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The Historic Heart
of a Seaside Town

Through its historic and social events, house museums, lands and archival collections, the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society presents an opportunity to imagine, learn and experience our town’s history through a contemporary lens.

Help us preserve this beautiful place and its history. #PlaceMatters

Upcoming Events


We host numerous events throughout the year to help bring Duxbury’s past into the present with engaging and educational programs. Learn more and join us!

Important update (3/24/2020): due to the public health concerns of the coronavirus, many DRHS events have been cancelled or postponed through spring and summer 2020. Please check back here for frequent updates. In the meantime, please follow us on our social media pages for ongoing content and history! Stay well.

News & Updates


  Pride in our community, our sense of place, and a strong commitment to the people around us are the ideas upon which the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society (DRHS) was founded in 1883, when a group of residents (many of whom were young women) had the spark of an idea to form a town...
Update to Closure: as of today, March 27, our offices and the Drew Archival Library are closed due to the public health threat of the coronavirus. We will be closed until at least May 3. Our staff is still available by remote access; their emails are listed on our website at www.duxburyhistory.org under About/Our People....
Duxbury 2020, Inc. was formed by a group of volunteers and organizations to sponsor signature events to commemorate the 1620 arrival of the Mayflower ship from England to Plymouth, MA. The Duxbury Rural & Historical Society has worked with Duxbury 2020 on a number of initiatives, including the publication of a series of essays, due...

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