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About Us

You Never Know What Duxbury’s History is Going to Do Next…

The Duxbury Rural and Historical Society is a non-profit organization seeking to foster a better understanding of the heritage and rural environment of Duxbury, Massachusetts. The Society’s goals are to provide access to its buildings and lands, to provide educational programs for the community, to collect, preserve and exhibit artifacts relating to Duxbury’s history, to provide a library and archives for the encouragement of scholarly research and to publish documents of historical interest. 

The DRHS does this by maintaining 4 historic house properties, an archival library, museum collections, and more than 150 acres of land held in conservation. Two of the properties – the Nathaniel Winsor Jr. House and the Drew Archival Library – are open to the public year-round; the rest are easily accessible during their seasonal hours, or by appointment. The DRHS also runs approximately 50 programs, events and rentals each year, in an effort to make Duxbury’s history available to the widest possible audience.

Important Documents

One of the most crucial DRHS accomplishments of 2018 was the process to create our FY 2019-2020 Strategic Agenda, an important document that will guide DRHS for years, and which helped to resolve who we are and what we want to be, in addition to laying a framework for accomplishing our goals. Congratulations to the many people who helped in this project. A copy is available to read here: DRHS Strategic Agenda 2018.

Each year, the DRHS produces its Annual Report, which is an accounting of activities, finances, and accomplishments of the prior year. The 2020 Annual Report is available here: Annual Report 2020.

The Duxbury Rural & Historical Society is a private nonprofit, 501(c)(3), EIN 046109189.