A Heritage Area-wide program offered
in partnership with the National Park Service

A region-wide celebration of the natural, cultural and historical "treasures" located within the Freedom's Way National Heritage Area, Hidden Treasures 2016 features a unique variety of regional treasures to explore during nine days of creative, community organized and presented activities offered free of charge.

Discover exciting and unexpected stories and places "hidden in plain sight' within the heritage area's 45 communities.

Explore the region's landscape, public monuments, historic buildings, cultural and natural features, objects and documents held in public collections.

Learn about the visionaries and experimenters who, since before the founding of the nation, lived within the Freedom's Way National Heritage Area creating new ideas about relationships to society and the natural world.

Connect with the shared stories and places that are part of your own and neighboring communities.

Find your place in the heritage area!

To plan your adventure, visit www.discoverhiddentreasures.org

Download the Hidden Treasures Program Booklet.

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Merriam Piano Stool Factory

Made in Acton: Self-guided Tours of Early Industrial Sites
The Acton Historical Society and the Iron Work Farm in Acton present “MADE IN ACTON”, a map and brochure of Acton’s historic industrial sites. The combined map/brochure provides a self-guided tour of the town’s many surviving clues to a rich industrial past. While only a few of the early manu-facturing buildings still stand, the tale of the of the local industries that drove Acton’s economy in various eras is still told in the landscape—through surviving dams and mill ponds, cart paths and foundations. Many sites are located on town-owned land, and are readily accessible to the public. Others can be easily seen from the road.
Map/Brochure available at: Acton Historical Society; Iron Work Farm, 5 High Street & 128 Main Street; and the Acton Public Library.

Amherst, NH


Amherst’s Concord Coach — Sunday, May 17 • 1 & 3pm
Calling History buffs of all ages! Visit the Museum and see this historical jewel. Jackie Marshall will speak about its special history. Restored in 1976, this coach transported visitors to and from the railroad station and Amherst Village for years. Learn about the heyday of this form of transportation and get up close and personal with the travelers’ experience.

Wigwam Museum, 17 Middle Street



From The Rhineland to Mill Brook: The Schwambs in Germany and Arlington, MA
Saturday, May 16 & Sunday, May 17 • 11am–3pm
2pm each day: Slide Show & Talk
Discover and explore The Old Schwamb Mill. Continuous tours take place from 11 am to 2pm sharing the German immigrant experience in New England both days as well as a talk and slide show by Edward W. Gordon, Director of Museum Programs, entitled "Boston Area Buildings with German Connections“ both days at 2pm. Program Flyer
Old Schwamb Mill,17 Mill Lane



Camp Stevens Muster Grounds – Civil War-era
Sunday, May 17 • 11am–4pm

Visit the site of this Civil War training area built in 1862 to house more than 950 officers and enlisted men at the camp. These troops served 9 months, having answered the call from President Lincoln. Opportunities exist to search for a distant relative trained at the camp and to view displays depicting civil war camp life. The Sandy Pond School Association will present what life was like for Groton area children of soldiers serving in the 53rd M.V.I. R. (Massachusetts Volunteer Infantry Regiment.
111 Fitchburg Road, off Route 2A



Civil War Sketches:
Diary of Civil War Nurse Mary Elizabeth Haynes

Sunday, May 17 • 10am–4pm

The Mary Elizabeth Haynes Diary is featured in an exhibit that focuses on the men and women who served in the Civil War. The Open House will include a Civil War field hospital demonstration, a tool demonstration and activities including keeping a journal, battlefield bandages and games popular with children during the Civil War era. Program Flyer.

Sawyer House, 676 Main Street



The Hearses: A Horse-Drawn Pair
Saturday, May 16 & Sunday, May 17 • 1pm–4pm

See Boxborough's two town-owned, horse drawn hearses, c. 1824 and 1881, in original condition. Learn about death and funeral practices, customs and superstitions from the 18th Century. See the "coffin door" of the nearby Lt. Amos Pollard house. Calling hours are as listed above.
Boxborough Museum, 575 Middle Road

Brookline, NH


Fresh Pond Ice House &
The Story of Ice Harvesting

Saturday, May 16 • 10am–3pm
Ice harvesting artifacts recovered from Lake Potanipo will be displayed and information about the uses of each item presented. A video of ice harvesting will be on continuous play. Program Flyer. Video.
Brookline Historical Society, corner of Meetinghouse Road and Springvale Avenue

Concord, MA


The Sounds of Daily Life at the Robbins House
Saturday, May 16 • 12–4pm

Listen to a soundscape of daily life for the two African American families who lived independently in this two-room 1823 farmhouse.
The Robbins House, 320 Monument Street


