Plymouth Antiquarian Society




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The Plymouth Antiquarian Society, founded in 1919, is Plymouth's largest organization dedicated to preserving historic houses and landmarks. The Society owns and maintains three historic houses from different centuries: the 1677 Harlow House, the 1749 Spooner House, and the 1809 Hedge House, and an ancient Native American site, Sacrifice Rock. Since 1920, PAS has welcomed the public to its historic properties for tours, exhibits, and programs. The historic houses tell the story of everyday life in Plymouth from the mid-1600s to the present, with period rooms featuring early American furnishings and domestic artifacts. The Society also offers a seasonal calendar of special events and programs on local history. Membership is open to the public.

"This Needlework of Mine"
A Selection of Samplers from the Plymouth Antiquarian Society Collection

Hedge House, 126 Water Street
July 17th through September 7th, Wednesday - Sunday — 2 to 6 pm

PAS samplerHistoric girlhood samplers from the collection of the Plymouth Antiquarian Society will be displayed this summer at the Hedge House Museum during regular museum hours. The exhibition highlights two schools of samplers, including a series decorated with bright blue forget-me-nots made by members of the Jackson, Spooner and Weston families, and several octagonal-bordered samplers in the style traditionally associated with Plymouth. Two local samplers from private collections, never before publicly exhibited, will also be on display. In addition, a magnificent New Hampshire bird-and-basket sampler, wrought by 13-year-old Susannah Knapp in 1812, and an intricate needlework map of the world made by Sarah Rodman of New Bedford in 1809 will be shown.
The exhibit is free with museum admission; open hours are 2 to 6 pm, Wednesday through Sunday, through August 31st, and 1 to 4 pm on September 6th and 7th. For more information, email or call 508-746-0012.

Help Us Add this Chiltonville Sampler to the Antiquarian Collection!
PAS Doten samplerAn unusual piece of needlework was recently found in Chiltonville, Plymouth’s historic rural village. An early 19th century sampler was rediscovered, attached to the back of a WWII needlework picture from Occupied Japan, a souvenir brought home by a Plymouth serviceman in 1946. The sampler was embroidered in silk on a linen ground by Marcia Doten of Chiltonville, sometime in the early 1820s. It features an unfinished design of a large basket of flowers, with some of the original pencil drawing visible in the unworked area. The Antiquarian Society hopes to acquire and conserve this important local sampler.
Your contribution to our Needlework Conservation Fund will help us acquire and conserve the Doten sampler. All donations will be used for the care and conservation of the Antiquarian Society’s collection of historic needlework, which includes 45 girlhood samplers. For more information, email or call 508-746-0012.

Burial Hill Tours: History in Progress
Burial Hill TourThe Plymouth Antiquarian Society invites you to explore one of Plymouth’s greatest historic treasures -– Burial Hill -– during a series of free themed discovery tours held on the first Saturday of each month (excepting January). Encounter art, history, and culture in an open-air museum with local historians who share their expertise on a fascinating range of topics.
Meet at the main stairway to Burial Hill. Free and open to the public. No reservations required for individuals and families. Click here to download a Burial Hill: History in Progress schedule or check out our monthly calendar listings for more detail. For more information email or call 508-746-0012.

Please explore our 2014 Calendar of Events. Click on a link to view a specific month:February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November, December.

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    For more information, contact:
Plymouth Antiquarian Society
P.O. Box 3773
Plymouth, MA 02361
Phone 508-746-0012