Walpole Historical Society


Deacon Willard Lewis House
33 West St.
Walpole, MA  02081


Open to the Public Saturdays

from 2 PM to 4 PM

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Official Walpole Historical Society Website

History of the Society - Founded in 1898, became inactive in the 1930's, reactivated in 1963.  In the early 1970's the Society leased its present quarters from the Town.  The Lewis House, built in 1826, is Walpole's only home on the National Register of Historic Sites.  Other sites on the Register are the Old Town Hall [1881] and Union Station [1883].

Purpose - The Society's objectives are to collect, preserve and disseminate Walpole's history.  To this end, the Society gathers books, documents, pamphlets, memorabilia, memoirs, and artifacts which it displays and makes accessible for public viewing and study.

Activities - The Society presents, four times a year, public "Programs" featuring subjects concerning  facets of Town history or a process pertinent to the Society's functions.  The Lewis house, in addition to being open for informal visits, is host to a more formal 'Open House' in June.  Members are provided with a Newsletter which details events and activities.

Membership - The Society is not supported by municipal funds.   It is a non-profit voluntary organization whose membership is open to persons of all ages, place of birth, nationality or place of residence.  Members are obliged to pay annual dues; $10 for an individual or $15 for a family.  An annual donation of $50 or more entitles the donor to the title of 'Patron'.

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Governance - Society bylaws provide for annual election (in April) of Officers and, as many as, eight Directors.  The current (April 2018) roster of Officers and Directors is.



President - John R. Anderson Mark Almeda
Vice President - Roger Turner, Jr. Mary Ciannavei
Treasurer- James Langmead Anna Cunningham
Recording Secretary - Susan Cosman Anne Marie Lepage
Corresponding Secretary -  Betsey Dyer Louis E. Hoegler
Librarian / Curator - Susan Anderson Michael Lepage
  George Ransom
Stephen Sullivan

Walpole Historical Society Price List:


Nash Pottery Plates ($55.00) / Refrigerator Magnets ($2) / "ENTERING WALPOLE" refrigerator magnet ($1) / Map copies and reproductions as marked / Walpole note cards and postcards ($0.50) each


1832 Hewins' WALPOLE MAP (replica) produced in 1974 for Walpole's 200th anniversary, embellished with 24 drawings of local landmarks, indexed, 22"x28" ($1)