TOWNSEND -- The Townsend Historical Society will hold its fall Open House at the Reed Homestead, 72 Main St., Townsend, on Sunday, Oct. 6, from 1-4 p.m.

Tours of the 1809 Reed House will be available, including the beautiful Rufus Porter mural room on the second floor. Largely unchanged since the early nineteenth century, the house is rich with the history of the town and the family that owned it until 1973. The public is invited to visit, tour and enjoy a warm fire in the hearth along with cider and homemade cookies.

As an added treat, the society will also be offering a book-signing. Local author Karen DiStasio will be on hand to chat with guests about her recently published book Of Blood and Lions: Book One: The Departure. Inspired by an ancient carving she saw in an exhibit of Assyrian art at the Museum of Fine Arts in 2008, Karen has written a saga that spurred one reader to comment "...I anxiously await a sequel. Be advised that once you read Of Blood and Lions you'll never walk into the woods without constantly looking over your shoulder."

Books will be available for sale at less than retail price, $15, with a third of the price going to the Townsend Historical Society that afternoon.

The Open House is free to the public. For additional information, contact the Townsend Historical Society at 978-597-2106 or