Wakefield Heritage Day

Saturday, September 28th


Our 140th season of events and activities begins on our annual Wakefield Heritage Day, a celebration of Wakefield’s rich and diverse history.

This year, we will celebrate the 375 anniversary of the original establishment of our town.  


Wakefield History Museum Open House: 9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

While at the Museum, visit Wakefield Historical Society Gift Shop at the Museum.  Featuring antique items and books de-accessioned from the Collection because of space needs.

Fall Mums and Pumpkin Farm Stand

               Bring some fall color to your home — and help support our Museum!

Shoemaking demonstration, 11:00 – 1:00

With visiting ‘Saboteuse‘ Sarah Guerin


“White Coopering” demonstration

With historical craftsman David Workman, fabricating wooden yokes, dolls and bowls.

Historic Costumed Visitors

Trolley Tours of Historic Wakefield.


10:00, 11:00, 12:00, $15 per person for 45-minute narrated trolley tour on a           comfortable Old Town Trolley.  The history of the town will come to life through the stories of the buildings that you pass every day!  Reservations strongly recommended.  (Space is limited!  1:00 p.m. trolley might be scheduled if there is a demand.)  To visit the reservation page, click here.  All proceeds support the utilities at our historic Museum at the 1847 West Ward Schoolhouse.

Tour of the historic First Parish Congregational Church building,

1 Church Street.  Complements of our friends and neighbors who are also celebrating their 375th anniversary, the First Parish Congregational Church.  View the sanctuary and beautiful stained glass windows of the storied church building whose history begins with the history of the town.  Two tours will be offered.  The 12:00 noon tour will be offered by Church historian Christopher Hurren; the 2:00 p.m. tour will be given by pastor Rev. John Dale.  The church organist, Don Hodgkins, will offer some insights into the history of the magnificent church organ.  All are welcome to attend!

Colonel James Hartshorne House Open House!  1 p.m. – 3 p.m.            Take a leisurely walk through the Hartshorne House to discover its unique architectural features.  41 Church Street.

Open hours at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 5 Bryant Street, 1 p.m. – 3p.m.  The beautiful church building, which features two Tiffany stained glass windows and a historic interior, will welcome visitors.  The congregation will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2020.  Courtesy of the congregation and the Reverend Matthew Cadwell.

Tiffany Vine window

Tiffany window at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church.

A Revolution of Her Own, Deborah Samson (Sampson), A Special dramatic presentation Americal Civic Center, 465 Main Street, 3:00 p.m.

History At Play-Vincent Morreale Photography-2

Vincent Morreale Photography

Learn the fascinating story of the first woman to enlist, to fight, and to be honorably discharged from the American Military.  Audiences have been captivated audiences by this hour-long program chronicling her life. Experience Deborah Sampson’s arduous upbringing, one and a half years of active combat, and success as the first female professional soldier, through interactive stories and authentic colonial attire. Deborah’s passion will take you back in time.  For Tickets and reservations click here.  Any proceeds will defray costs of utilities for our historic Museum building.

Linden Tree Coffeehouse at the historic Unitarian Universalist Church, 326 Main Street.  

Visit the historic Unitarian Universalist Church, 326 Main Street, for the Linden Tree Coffeehouse’s season debut:  Jez Lowe.  Show is at 8:00 p.m., doors open at 7:30 p.m.  Reservations and information, visit lindentreecoffeehouse.org.


We invite you to spend the day in historic Wakefield — there’s so much to see and do!  Celebrate our old town on Wakefield Heritage Day!

For more information, email wakefieldhistory@gmail.com or call 781-246-3070.