Any donation would be greatly appreciated!

To facilitate the membership process, you can join the Historical Society or make a donation toward the upkeep of the museum and collections via a PayPal payment,

The Wakefield Historical Society is a 501 (c)3 nonprofit organization. Donations are tax deductible.


Add to our collections.

If you have objects that you believe should be preserved as part of Wakefield Historical Society's collection, contact us! We'll be glad to talk to you.

(781-246-3070) or email here

For news of the Historical Society, Commission or Museum, visit us on Facebook!.


New! Take our self-guided Downtown Walking Tour, debuting 9/24/16


Upcoming Event:

Twilight Tour of the Old Burying Ground. October 28th, 5:30 p.m. Click here for more details.


The Wakefield Wicker Exhibit is in place, and museum open dates are being scheduled. Watch here for more details.


Our new exhibit, "Wakefield Wicker" will debut on September 24th.

Click here if you would like to visit the museum by appointment


NEW: Historical Commission historic home date markers, information here.

Overview of Wakefield's history here . Email us here.


* Information about our Museum

* About the Wakefield Historical Society


Take our online Lakeside Tour!

Click here for the link!

Take our Walking Tour of Church/Prospect Streets.


* Annual Events: Twilight Tour of the Old Burying Ground, last Friday in October, 5:30 p.m.


Join our email list by sending us an email here, contact us.


The Wakefield Historical Society is seeking volunteers!

Would you like to donate two hours per month to help at the museum? Email wakefieldhistory@gmail.org.


Board members needed!

If you'd like to be considered for a place on the Board, email wakefieldhistory@gmail.com with a letter of interest.




These are research opportunities for those seeking information about their properties, families, or the town.

The Museum is open for visits.

To arrange a special tour for a school group, scout group or other group of interested individuals, send us an email or call 781-246-3070.


Wakefield Historical Society NEWS

Recent acquisitions:

A collection of Arrowheads found at the Wakefield/Reading line.

The EE Boit Home sign and photographs of Miss Boit.

A nineteenth century engraving of President Lincoln

(see our facebook page for more information about acquisitions.)

The Wakefield Historical Society recently received a grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council to aid in the preservation of a historic painting.

On Pond Lane is attributed to listed artist Henry Cheever Pratt, whose work is also on display at the Peabody Essex Museum and the Boston Athenaeum. The painting, above, shows Lake Quannapowitt and lakeside circa 1870.

Want news of the Historical Society's activities and information? Join our email-list. Send an email here.

Visit the Wakefield Historical Commission website.