1943 Softball Team at Fort Devens

Fort Devens Museum Armed Forces Day &
Open House

Saturday, May 16 • 10am–4pm, with presentations at 11am, 12:30pm & 2pm

Explore the many exhibits about our armed forces, especially those serving at or from Fort Devens. The Speaker Schedule is as follows:
11:00am Watertown Arsenal – Adam Earls
12:30pm Organized Sports at Camp and Fort Devens – David Gordon
Clues to Devens' Past – Andrew Tabak
Fort Devens Museum, 94 Jackson Road, Suite 305




Architectural Treasures: Christ Episcopal Church & House of Grace and Restoration
Saturday, May 16 •
11:30am–12:15pm: Christ Church Architecture & History Tour at 569 Main Street
2–2:45pm: House of Grace Architecture & History Tour
at 820 Main Street

The Fitchburg Historical Society is open for visitors from 10:30am–3:30pm

Free Architectural and History Tours (appropriate for families with children 8 and up) will be offered at Christ Church Episcopal (designed by prominent American 19th Century architect Richard Upjohn), and the House of Grace and Restoration (designed in the 19th Century by Fitchburg architect Henry M. Francis). A representative from each congregation will be available to answer questions and greet participants. In the case of the House of Grace and Restoration, the congregation representative will be fluent in Spanish, and able to greet visitors and provide information in Spanish.
Christ Episcopal Church: 569 Main Street; House of Grace: 820 Main Street; Fitchburg Historical Society: 781 Main Street

The congregation of House of Grace and Restoration Church has extended an invitation to anyone interested to attend their Sunday (May 16th) services: 1:00pm –Bilingual service (English/Spanish) ; 5:00pm – English only service



Harvard Historical Society & Museum Tours & Open House with Featured Collections
Sunday, May 17 • 11am–3pm

The museum, featured as Harvard's "Treasure", will be open for tours and will feature interactive, family friendly presentations of its collections, including presentations of children’s collections, historic musical instruments and 19th century housework.
Harvard Historical Society, 215 Still River Road

Hollis, NH


Nevins Stone: "And They're Killing Our Men"
Saturday, May 16 & Sunday, May 17 • 11am–3pm, with speaker at 11am

Join us to learn the story of the Nevins Stone and the "Call to Arms" of the Hollis Militia. A speaker will address attendees present at 11am, with a presentation of historical artifacts and a display of home life in 1775 immediately following. A Roll Call of the soldiers listed on Nevins Stone will take place at 12:30pm followed by self-guided tours of homes and cemeteries. Program Flyer
Hollis Town Hall Community Room, 7 Monument Square




Assabet River – Painting en pleine air Workshop
Sunday, May 17th • 10am — Noon
Celebrate the Assabet River by meeting at Wood Park and participating in an en plein air workshop where attendees will be guided in painting a scene of the river, the Taylor Memorial Bridge, or the park. Information on the river will be shared. Children will be led by volunteers and will use watercolors to create a piece of art while in attendance. Refreshments served to participants. Pre-registration is requested to ensure supplies are available for all workshop participants. Call Hudson Recreation at 978-568-9642. Participants MUST bring a folding chair. Program Flyer
For more information please visit www.hudsonrecreation.org.
Wood Park, 65 Park Street



The Story of Mary Rowlandson
Saturday, May 16 & Sunday, May 17 • 2pm
Learn about the life of Mary Rowlandson through a presentation followed by a visit (via car) to Rowlandson Rock on the crest of George Hill led by a designated guide.
Lancaster Town Hall Auditorium, 695 Main Street, #2
Mary Rowlandson Capture Site to Rowlandson Rock Hike
Saturday, May 16 • 3pm
(Rain date Sunday, May 17th •3pm)

Join Tim Castner for a moderately difficult hike from the Mary Rowlandson capture site to Rowlandson Rock. Be prepared for climbing and possible rough trail walking. Hike begins at the Rowlandson Garrison Site following the Mary Rowlandson presentation in Town Hall. Lancaster Recreation & Trails Committee — 2015 Family Trail Walk Series.
Pre-registration is requested: thcastner@comcast.net
Capture Site: From Town Green heading South on Main Street, park in the small lot on the Left side of the road immediately after the bridge over the Nashua River (before Bigelow Gardens). Across the street is the marker & field for the Garrison House.



Drake House: Home of Abolitionist Frances Drake & Underground Railroad Stop
Saturday, May 16 • 10am–1pm

See the home of ardent abolishionists Frances and Jonathan Drake, a National Registor of Historic Places site, and learn about this Underground Railroad stop that once harbored fugitive slave Shadrack Minikins in 1851 as he fled to freedom.
Drake House, 21 Franklin Street



Create & Recreate: A Weekend of Lexington Public Arts – Past, Present & Future
Saturday, May 16 • 12–4pm

Showcasing public arts and cultural treasures, a map will guide visitors to a series of engaging activities throughout the community. Detailed maps, times & exhibits at www.facebook.com/LexHiddenTreasures Downloadable Map
Along Main Street



Find Paul Revere!
Minute Man National Historical Park
Saturday, May 16 • 11am–2pm

