Town Day Trolley Tours

Winchester Town Day Trolley ToursOne of the Town Day traditions is the partnership of Winchester Savings Bank and Winchester Historical Society in offering trolley tours of Winchester. This tradition dates back to the beginning of Town Day in the 1970s, during the celebrations of the Bicentennial.

Each year, the Bank rents the trolleys, and Historical Society members give the tours. This year’s tours included a tour of Main Street from Mystic Valley Parkway to Symmes Corner, led by John Clemson; Solar Homes of Winchester, led by Susan McPhee; Artists and Architects of Winchester, led by Maureen Meister, Houses of the Stars, led by Ellen Knight, and Trees of Winchester, led by Peter Wild.

The tours are always a special part of the day’s events and popular with residents and visitors as a way to get to know the town and its history. The Society welcomes ideas for new tours and of course, volunteers to lead tours in the future.

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History of Winchester Seen through the Eyes of Rotary

Winchester Historical Society Annual Meeting and Program

Jack Kean, Rotary Historian

The History of Winchester
Seen through the Eyes of Rotary

Tuesday, May 21st
7:00 p.m. refreshments, 7:30 p.m. program
Sanborn House, 15 High Street

Club artifacts, photographs of the Rotary Barn, bulletins,
and other pictorial material will be on display.

Free and open to the public.

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Program: The Aberjona River–May 1st!

Aberjona River historical photo

The Winchester Historical Society presents


How the River Shaped the Town
How the Town Reshaped the River

Wednesday, May 1st
Refreshments at 7:00 pm
Program begins at 7:30 pm

Sanborn House, 15 High Street

From the good – plentiful water for settlers, picturesque scenes for artists, places for sport, power for mills,

To the bad – flooding & more flooding,
To the ugly – noxious pollution and vermin-ridden marshland,

Local historian Ellen Knight will describe the history of the river, riverside industries, and other developments from colonial days to the present and explain the continuing series of river improvement efforts, from the creation of Mystic Valley Parkway, to the Kellaway Plan, to the current flood mitigation program.

Using maps and photographs from the collections of the Winchester Archival Center and her experience as historical consultant to the Town’s flood team, Dr. Knight will tell the tale of the historic Aberjona.

Open to the public free of charge.

Winchester Town Pond construction

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Organizations Supporting the Sanborn House and Winchester Historical Society Programs

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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