History

Rumford Birthplace Museum, 90 Elm St, Woburn

“To Render Dwelling-houses more Comfortable” - Sunday, May 22, at the Rumford Musuem in Woburn

Sun, 05/22/2016 - 1:00pm

 At the end of Elm St in North Woburn, in the Baldwin Historic District, stands a red farmhouse built in 1714. On March 26, 1753, this modest home became the birthplace of one of Woburn’s most famous citizens, Benjamin Thompson, later Count Rumford: soldier, statesman, inventor, and scientist.

One of Sir Benjamin Thompson’s most popular inventions was the Rumford Fireplace. The poorly designed fireplaces of the time wasted heat and produced dense clouds of smoke.

Red Bridge at back of Horn Pond Lagoon

WREN presents "Horn Pond Out Back" on Sunday, May 15 & Thursday, May 19

Sat, 05/14/2016 - 12:13pm

Have you walked Horn Pond and wondered what was out in back of the Lagoon but were afraid to take that dirt road for fear of getting lost? Then come along on this free and open to the public walk on Sunday, May 15th at 9:00 am and on Thursday, May 19th at 4:00 pm. The Thursday program has a rain date of Friday, May 20th at 4:00 pm. Both walks will begin at Ice House Park on Sturgis Street.

Woburn Public Library

The Woburn Public Library (45 Pleasant St.) is once again putting together an intriguing presentation for the community. Come learn about the history of women in the Boston Police Department on Sunday, March 10th! 

This presentation will feature guest speakers including Dr. Kim L. Gaddy, a Sergeant Detective with the Boston P.D. and Margaret R. Sullivan, the Records Manager and Archivist for the Boston P.D. 

They will address the first 50 years of women in the police force starting with the history of women gaining the right to vote followed by how the Boston Police Department was rebuilt after the strike of 1919. 

Doors will open at 1:45 pm and the presentation will begin at 2:00 pm. Light refreshments will also be served.

Woburn Historical Society logo

Don't miss out on this free event! The Woburn Historical Society is offering trolley tours of Woodbrook Cemetery on Sunday, September 23 starting at 11:00am. Spend the afternoon learning about Woburn's Civil War veterans. This event is sponsored by Bill Sullivan of Edward Jones Financial Services and John and Kathy Flaherty. For more information on this event and departure times for the trolley, click here.
Updated information: The tours will now begin and end in front of the Woburn High School. Parking is available at the Montvale Avenue Entrance. There will be a check-in table at the front door of the high school. The tours will run for 1 1/2 hours.