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Dateboarding Your Home

We appreciate the quirks of owning & preserving an antique house…
and, you deserve a plaque for the love you pour into it.

The Dateboarding Program is maintained by the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society and supports historic preservation of antique houses in Duxbury.

The first Dateboard was awarded in 1968 to the Nathaniel Winsor Jr. House (coincidentally, now the headquarters of the DRHS). Today, there are more than 250 houses in Duxbury that have been Dateboarded. It’s a great way to show pride in your house and in historic Duxbury.

New houses may be added to the list once the house (or portions of the house) reach 100 years old and the deed research has been completed. Exceptions are sometimes made for structures younger than 100 years old; please contact our office to discuss this possibility.

Never done this kind of research? No problem — often, the DRHS staff and volunteers can help you complete the research; the only cost for this program is the plaque itself. You should also know that being a Dateboarded house comes with absolutely no restrictions on modifications to your home. But we will explain all of that to you.

The benefits to Dateboarding your house are huge: in addition to the Dateboard plaque and the “bragging rights” you get as a homeowner, information on your house goes on file at the Drew Archival Library at the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society. This means that your house’s history will be preserved for future generations of researchers, students, residents, and scholars. The information we hold on the Dateboarded houses creates a tapestry, weaving together the different families, experiences and stories of Duxbury.

Interested in finding out more? Contact Archivist & Historian, Carolyn Ravenscroft at 781-934-1382 or cravenscroft@duxburyhistory.org. New homeowners may also contact Carolyn to obtain copies of their house’s Dateboard records.

DRHS Members who also live in Dateboarded houses are considered to be part of the 1807 Dateboard Society and have access to exclusive opportunities. Contact our office at 781-934-6106 or colson@duxburyhistory.org to find out more. Or, check out our latest 1807 Dateboard Society event at our Events page.