The Duxbury Rural & Historical Society


“Re-imagining Bradford” – Join us in the Project

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  Re-imagine Bradford: The Bradford House Project Duxbury Rural & Historical Society For more information on this exciting project, please visit the link below: 

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2016 Croquet Tournament

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Congratulations to all our 2016 Croquet Tournament players, and thank you to those who joined us to cheer on the sport. A special thank you to this year’s event Co-Chairs, Regan Peterman & Ed Quinones. This Year’s Awards Go To: Best Dressed Team: “Shark Bites” Chris & Jaime Kullak; Pat & Kelsey Leahy.   Best […]

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Clark’s Island Picnic 2016


The annual DRHS Clark’s Island Picnic was held on Sunday, July 24 at the DRHS property on Clark’s Island in Plymouth Bay. This year’s featured speaker was Richard Pickering, Deputy Executive Director of Plimoth Plantation. His presentation, including a transformation into Pilgrim William Brewster, was a fantastic treat, enjoyed by the record crowds gathered on […]

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Croquet Tournament Tickets on Sale July 1

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  Friday, July 1, Croquet Tournament Tickets On Sale! Will you be the next Weston Cup Champions? Registration opens July 1 thru our website or office. Go to:  

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DRHS Survey – Tell Us What You Think!


DRHS wants to check in with you. Tell us what you think! The DRHS is working hard every day to foster an environment of inclusiveness, engagement and relevance to our community. We encourage all people, all ages, all levels of knowledge of the DRHS to take the survey and let us know their thoughts. You […]

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May is Preservation Month: #ThisPlaceMatters


Bradford House: 4 remarkable daughters and a story worth telling. Women’s history, social history, transcendentalism, social movements,‪#‎CivilWar‬ nursing, vegetarianism, alternative medicines.‪#‎ThisPlaceMatters‬ Time to ‪#‎ReimagineBradford‬! #‎ThisPlaceMatters‬ is national campaign (National Trust for Historic Preservation) that encourages people to celebrate the places that are meaningful to them and to their communities. Ready to tell the world about a […]

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QUEST Program Now Available in Duxbury: King Caesar House


QUEST Program Available in Duxbury: King Caesar House & Nathaniel Winsor, Jr. House. South Shore Quests is a non-profit organization formed in 1998 to encourage awareness and appreciation of South Shore landscapes and historic sites. Questing involves using a map and hints to locate a hidden quest box containing a stamp or guest log. All […]

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2016 Volunteer Recognition Awards

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In addition to the staff of the DRHS, hundreds of volunteers make our efforts possible. Volunteers transcribe diaries, make minor repairs on the houses, work as interns and summer tour guides, oversee rentals on our properties, provide food for events, work in the gardens and on the lands committee, publish books, supervise collections and acquisitions, […]

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February is #BlackHistoryMonth


February is #BlackHistoryMonth: On March 29, 1844 the Anti-Slavery lecturer C. Lenox Remond came to Duxbury to speak. That evening he stayed with the Bradford family in their home at 931 Tremont Street (our Bradford House museum). Charles Lenox Remond (1810-1873) was born in Salem, MA and spoke out against slavery across the Northeast and […]

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Gift Package Now Available

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Give a “piece of local history” with a Duxbury Rural & Historical Society Gift Package. Specially priced at $70, this package includes the hardcover book, Duxbury…Past and Present and a 1-year family membership to the DRHS. The gift will be wrapped in our very own Duxbury-themed paper. Gift packages can be purchased at our online store: You can […]

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Treasures at the Bradford House: Brock Jobe Lecture


The DRHS was honored to welcome premiere furniture expert Brock Jobe to the Drew Archival Library on the evening of June 18, 2015. Mr. Jobe discussed his current Boston furniture project, using examples from the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society’s Bradford House museum, and all proceeds from the lecture went to the preservation efforts at […]

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Historic Houses Open to the Public

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Update (8/31/15): The King Caesar and the Bradford House museums have closed for the 2015 summer season, however, both houses are available for tours throughout the year with a reservation: please call our office for details, 781-934-6106.   The King Caesar and the Bradford House museums open to the public on Saturday, June 27, 2015. This […]

