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About Us

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

Our Mission:
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.

Our Vision:
We envision Duxbury as a welcoming community committed to embracing the significance and diversity of its historic and natural resources.

Our Values: 
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.

Important Documents

One of the most crucial DRHS accomplishments of 2021 was the process to create our FY 2021-2025 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 2021.

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.