About the Society

Winchester Center, 1818

The Winchester Historical Society is a volunteer organization of over 300 members working to promote an awareness of Winchester’s rich history and culture. Founded in 1933 as successor to the Winchester Historical and Genealogical Society which flourished from 1884 to 1898, the Society is one of the oldest historical organizations in New England. It is incorporated as 501 (c) 3 nonprofit and contributions are tax deductible.

Sanborn House


The Winchester Historical Society and the community of Winchester are transforming the Sanborn House into a community cultural center, gallery, and meeting place. A revitalized Sanborn House offers space for community and Society activities in a historic house while building community, minimizing cost to the taxpayers, and stabilizing an architectural treasure and its green space! […]

Facility Rentals

Music Room

The elegant entertaining rooms at the Sanborn House are ideal for weddings, community events, and private rentals.

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Cummings Foundation Grant

The Winchester Historical Society is honored to be one of 100 local organizations selected to receive a grant from the Cummings Foundation in 2013. The funding provided a new energy-efficient gas heating system for the Sanborn Historical and Cultural Center. With reliable heat at lower cost, the Historical Society has been able to expand its programs and use of the house by the Winchester community and surrounding towns.

Featured Publication

Wright-Locke Farm: A History in Pictures
by Ellen Knight

Look into the history of the Wright-Locke farm in a new 16-page booklet titled Wright-Locke Farm: A History in Pictures. Read More.

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There are many ways for you to take-action and become involved with and support the Winchester Historical Society.

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