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Volunteer Recognition Awards 2015

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Volunteer Recognition Awards 2015: At last night’s Annual Meeting, the following individuals were recognized for their special contributions to the DRHS. Thank you to all – we could not do what we do without you! PRESERVATION OF MUSEUM COLLECTIONS & ARCHIVES: to Diane Hoyt, for her contributions in the area of data entry and collections […]

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Executive Director Erin McGough honored as “Woman of Influence”


“Women of Influence.” Executive Director Erin McGough honored in March 2015 issue of South Shore Living Magazine – be sure to pick up a copy and see the amazing things happening in our communities! “Whether rising to the top of their chosen careers or devoting themselves to local charities, these 11 women are influential figures […]

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Christmas at King Caesar Featured on PCN


See a recap of Christmas at King Caesar, as featured on PCN Television, December 18, 2014: See YouTube Video at this link: PCN Television

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#GivingTuesday: You Make Duxbury’s History Part of Its Future


#GivingTuesday a global day dedicated to giving back. The DRHS gives thanks every single day for each of you, our friends, our donors. Please consider “giving to the max” – to all the organizations that help to make this world a rich, healthy place. Your donations always make a difference to us. #GivingTuesday, On Tuesday, […]

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Abigail Adams Visits DRHS – PCN Coverage of the Event


On October 17, Plymouth actress Linda Myer visited DRHS to perform as Abigail Adams in the second installment in her one-women trilogy, “Remember the Ladies.” This performance focused on Federalist era, White House history and the first years of our nation’s existence. Myer performed to a sold-out crowd, and PCN covered the event. This event […]

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2014 Croquet Tournament Most Successful Ever!

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Our 2014 “Wicked Wicket” Croquet Tournament was a smashing success – our most successful year yet! We raised over $4,000 for  preserving historical treasures like the King Caesar House and to provide educational programs like the upcoming visit from Abigail Adams (October 18th). Congratulations to team winners Robert Fletcher, Kate Moriarty, John King, and Nancy […]

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DRHS Featured on Chronicle


The Town of Duxbury and the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society were featured on Chronicle on Monday, July 14. You can catch the coverage Here (DRHS starts around 4:00):  

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Free Fridays for Duxbury Residents


Free Fridays Free admission for Duxbury residents at the King Caesar House Every Friday from July 11 to August 29 (1-4 pm) *Family Croquet on the Lawn *Treasure Hunts for the Kids *Special Exhibitions       King Caesar House Regular hours: Wednesday – Sunday, 1-4 pm 120 King Caesar Road, Duxbury House is closed […]

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Historic Houses – 2014 Summer Season

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The DRHS Historic Houses open for the summer season during the weekend of June 28, 2014.   King Caesar House  120 King Caesar Road, Duxbury Hours: June 28 through August 31, Wed-Sun 1-4 p.m.  Free for members; $5 adults, $2 seniors/students (under 6, free). This Federal mansion was built in 1809 for Ezra Weston II, known as […]

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DRHS Featured on PCN Television


In May, the DRHS hosted a historic house clean-up day, to get the historic houses ready for the summer season. More than 25 volunteers showed up, and split their time among the Nathaniel Winsor, Jr. House, the King Caesar House, and the Bradford House. Afterwards, lunch was served in appreciation for the hard work and […]

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DRHS Featured on “Chronicle”


DRHS Archivist Carolyn Ravenscroft was featured on Chronicle on Monday, March 25, 2014. She explained to the host the significance of Duxbury’s Tree of Knowledge and told the history of Duxbury’s Tinkertown. See her here (segment starts around 3:01): Chronicle – Weird Towns

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Erin McGough Appointed Executive Director

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The Trustees of The Duxbury Rural & Historical Society are pleased to announce that Erin McGough has been named the new Executive Director of the Society. Erin has been the Interim Executive Director since September, when Patrick Browne departed, and in that time has done a superb job of keeping the Society moving forward while […]

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Volunteer Recognition Awards, January 2014

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Each year at the Annual Meeting, the DRHS recognizes the outstanding contributions of its volunteers through the Volunteer Recognition Awards.  The Society could not function without its volunteers and we are pleased to honor those selected as this year’s recipients.   Volunteer Recognition Award in Preservation – Anne Williams Mrs. Williams has long been involved […]

