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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.


The museums come to you; pop-up history panels around Duxbury & on our website.  


Pre-order signed copies of “Ezra & the Mouse: The Search for Lafayette” 

Set in Duxbury in 1822, inspired by actual events, and written by Duxbury native and popular children’s author Victoria J. Coe. Readers of all ages will delight in seeing Duxbury’s shipbuilding past come to life while discovering a surprising, yet little known episode about the Marquis de Lafayette. (September 2021)

News & Updates


Madelon “Mattie” Ali has been one of DRHS’s most stalwart supporters and volunteers for more than 30 years. Mattie’s generosity, sense of humor and leadership can be felt across a wide range of activities, from the development of exhibitions, to greeting guests as a tour guide, to working on education programs and more. She helped...
Please consider making a spring contribution to support our work Dear Friend, I am so happy to report that, like our beautiful spring flowers, DRHS is coming back to life! After a long, long year for us all, the King Caesar house is open again, our “You Are Here!” exhibit has expanded with the addition...
The DRHS would like to highlight and thank two very talented volunteers, Madeline DiPalma and Maya Stahl. Madeline and Maya, often working as a pair, trained as tour guides and worked at the DRHS historic houses during the summer of their Junior year. In addition, they volunteered to help run many events, including Stories By...

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