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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Holiday Entertaining at the Sanborn

Host Your Holiday Event at the Sanborn House!

Affordable grandeur for your holiday events

The Sanborn House will be decorated for the holidays for the month of December.  Whether you are hosting a small private gathering or a larger social event the House nicely accommodates these happenings with its beautiful, turn-of-the century details in either large or small rooms with holiday decorations. There is access to a large kitchen for catered events.

Holiday Entertaining at the Winchester Sanborn House

To inquire about rental availability please call 781-721-0135, or email  Further details on rules and regulations, and rates can be found at under Rentals.

The Winchester Historical Society is leading the fundraising campaign to restore and preserve the architectural integrity of the Sanborn House. By renting the Sanborn House for your event, you are supporting the restoration of this historic home.


(photo: Walter Finneran)

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Middlesex Turnpike

The Winchester Historical Society invites you to

 THE MIDDLESEX TURNPIKE: Partner or Competitor to the Canal?

A talk by Tom Raphael

Wednesday, November 14th at the
Sanborn House

Refreshments at 7 p.m.
Program begins at 7:30 p.m.

Many of us learned in history class about the wooden plank road built in 1785 through the Cumberland Gap in Virginia. Few of us were taught that a flurry of turnpike building followed in the thirteen colonies, all built by private companies. All told, 118 turnpikes were completed in Massachusetts, most of which are still serving us in some way. The talk will cover the difficulties of travel, the contentious construction, and widespread use of the Middlesex Turnpike.

Take a virtual journey over the complete route as it was built. See how it looked until the advent of the automobile in early 1900 and how it looks and serves today. You will learn that it was originally planned to go through the “flats” and bisect Winchester.

Free and open to the public

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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