Published in the September 27, 2019 edition.

WAKEFIELD — Wakefield will celebrate its 375th anniversary on Saturday, September 28, with a wide range of activities. The Wakefield Historical Society invites you to spend the day in Wakefield — there’s so much to see and do.

For more information, or reservations, visit or call 781-246-3070.

* Wakefield History Museum Open House at the historic West Ward Schoolhouse, 39 Prospect Street. 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. While at the Museum, visit Wakefield Historical Society Gift Shop at the museum. Featuring antique items and books de-accessioned from the Collection because of space needs.

* Fall Mums and Pumpkin Farm Stand. Bring some fall color to your home — and help support our museum.

* Shoemaking demonstration from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. with visiting ‘Saboteuse‘ Sarah Guerin.

* “White Coopering” demonstration with historical craftsman David Workman, fabricating wooden yokes, dolls and bowls.

• Historic costumed visitors – take a selfie with a person in historic costume.

• Trolley tours of historic Wakefield. The history of the town will come to life as you learn the stories of the buildings and homes that you pass every day. Rides are 10 and 11 a.m., and noon. Fifteen dollars per person for 45-minute narrated trolley tour on a comfortable Old Town Trolley. Fee reflects the cost of renting the trolley. Reservations available online.

• Tour of the historic First Parish Congregational Church building,1 Church Street. Complements of our friends and neighbors at the church that shares our birthdate. Two tours, 12 noon and 2 p.m., are offered by the Church historian Christopher Hurren and pastor Rev. John Dale.

• Colonel James Hartshorne House Open House – 1 – 3 p.m.  Take a leisurely walk through the Hartshorne House to discover its unique architectural features at 41 Church Street. Complements of our colleagues at the Colonel James Hartshorne House Association.

• Open hours at the Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 5 Bryant Street from 1 – 3 p.m.  Complements of the congregation and the Reverend Matthew Cadwell. Visit the beautiful church building, view the two Tiffany stained glass windows and the historic interior. The congregation will celebrate its 150th anniversary in 2020.

“A Revolution of Her Own, Deborah Samson (Sampson),” – a special dramatic presentation at the historic Americal Civic Center, 465 Main Street, 3 p.m. Learn the fascinating story of the Revolutionary War Era first woman to enlist, to fight, and to be honorably discharged from the American military. The riveting one-hour program will be held in the Heritage Room. Suggested donation $5 for adults; free for children under 12.  

• Linden Tree Coffeehouse at the historic Unitarian Universalist Church, 326 Main Street. Visit the historic church for the Linden Tree Coffeehouse’s season debut: Jez Lowe. Show is at 8 p.m., doors open at 7:30 p.m. Reservations and information: visit