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DRHS Annual Meeting – January 28, 2014


Members of the DRHS are cordially invited to attend the Annual Meeting to be held on Tuesday, January 28, 2014 at The Village at Duxbury (290 Kingstown Way)   6:15 P.M. Registration and Refreshments  6:30 P.M. Business Meeting  Reports will be given from the President, Treasurer and Interim Director. Trustees will be elected (see Report […]

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Another Successful “Christmas at King Caesar”

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Our “Christmas at King Caesar” event was a smashing success! The Members’ Preview Party particularly so, with what appeared to be one of the healthiest attendances in recent years. The tent and rooms glowed with decorations, the food and drink were delicious, and we had carolers and acoustic guitar bringing the theme of “Holiday Songs” […]

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“Christmas at King Caesar” Annual Event


DRHS’s annual holiday event, “Christmas at King Caesar,” will take place over the weekend of December 13-15, 2013. This year’s theme is HOLIDAY SONGS. Yes, you may be hearing those “old favorites” already in the stores. Embrace the musical spirit, and come see the house decorated in holiday splendor by Society volunteers. Member’s preview party […]

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In Memory of Robert Hale

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  It is with deep regret and sorrow that we note the passing of Robert (Bob) Hale, one of the most important contributors to the DRHS in many years. To call Bob a contributor does not do any justice to his hard work, since over the years he was a past president of the Society, […]

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Mayflower Cemetery Tour on TV!

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  Did you miss Carolyn Ravenscroft’s Mayflower Cemetery Tour? We had a fantastic turnout – about 50 people. But now you have the chance to see it on TV too! The show is being rotated on (PCN) PACTV Community News, and is entitled “Mayflower Cemetery Tour.” You can also catch it on the PCN page […]

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DRHS to Publish Results of 2012 Brewster Homestead Archaeology

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  We hope you had the opportunity to see our recent exhibition, “Digging Duxbury: The Brewster Homestead’s Archaeological Past.” This exhibition presents the findings of our 2012 archaeological dig on the Brewster Homestead site, including recovered proof of 17th century occupation. If you have not yet seen the exhibition, you have one more opportunity on […]

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Starting to Feel the Holiday Spirit? Become a Room Decorator at King Caesar House!


Christmas at the King Caesar House has opportunities for room decorators. Get a group of your friends, family or colleagues together, pick a room, and decorate it to the full extent of your imagination. This year’s theme is Holiday Songs. Yes, you may be hearing those “old favorites” already in the stores. Embrace the musical spirit, and come and […]

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Patrick Browne departs the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society for a new position in Plymouth


All good things must eventually come to an end, and so it is with the DRHS; after 15 years of exceptional, dedicated service to the Society, our trusted and valued Executive Director, Patrick Browne, has accepted a new position as Executive Director of the Pilgrim Society and Pilgrim Hall Museum. His last day with DRHS […]

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Third Annual Wicked Wicket Tournament Approaches!

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The Patriot Ledger Posted Aug 05, 2013 @ 01:40 PM 3rd Wicked Wicket croquet tourney Aug. 17 in Duxbury DUXBURY — The third annual “Wicked Wicket Croquet Tournament” will take place from 3 to 7 p.m. Aug. 17 on the grounds of the King Caesar House. The Duxbury Rural and Historical Society will host the […]

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New Archaeological Exhibition at the King Caesar House

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We invite you to visit the King Caesar House Museum, tour the house and view our exciting new exhibition, “Digging Duxbury: The Brewster Homestead’s Archaeological Past.” The King Caesar House opens for the summer on Saturday, July 6 at 1 pm. Thereafter, the house is open Wednesdays through Sundays, 1-4 pm. In the fall of […]

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New Online Historic Photos Collection!

The Duxbury Rural & Historical Society recently acquired this photograph of sculptor John Horrigan with Myles Standish’s head, 1930.