Familes and children will explore the very road Paul Revere traveled on dur-ing his midnight ride. Visit Whittemore House and learn about daily life in 1775 through hands-on exhibits at Minute Man Visitor Center. Enjoy a fun play about Paul Revere written and performed by the Guild of Historic Interpreters.
Battle Road Trail, Minute Man Visitor Center/Whittemore House, 250 North Great Road



Nipmuc Culture: Sarah Doublet’s Nashoba Village
Saturday, May 16 • 10am–4pm

Visit Sarah Doublet Forest, a remnant of he Nashoba Praying Indian Village
established in 1654. Learn about Nipmuc/Nashoba Indian culture, beliefs, food, daily life, and games and enjoy guided walks along the trails marked with interpretive signs highlighting sites relating to Native American, Colonial andrecent culture. This is a free, enjoyable outdoor learning experience for people of all ages. For program details, click here. Program Flyer. Schedule of Events.
Sarah Doublet Conservation Land, Nashoba Road to Charter Way



Salem Street Cemetery Walking Tour
Saturday, May 16 & Sunday May 17 • 11am

Hidden from view for many years by a large stone wall, Salem Street Cemetery has recently been revitalized and exposed to view. This walking tour will illustrate the varied people buried there from publishers, reformers and business people to revolutionary and civil war soldiers.
Salem Street Cemetery, Salem Street
(near Malden Square)



Stories in Black & White: The Eternal
Residents of Cross Street Cemetery

Sunday, May 17 • 2pm

This program focuses on the extended Revaleon (Revalyon) family of free blacks (mulato) who called the Riverside neighborhood their home from the 1820s to circa 1860. They worked and lived among white shipbuilders, merchants and artisans. Thomas Revaleon, a successful barber in Medford Square, his Native-American daughter-in-law and several family members are buried in Cross Street Cemetery in close proximity to the same white families they knew in life. Local historian Dee Morris will guide attendees on this tour.
Cross Street section of Oak Grove Cemetery, 230 Playstead Road ( Main Entrance)



Sidney M. Shattuck’s Bird Collection
Saturday, May 16 • 11am–3pm

View this significant personal collection of over 100 local stuffed birds on permanent display in the Lyceum Room of the library and participate in an Identify the Bird contest and origami bird making for children. Anyone of any age interested in nature, conservation or historic collections will be interested in seeing these birds. Program Flyer pdf.
Lawrence Library, Lyceum Room, 15 Main Street



Playing Around — Toys Toys Toys
Saturday, May 16 • 9am–2pm

Explore the collection of antique toys including board games, marbles, dolls and other items on display, along with some toys that visitors can play with. A free toymaking workshop for children will take place and there will be vintage toys for sale. Refreshments will be served. Program Flyer pdf.
Shirley Historical Society & Museum, 182 Center Road


West School

Stow's One-Room School Houses
Saturday, May 16 • 10am–4pm

Come tour the exhibit during Springfest on display in Stow's Center School lobby with easy-viewing access and interactive activities for all ages from preschoolers to the young at heart. Test your skill at early 19th century penmanship, view school aritfacts including the 1829 Roster from School District #1, and snap a photo before the backdrop of Old West School. A video recreation of A Day at West School made as an Eagle Scout project will be looping continuously. Program Flyer
Center School, Upper Lobby, Route 117 (Great Road)



Howard Park & Townsend Minuteman Encampment
Saturday, May 16 • 10am–4pm

Bring a picnic lunch and your family and come celebrate our park. Learn about its landmarks, the native flowers and plants, and the early efforts made to protect this land from development. Watch the Townsend Minuteman Encampment—they’re recruiting new members to contain the town’s Tories! Program Flyer pdf.
Howard Park, Townsend Center



Woburn's Road to Revolution
Saturday, May 16 • 12–3pm

Greeters will narrate the history of the road and events of April 19th, with some scenes played out by re-enactors in period dress, and how those events affected the residents of Woburn. Narrations will be every fifteen minutes, beginning at noon. Following the presentation, the Guides will lead visitors who wish to walk the actual Road, which remains much as it was in the 18th century.. Souvenirs for participating children. For further information see Woburn's Road to Revolution on FaceBook at facebook.com/battleroadwoburn or call 781-933-4976.
Battle Road Conservation Area, Tarky Park, 256 Russell Street

Freedom's Way works in partnership with the National Park Service to connect the people, places and communities of the Heritage Area through preservation, conservation and educational initiatives to protect and promote our shared resources and to encourage residents and visitors to explore our landscape, history and culture.

Strollin' and Rollin'

The Hidden Treasures Weekend is an evolution of the Strollin' & Rollin' self-guided tours that have taken place in prior years. Twelve towns created heritage tours to highlight their distinctive places as well as created special programs to highlight these treasures. To explore the earlier heritage tours, please visit the links to those towns below.

Ayer | Bolton | Clinton | Devens | Harvard | Hollis | Lancaster | Littleton
Lunenburg | Leominster | Shirley | Sterling