Published in the June 2, 2016 edition.


WAKEFIELD — Galvin Middle School students in grade 5 listened intently to Lucille Doherty on Wednesday, June 1 while she gave a fascinating talk about the history of the Colonel James Hartshorne House on Church Street.

The lesson was all part of an annual student tour of the House at 41 Church St. provided for fifth-graders and an enrichment program for the students’ social studies classwork.

According to Hartshorne Director Martha Philbrick, the Galvin Middle School raised $200 in funds to support the educational outreach program and Hartshorne House tours. Philbrick said that the Hartshorne House and the grounds it sits on are among Wakefield’s gems.

Colonel Hartshorne (role played by Jay Landers) was on hand to give the students a tour of the Old Burying Grounds along Church Street, a new component in this year’s educational outreach program. Mrs. Hartshorne, played by Wakefield Memorial High School student Gillian Russell, was also there to greet the students.

After the tour’s completion, students from Susan Langlois’ class played a game of softball on the shores of Lake Quannapowitt behind the House, and Heather Cook’s class enjoyed a picnic lunch.

Other members and directors of the Hartshorne House present for the event were Lennie Malvone, Abby Russell and Mary Sullivan and high school student Leila Buonfiglio.

Hartshorne House Directors and members will meet to discuss future events at their annual breakfast on Tuesday, June 7 at the West Side Social Club on Harrington Court.