PEPPERELL -- October is Archaeology Month, the commonwealth's annual celebration of our archaeological past, and dozens of cities and towns in Massachusetts will offer free events about the history of their communities.

As part of Archeology Month, the Pepperell Historical Society will offer "A glimpse of Pepperell's past," a free event at the Community Center on Oct. 19, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The open house will include information about Colonel William Prescott, famous for leading colonial troops during the Battle of Bunker Hill and Prudence Wright, a woman patriot who captured a British spy during the Revolutionary War.

Find information about the Covered Bridge, a hallmark of the town's historic past, and Pepperell's early cemeteries, including images of gravestones from the colonial era.

Learn about many of the industries of our past, including a grist mill in operation as early as 1726, shoe mills, a foundry, Pepperell Springs' award-winning water, and paper, which was made continuously on the Nashua River for more than 150 years.

We'll have a local expert on hand to share information about the Worcester & Nashua Railroad, constructed in 1848, which significantly contributed to Pepperell's growth and prosperity.

For information about Archaeology Month, sponsored by the Massachusetts Historical Commission, visit

We hope you'll join us Oct. 19 for a glimpse into the rich history and unique character of Pepperell.