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All events are free of charge and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome!

Closed for the Season 


Sawin Museum and Caryl Farm Museums Are Closed for the Season 

The museums are closed for the season and will reopen in April 2023. Visits may be made by appointment only 508-785-1832

Wednesday October 19, 2022 

Speaker Event - The Two Fires that Shaped Boston

The drama of two great fires, the Great Boston Fire of 1872, and the Cocoanut Grove Fire of 1942 will be captured in a talk, The Two Fires that Shaped Boston by author and journalist Stephanie Schorow on Wednesday, Oct. 19th at 7 PM in the Dover Library. The program will be sponsored by the Dover Historical Society. All are invited. There is no admission charge.

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Friday, December 2, 2022

December 2 - Pits, Posts and Palisades - Archaeology of 17th-Century Plymouth Colony Settlement - With Dr. David Landon

Hard to believe, but 402 years ago the Mayflower sailed into Cape Cod Bay, changing forever the destiny of this region. Although much has been written about the event based on contemporary accounts and later histories, little tangible information on the original settlement is known.

The Dover Historical Society is presenting a talk by Dr. David Landon, the Associate Director of the Andrew Fiske Memorial Center for Archaeological Research, University of Massachusetts Boston. His presentation will showcase the results to date, highlighting the artifacts unearthed, the earliest building construction methods and the first evidence for the palisade.Come and learn about this crucial period in New England history from the very person who is attempting to disentangle myth from reality.

Friday, December 2nd - 7:00 PM
Dover Legion George Preston Post
All are invited. There is no admission charge.



Dover Historic Society Preservation Award

Sixth Annual Preservation Award

Becky and Doug Gladstone's home at 46 Farm Street receives the Sixth Annual Preservation Award. On land originally purchased in 1759, the house was built in 1831 by Willard Mann and in 1853 became Asa Talbot's dairy farm. After purchasing the house, three barns, and the only surviving wooden silo in Town in 1999, the Gladstones have made steady progress in renovating their home, which now is situated on 2.5 acres. Initial projects included a well and electrical and septic systems in addition to stabilizing the barn. In 2003 construction transformed the first barn and space above the stables in the second barn into living space. A year later the third barn was raised and the silo received windows and a door. The original house was renovated. Especially noteworthy is the extent of reuse of materials. Tongue and groove boards, bead boards, beams, joists, wallboards, floorboards, and antique glass windowpanes all have found new life in other areas of the house. This home epitomizes the goal of the Preservation Award Committee to celebrate thoughtful renovation rather than demolition.

Preservation Award winners are:

2016 Becky and Doug Gladstone's home at 46 Farm Street
2015 Sara Molyneaux
2014 Henry and Jean Stone house at 95 Centre Street
2013 Third Annual Preservation Award  -- Susan and Edward Fitzgerald home at 2 Main Street
2012 Second Annual Preservation Award – William and Rachel Motley home at 8 Haven Street
2011 First Annual Preservation Award – David Lewis home at 1 Pegan Lane


About the Award

The Town of Dover has a fascinating history and the past informs our understanding of the present. The Dover Historical Society seeks to interpret and preserve our physical, material, and cultural heritage. Even a casual observer can recognize the changes that have occurred in recent years. We wish to celebrate those who have chosen preservation. A yearly Preservation Award will be presented at the March Annual Meeting to an individual or group which has facilitated the:

restoration of a historic home or building

appropriate design of an addition

re-creation of a historic landscape.

Dover Historic House Marker Program

Dover has a wide variety of architectural styles that add to both its charm and history. Included are farmhouses from the 18th century and large country estates built by Bostonians during the period from 1901 to 1914. We have single homes such as the Teepee House (built in 1912), the E.F. Hodgson's portables on Meetinghouse.

To increase awareness of Dover's heritage, the Dover Historical Commission and the Dover Historical Society have established a voluntary program to provide house markers bearing the construction date and, when desired, the name of the original owner or builder.

Any house built before 1929 and retaining its basic design integrity is eligible. The Dover Historical Commission and the Historical Society will make the determination of eligibility jointly.

A contribution of $150 covers the cost of the marker, research guidance, mounting and a year's membership in the Dover Historical Society.

For further information or obtain an application, click here to visit the Historical Commission's page on the Town's website.

Although they are separate organizations, the Dover Historical Society and The Dover Historic Commission often cooperate on projects such as this.
The Commission is appointed by the Board of Selectmen with it's operation funded by the Town of Dover.
The Society is a private organization, supported entirely through membership fees, donations and grants with no funding from the Town.

The Dover Historical Society
PO Box 534
Dover, MA 02030
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