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.

Wakefield Heritage Day.  Thanks to all who came out to see us during Wakefield Heritage Day, scheduled annually for the last Saturday in September, and for those who came out to help preserve the Old Burying Ground on October 7th.  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: Twilight Tour of the Old Burying Ground, October 27th, 5:30 p.m.

*NEW:  View our latest newsletter:  WHSNewsFall17

*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.

*To join us, click on historical-society-membership-form-16.

*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.