STILL RIVER -- A living history tour of Still River and old-fashioned "Chowda" picnic will be held Sunday, Sept. 22, from 2-5 p.m.

Begin at 2 p.m. in the Meetinghouse for a brief overview, meet the "Reverend Parker," hear the bell, then loop around the village, stopping outside several houses to hear the "former residents" tell stories of their lives: the coming of the trains, fires, scandals, taverns, tearooms, stores, farms and dairies.

The picnic will recreate a Still River "Chowda" with music, games, clam "chowda" and Orsamus Willard's famous mint julep and peach toddy (virgin).

Please help us plan by making reservations in advance.

Advance tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for kids five to 12 and free for kids under 5. Tickets include the tour, a bowl of Chowda, "cocktail," and dessert.

Please make a reservation by email at or call 978-456-8285. Tickets on the day of tour are $10 per person.

In case of heavy rain, the event will be held in the Meetinghouse.

Please consider becoming a member of the Historical Society. All our activities are funded by our members.

The Harvard Historical Society is located at 215 Still River Road, Harvard, MA 01451, and can be reached at 978-456-8285,,