The Duxbury Rural and Historical Society has established an online archive of historical Duxbury photographs through Flickr, a photo-sharing website. The site currently features over 250 photographs of Duxbury ranging from the late 19th to mid-20th century. Many, many more photographs will be added to the site in the coming weeks. There are some fascinating images […]

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New Publication, “Duxbury Ancient and Modern”

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In celebration of Duxbury’s 375th Anniversary, the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society presents an updated and revised edition of a key source on Duxbury’s earliest home sites and by-ways. In 1924, Henry A. Fish of Duxbury self-published Duxbury Ancient and Modern, a pamphlet and map detailing the locations of Duxbury’s oldest homesteads and roads. Fish worked […]

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“Patriot Ledger” Coverage of our Archaeological Dig

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By Sue Scheible The Patriot Ledger Posted Nov 09, 2012 @ 02:50 PM DUXBURY — Down a narrow grass lane near the ocean, a group of archaeological detectives is digging for the truth. For some of the volunteers, the chance to lie on the ground for hours, beside narrow rectangular holes, poking in the soil […]

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DRHS to Conduct Archaeological Dig at Brewster Site


September 14, 2012 – The Duxbury Rural and Historical Society will conduct, during the last week of October and the first week of November, an archaeological testing procedure at what is alleged to be the site of the home of Elder William Brewster, a Mayflower passenger and one of the first settlers of Duxbury. Among the many […]

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Wicked Wicket Croquet Tournament a Success!

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Our second annual Wicked Wicket Croquet Tournament was a great success! Congratulations to our winning team who claimed the Weston Cup, Jeremy and Katie Mason and Jesse and Karoline Martin. The “shoot out” competition to determine the best individual player was won by Robert Pierce. And the “best dressed” award went to Andrew and Christy Strawbridge. In […]

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Croquet Tournament Will Proceed as Planned!

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The Wicked Wicket Croquet Tournament WILL proceed as scheduled, Saturday, August 18 from 3 to 7 pm despite the chance of showers. Last year we played in a near hurricane. By comparison this year’s weather is looking fairly good! Wear your Wellies and join us for a fun afternoon!

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Wicked Wicket Tournament Returns!


Mark your calendars for Saturday, August 18 for the second annual Wicket Wicket Croquet Tournament which will once again be held on the grounds of the King Caesar House. Bob Kroeger, Director of the U.S. Croquet Association Instructional Schools will again be on hand as the Croquet Master, judge, and instructor. He will offer a refresher […]

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Museum Houses Are Open for the Summer!

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The Duxbury Rural and Historical Society announces the annual opening of its two museums—the King Caesar House (1809) and the Captain Gershom Bradford House (1808). Trained docents will guide visitors through these remarkable 19th century houses that accurately reflect the days of Duxbury ship builders and sea captains. The King Caesar House at 120 King Caesar […]

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Our Facebook page passes 500 followers!


Haven’t checked out our Facebook page yet? Well do! We post almost daily updates on events, projects, and snipits of local history. You can view photos of our events, read excerpts from Duxbury Civil War journals and more. Just recently our page passed the 500 follower mark, making ours one of the most popular historical […]

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DRHS Archivist Illuminates Duxbury’s Civil War Nurse

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From the Wicked Local Duxbury (click link for full article) Surgeons only wanted to work with convalescent soldiers in the role of nurses, believing that women had no part in providing care for the Civil War soldiers. Duxbury’s Charlotte Bradford pushed on through that barrier and others to make a name for herself and earn her […]

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Historical Society Acquires “Perseverance”

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The Duxbury Rural and Historical Society’s (DRHS) latest acquisition is a testament to its doggedness in amassing the most comprehensive collection for its Drew Archives. When a member of DRHS alerted Executive Director Patrick Browne that Skinner Auctioneers in Boston was selling a painting titled “The Brig Perseverance,” Browne and his membership knew it belonged […]

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“Duxbury Clipper” Visits with Erin McGough

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Erin McGough recently joined the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society as the town’s newest Collections Manager. We chatted with her to find out just what her job entails — which does not include going after folks for unpaid bills, but does require a strong appreciation for art history.

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DRHS recognized by Library of Congress


Thanks to archivist Carolyn Ravenscroft, the Duxbury Rural and Historical Society (DRHS) has earned national recognition from the Library of Congress.

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