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Slavery in New England? Postponed to Sunday, March 26 at 2:30

on 1/11/2017


We regret that we have had to reschedule this event due to bad weather. The new date and time will be Sunday, March 26 at 2:30.

What was life like for African-Americans who were enslaved in Colonial New England?  (There were also free African Americans who lived in the colonies.)

In observance of Black History Month, Holliston Historical Society will offer a free, illustrated talk entitled: “Northern Slavery in the Pre-Revolutionary Period:  the Royall House and Slave Quarters Medford.”  The program will be presented in the meeting room of the Asa Whiting House at

Vendors Welcome to 2017 Harvest Fair

on 2/9/2017

The 37th annual Holliston Historical Society Harvest Fair will take place on Sunday, September 24th, 2017.

The Holliston Historical Society, located on Route 16 in Holliston, Massachusetts, invites you to participate in our annual old fashioned Country Harvest Fair.  Every year people look forward to our annual antiques and crafts fair on the picturesque lawn of the Historical Society which is traditionally held in September.   Many buyers return to find their favorite crafters’ booths every year and enjoy the day at our fair. 

REGISTRATION FEE:  $60 if sent before June 1, 2017 - $75 per

Pot Luck & Football Party, January 14, 2017

on 1/3/2017

On Saturday evening the Holliston Historical Society will hold it's second annual Pot Luck and Football Party. The playoffs will be in full swing and our New England Patriots will be playing the Dolphins, the Steelers or the Texans, in Foxboro! So brush off the post holiday funk and go back into the kitchen to make an appetizer, an entree or a dessert. This event is open to members and their guests.  Please contact Sheila Adams at adamssjt1(at) to let us know what you are bringing.

The details are:

6 PM drinks and appetizers

7 PM Dinner

The footbal game will be on the TV for

A Revolution of Her Own: Deborah Samson Gannett - November 13 at 3:00 PM

on 10/25/2016

Join us on Sunday, November 13 at 3 PM to hear actress and historical interpreter, Judith Kalaora. In an hour-long program that is sure to captivate the audience, Ms. Kalaora will portray Deborah Samson Gannett (1762-1827), the first woman to enlist, fight in, and be honorably discharged from the American Military.

An indentured servant by age five, Deborah grew up in a man's world, where women were naught but second-class citizens.

Thank you for the Harvest Fair support!

on 9/27/2016

The Society would like to thank everyone who came out for our Harvest Fair on Sunday the 25th! We had a wonderful turn out and hope all the vendors and attendees had a great time. Special thanks to those business who, despite the winter kill and drought, generously donated apples so that we could make our famous (sold out!) apple pies:

Arcadian Farms, 200 Norfolk St, Holliston, MA 01746
Belkin Lookout Farm, 89 Pleasant St, Natick, MA 01760
Berlin Orchards, 310 Sawyerhill Rd., Berlin, MA 01503
Bolton Spring Farm, 149 Main St., Bolton, MA 01740
Dowse Orchards, 98 North Main St., Sherborn, MA

The Holliston Historical Society Library will be open on Sunday March 12, 2017 from 2-4 pm.  The library is open on the 2nd Sunday of the month from September to June.  The library is also open by appointment by contacting the librarian at  The library is open to HHS members and non-members alike and is located on the second floor of the Historical Society house (Col. Asa Whiting house).  It contains many valuable resources that are not available elsewhere.