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New Donations to the Collection

on 6/26/2017

The Society was very pleased to have Mrs. Carolynn Henderson of Holliston donate the following pieces from her family for our collections:

*A two-piece wedding dress, including a lace garter, worn by Carolynn's maternal grandmother at her wedding in 1906

*A burgundy throw with velvet trim embroidered with flowers in 1900 by Carolynn's paternal grandmother

*Part of a woman's lace collar which we estimate is from the late 1800s

Click "Read More" to see pictures of these items.

Vendors Welcome to 2017 Harvest Fair

on 2/9/2017

The 37th annual Holliston Historical Society Harvest Fair will take place on Sunday, September 24th, 2017.

The Holliston Historical Society, located on Route 16 in Holliston, Massachusetts, invites you to participate in our annual old fashioned Country Harvest Fair.  Every year people look forward to our annual antiques and crafts fair on the picturesque lawn of the Historical Society which is traditionally held in September.   Many buyers return to find their favorite crafters’ booths every year and enjoy the day at our fair. 

REGISTRATION FEE:  $60 if sent before June 1, 2017 - $75 per

Planning ahead.......

on 7/11/2017

Planning ahead…

37th Annual Harvest Fair

Sunday, September 24, 2017

10AM to 4PM

Rain Date: October 1, 2017


With 4th of July celebrations in the rear view mirror, the rest of July and August promises a lazy, hazy, summer of relaxation, a bit of vacation, traveling AND planning for our much anticipated 37th Annual Harvest Fair!

The committee has met once, on June 22nd with Beate Hait, chairperson, Andrea Adams, Sheila Adams, Pat Duffy, Bill Hatch, Mary Curran, Nancy Lamb, and yours truly, Pat Pereira.

15th Annual Fathers' Day Breakfast Cruise

on 6/4/2017


Sunday June 18, 2017

8:00 AM - 10:00 AM


This Fathers' Day tradition is free to all cars and motorcycles of interest. Trophies are awarded and a full hot breakfast(scrambled eggs, fresh sausage, buttermilk pancakes, choice of beverage, donuts,"chef's special" TBA) and snacks are  available for purchase. Start Dad's Day right! All proceeds benefit our  Holliston Historical Society, Sponsors include: Corcoran & Havlin Insurance Group/Hagerty, Quality Auto Body, 1657 Washington St. Holliston,, Keystone Automotive, 455 Washington St.

Updates to the Property

on 5/3/2017

We have had a couple of recent updates to the property at the Asa Whiting House: the corn crib and one of the chimneys.

If you’ve visited the property lately, you’ll have noticed the corn crib is back! Bill Bernard rebuilt the corn crib out of new untreated wood. Untreated boards will shrink, leaving gaps between them that allow corn stored inside to dry out. We are leaving the boards as-is for now but may stain them white in the future. The new corn crib is sure to be popular during our 18th Century Days program for schoolchildren in June.

We are also having a chimney repaired.

Hollistonians Answered the call Over There

on 4/8/2017

One hundred forty-one Hollistonians answered the call when congress declared war on Germany on April 6th 1917.  The population in Holliston at the time was 2,700. It was only in recent years that local history uncovered the forgotten truth about Ernest Kehoe. Kehoe and his sister were taken in by their relatives, the Drennan family at 32 Arch Street, after the passing of their parents. Holliston educated, and a shoe mill worker, Kehoe saw service in Panama, Mexican border and Europe before he was killed in action as a member of the 101 Machine Gun Co. Kehoe is buried in Belleau France.