Last Train to Harwich

After ten years, the Museum’s popular HO model railroad exhibit showing Harwich and the neighboring towns of Orleans and Brewster, has come down. Built by members of the Nauset Model Railroad Club of Orleans, the layout’s trains operated for the last time in December of 2018. The exhibit is currently on the second floor of…

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Landmarks Officer

Sara Chase with 1835 plaque

Harwich is rich in old homes – some elegant and some humble.  As buildable lots become ever scarcer, too many of these buildings are threatened by the wrecker’s ball. The Landmarks Officer’s principal responsibility is to support an owner of a home that is at least 100 year old in documenting its history. After a…

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Generous Donations Add to Collections

Emily Lindberg and Jeannette Louth donate a painting

Perhaps two of our most important local acquisitions are the Paine papers and the Brooks papers which are being digitalized and made available for research. These papers include much important local information, including rare Indian deeds, including this one shown from the late 1600s. More recently the historical society has been gifted with paintings and…

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Warning! May be addictive!

When a friend suggested that I volunteer as a docent at Brooks Academy Museum a number of years ago, I agreed thinking it would be an agreeable way to pass a summer afternoon. It was certainly that, but so much more. As a wash-a-shore, I wanted to learn many things in order to answer visitors’…

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