Phillipston museum reopening

  • The grand re-opening of the Phillipston Historical Society at 50 State Road will be Saturday, July 21. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO

Athol Daily News Staff
Published: 7/12/2018 11:27:50 PM
Modified: 7/12/2018 11:28:03 PM

PHILLIPSTON — The grand re-opening of the Phillipston Historical Society’s museum will be celebrated from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m at 80 State Road (Route 2A) during the day-long antique tractor, engine and car show on Saturday.

The show will be in the field next to Phillipston’s fire/EMS station. Admission is free, and the family-friendly event is open to all.

At 1 p.m., there will be a presentation by state Sen. Anne Gobi and state Rep. Susannah Whipps to acknowledge the occasion.

Visitors will be able to view the many aspects of Phillipston’s history as organized by curator Jane French and her committee inside the museum. They will also opportunities to talk with some of the specialists, including Junior Historical Society members at the Lego display they built of the Town Common as it was in 1890, and Carla Charter, who will share her research findings about the Underground Railroad (a network of secret routes slaves took to escape to freedom) in this area.

During the day, visitors can view a Civil War encampment organized by re-enactor Mike Flye and watch Isaac Gallant make ice cream the historic way — there will be samples.

Then, relax and sing along with Jane French as she plays old favorites on her accordion, and visit the former Ward Poultry Farm’s antique egg incubator shed. Bryan Ward and Gordon Batchelor will share information on how the antique incubator worked.

Also, hop aboard and enjoy a free tractor wagon ride with Brian Langevin, and play some old-fashioned children’s games that Karen Gallant will set up on the front lawn.

You’ll learn about the herding that Barbara Eriksson has trained her border collie to do, and Marilyn Holway and the Barre Lions Club will cook in the food tent.


10:30 a.m. — Presentation by 10-year-old Maple Dubouis and her pet duck “Percy.” Maple has imprinted upon Percy since raising him as a duckling.

11 a.m. — Explanation and demonstration of tracking and police work by officer Bill Chapman with his police dog.

3 p.m. — Show by magician Eddie Raymond.

Owners are welcome to exhibit their antique machines and equipment. Refreshments and lunch will be available for purchase. For more information, call 978-939-5656.

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