The Norwell Historical Society is a private membership organization that works to preserve the artifacts related to the history of Norwell, Massachusetts.
Our town was founded in 1636 as part of Scituate, incorporated in 1849 as South Scituate, and finally re-named as Norwell in 1888. The Norwell Historical Society was founded in 1935 by private citizens interested in preserving the town's rich history.
We maintain three locations:
THE JACOBS HOMESTEAD
The Jacobs Homestead is considered Society Headquarters and is located at 4 Jacobs Lane in Norwell. The house was originally built in 1726, and was lived in continuously by members of the Jacobs family until 1939 when it was given to the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (today called Historic New England). Since 1953 it has served as a headquarters, library, and exhibition area for the Norwell Historical Society. The Town of Norwell assumed care of the buildings and grounds in the late 1980s. The Society side of the Farmhouse is open for tours at the annual Strawberry Festival and the “Christmas at the Farmhouse” event, or by appointment. For information on tours, please call 781-659-1888 or e-mail the Society here.
THE RESEARCH LIBRARY
The Norwell Historical Society Research Library at the Norwell Middle School (328 Main Street, Route 123, behind Sparrell School) is open on Wednesdays from 2:00 to 3:00 during the school year, or by appointment by calling 781-659-1888 (please leave a message) or by e-mailing the Society here.
The Norwell Historical Society Archives Center on the 3rd floor of the Sparrell School is open by appointment only: please call 781-659-1888 (leave a message) or e-mail the Society here. The archives house numerous historic documents and the Maryjane Clark Collection of decorative arts.
Please explore our website, browse our newsletter archive, and peruse our calendar of upcoming events. We encourage you to learn more about this wonderful rural town on the South Shore of Massachusetts. To view our membership brochure or to get information on becoming a member, please click here.
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Established in 1935
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