Celebrating the 150th Anniversary of re-naming the town of South Reading in honor of Cyrus Wakefield!

Join us for our first-ever Holiday Open House and Boutique on Saturday, December 1st from noon to 2:00 p.m.  We will be selling donated and de-accessioned Wakefield historical artifacts.  Great gifts for the Wakefield history lover on your list!  A very special gift for 2018 would be the 150-year old Commemorative Book published on the Town’s taking the name Wakefield in 1868.  Copies of the handsomely bound 6×9″, 100-page book will sold at our Holiday Boutique!

Seasonal Reading:  Winter in South Reading, 1858-1859

Some insights on the history of the First Baptist Church, lost to fire 10/23/18.

This is the home page of the Wakefield Historical Society, but we also share information about the Historical Commission and offer other information about the history of our town.

An Old Burying Ground mapping/preservation day will be scheduled for a date in November.   The work at the BG is ongoing and anyone can help out.  (See the Old Burying Ground Preservation page or more detail.)  For information on Museum Open house, see our schedule.


*NEW:  Check out our historical society news 9.18 rev

*To join our mailing list, or to have the newsletter emailed to you, please contact us.

*Historic Homeowner Signage Program – visit the Wakefield Historical Commission‘s site.    There you will find a link to the necessary form.


*Visit our site “Wakefield Historical Society News”  (https://wakefieldhistory.wordpress.com) for inks to our Historic Wakefield Tours — you can follow the tour as a walking tour onsite on your cellphone or tablet, or you can opt to enjoy them while seated comfortably at your computer.

*To see Wakefield’s history on WCVB’s CHRONICLE program, and hear the story of how the town got its name, click here.

*To send us an email, click here.

*Join us!  Help us in our mission of preserving the town’s history and heritage!   Download the membership form by clicking on this link..

*To learn more about us, visit our Facebook page.

*NEW:  Watch the video history of the Hartshorne House.

*In the mood for a murder mystery?  You’ll enjoy this story of the murder of a Civil War soldier from South Reading.

We’ll be growing the site quickly.  Check back with us to find information about the town’s historic sites, people and our collections.