Historical Societies

Plymouth Antiquarian Society
126 Water Street
Plymouth , MA
Phone: 508-746-0012

Plymouth Antiquarian Society

The Plymouth Antiquarian Society, founded in 1919, is Plymouth's largest organization dedicated to preserving historic houses and landmarks. The Society owns and maintains three historic houses from different centuries: the 1677 Harlow House, the 1749 Spooner House, and the 1809 Hedge House, and an ancient Native American site, Sacrifice Rock. Read more about Plymouth Antiquarian Society

Jones River Village Historical Society
50 Landing Road
Kingston , MA
Phone: 774-454-4699

Jones River Village Historical Society

The Jones River Village Historical Society works to collect, preserve and educate the public about the history of the town of Kingston. It makes its collections accessible through exhibition, research assistance and educational programs and lectures. It also preserves, protects and maintains the Society's headquarters, the Major John Bradford Homestead. Read more about Jones River Village Historical Society

Scituate Historical Society at the Kathleen Laidlaw Center
43 Cudworth Road
Scituate , MA
Phone: 781-545-1083

Scituate Historical Society

The Scituate Historical Society is dedicated to the preservation of local historical sites and the education of young and old alike. They are headquartered at  the Kathleen Laidlaw Center, also known as "The Little Red School House", which was purchased from the Town of Scituate in 1984 for $1. This building houses the Society's genealogical and historical library, administrative center, archives and a gift shop. Read more about Scituate Historical Society

General Society of Mayflower Descendants Plymouth MA
Mayflower Society House
4 Winslow Street
Plymouth , MA
Phone: 508-746-3188

General Society of Mayflower Descendants

Founded in 1897, The Mayflower Society, or General Society of Mayflower Descendants (GSMD), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Our national headquarters is on the campus of the historic Mayflower Society House in downtown Plymouth, Massachusetts. Membership requires proof of lineage from one of the passengers who traveled to America on the Mayflower in 1620. Read more about General Society of Mayflower Descendants

Middleborough Historical Association & Museum
18 Jackson Street
Middleborough , MA
Phone: 781-361-1427

Middleborough Historical Association & Museum

Middleborough Historical Museum – “Going Forward With The Past” Located in downtown Middleboro, we are home to one of the country's largest collections of Tom Thumb memorabilia, as well as an extensive collection of unique period artifacts displayed within two 1820 mill houses, the West Side Whistle House, the Judge Wilkes Wood Law Office, the Sproat Tavern Outhouse, and an authentic 19th century blacksmith shop and carriage house.

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Historic Winslow House Marshfield MA
The Historic Winslow House
634 Careswell Street
Marshfield , MA
Phone: 781-837-5753

The Historic Winslow House

The Isaac Winslow House was built circa 1699 for the Hon. Isaac Winslow (1671–1738) at the place named “Careswell” after their family home “Kerswell” in Worcestershire, England. This was the third house built on land granted to Gov. Edward Winslow (1595–1655) in the 1630s who erected the first homestead. Read more about The Historic Winslow House

Plymouth Cordage Company Museum
10 Cordage Park Circle
Plymouth , MA
Phone: 508-746-7707

Plymouth Cordage Historical Society

The Plymouth Cordage Society is aimed at preserving the history of the Plymouth Cordage Company, once the largest rope-making company in the world and the Town of Plymouth's largest employer. A small museum of archives and artifacts is maintained at Cordage Park in North Plymouth. The Museum can be accessed through the tower entrance. Meetings are held at the Museum in Mill #1 on the second Wednesday of the month at 5:30pm (excluding July and August) Read more about Plymouth Cordage Historical Society

The Preservation Society of Newport County
424 Bellevue Avenue
Newport , RI
Phone: 401-847-1000

Newport Mansions

The Breakers And The Elms Are Open! The Breakers is now open seven days a week from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with the last tour admission at 5 p.m. The Elms will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. every day with a final tour admission at 4 p.m. Read more about Newport Mansions

Back Roads of the South Shore Plymouth County MA
Back Roads of the South Shore

Back Roads of the South Shore

Backroads of the South Shore is a collaboration of historical organizations operating important historic sites in many towns along the South Shore of Massachusetts. The group is dedicated to creating an awareness of the area’s historic gems and celebrating the heritage and spirit of the region. The Aldens and Adamses, Winslows and Bradfords, Stetsons and Westons, Howlands and Harlows … are families of the old South Shore whose stories represent the settlement of the “Old Colony” of Plymouth in Massachusetts. Enjoy picturesque Early American houses where founding families made their homes. Read more about Back Roads of the South Shore

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Norwell Historical Society
4 Jacobs Lane
Norwell , MA
Phone: 781-659-1888

Norwell Historical Society

The Jacobs Farmhouse is considered Society Headquarters and is located at 4 Jacobs Lane in Norwell.  The house was originally built in 1726.  Members of the Jacobs family lived in the house continuously until 1939 when it was given to the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (today called Historic New England).   The Norwell Historical Society oversees the museum on the right Read more about Norwell Historical Society

Hingham Historical Society
34 Main Street
Hingham , MA
Phone: 781-749-7721

Hingham Historical Society

(Due to the state of emergency in Massachusetts regarding coronavirus (COVID-19) the Hingham Historical Society will be closed through August 15 but are offering public online tours)
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