West Boylston, Massachusetts

Our mission is to preserve the unique story of West Boylston. The Historical Society invites you to explore our history with us.


For over 30 years, the West Boylston Historical Society has served the town by researching and preserving our unique history.  We are based at our headquarters at 65 Worcester Street, the historic Bigelow Tavern.


Recent Activities

  • The brick sidewalk from the parking lot to the front door has been completed. Approximately 2600 bricks were used for this project. We would like to thank all for your generous support.
  • The renovated Bigelow Tavern building at 65 Worcester Street serves as the museum and research center. Built in the 1770s, it was originally the Bigelow Tavern and now serves as our headquarters.
  • The Historical Society has disassembled and relocated the 18th-century Jacob Winn barn from Lancaster Street, where it was scheduled for demolition, to our property on Worcester Street.
  • Frank Brown and Beverly Goodale, members of the Societys Board of Directors, have authored a book of photographs for the Images of America series. Click here to see more...
  • The Old Stone Church: Through the efforts of the Historical Society, the Historical Commission and the Beaman Oak Garden Club, the state was persuaded to rebuild the church after the side walls and roof collapsed in the 1970s.
  • The society was instrumental in the listing of the Holbrook Chapel and the Mount Vernon Cemetery in the National Register of Historic Places

Hours Of Operation

The Society is open most Thursdays from 9:30 until 12:00 noon and Sunday 2:00 to 4:00pm in September


The Old Farmer's Almanac got its start in West Boylston.

Robert Bailey Thomas, one of the town's most famous residents, compiled his almanac from his home in West Boylston for many years.  The Old Farmer's Almanac is the oldest continuously published periodical in North America, starting in 1792 and continuing to this day.

Robert Bailey Thomas was also the first town clerk for West Boylston in 1808.

Join Us!

Want to learn more about West Boylston? Wish to help preserve our fascinating history? Join the West Boylston Historical Society and/or donate to our preservation efforts? Click here for more info...