TOWNSEND -- Join us as the shot heard round the world rings out in Townsend once again!

On Saturday, May 31, and Sunday, June 1, visit the Preservation Collaborative Inc. and the Townsend Minutemen at the Townsend Historical Society's Open House. This daylong event will feature a patriot encampment at the Reed House at 72 Main St. in Townsend Harbor from 10 a.m. through 4 p.m.

Throughout the day, the Townsend Historical Society will be giving tours of its circa 1809 Federal-style homestead, best known for its Rufus Porter murals.

Volunteer re-enactors will set up camp, perform military drills and musket firings, and demonstrate military tactics of the 18th century.

Civilian re-enactors will be demonstrating period crafts and activities, including lace-making, candle-dipping, writing, toys and games. You will also be offered a rare glimpse into 18th century cooking as they demonstrate preparation of a noontime meal on the Reed House's kitchen hearth!

The event seeks to demonstrate life during the turbulent times spanning April 1775 through March 1776. Townsend played an important role in these early days of the Revolution. Having received Paul Revere's message from another rider, the militia assembled on the common and marched to North Bridge. They later partook in events at Bunker Hill and even Dorchester Heights, which ultimately drove the British from the City on a Hill.


They ratified the Declaration of Independence when it arrived in October of 1776 and finally, continued to have men serving in various capacities until the war ended in 1781. This rich heritage is important to remember, celebrate and actively partake in.

This day-long celebration is for you and your family. Come down and get a hands-on experience of late 18th century life. General admission is $5 or free with a Townsend Historical Society membership. All children under the age of 18 come free!

For information, please contact the Townsend Historical Society: 978-597-2106.

This program is funded in part by a grant from the Townsend Cultural Council, a local agency that is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency; in partnership with The Preservation Collaborative Inc., Townsend Historical Society and Townsend Minutemen Company.