The Duxbury Rural & Historical Society (DRHS) strives to be a responsible steward of our historic buildings, museum objects, archives, and lands. We welcome all audiences to learn along with us, explore our collections, and interpret the unfolding, diverse stories of Duxbury’s history.
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.
We envision Duxbury as a welcoming community committed to embracing the significance and diversity of its historic and natural resources.
Integrity: Uphold the highest ethical and professional standards; foster open and transparent decision-making and communications.
Respect: Embrace a wide and inclusive diversity of perspectives and participants.
Learning: Foster discovery, creativity, and empathy to help understand the importance of history in our lives.
Community: Be a good neighbor and model kindness and care in everything we do.
Joy: From lively conversation and participation, to volunteerism and philanthropy, we invite the community to share a passion for our town’s heritage and its place in history.