| The Dover Historical Society, an all-volunteer
association, was organized in 1895 and incorporated September
1, 1900 to collect, preserve, and exhibit such artifacts, information,
and documents as will throw light on our local history. Any
person may become a member by paying the dues.
The Society offers public programs, and mounts a major exhibit annually at the Sawin
The Caryl House offers educational programs
to elementary classes at the nearby Chickering School, and
programs in The Fisher Barn are being developed for that
The Society also assists members in developing
material supporting the Society's mission. Most recently,
members have published a history of the Dover
Union Iron Mill, and a Historical Insight series using materials
in the Caryl House.
The Society's Annual
Meeting in March highlights the efforts of Dover citizens and others to
describe the community's history.
On February 25, 1901, the General Court of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts established Old Home Week to celebrate and honor returning sons and daughters.
Dover held its first Old Home Day on August
19, 1903, with great success, and followed this with a second
Old Home Day, July 7, 1909, celebrating the 125th anniversary
of the incorporation of the town.
In 2002, the Society decided to revive Old Home Day and
did so on October 5 2002, and then again on October 6,
2003. Both days were received by the community with such
enthusiastic support that Old Home Day is becoming an
annual event to be held the first weekend in October.
Mission of the Dover Historical Society
The object of the Society is to collect (either by gift,
limited time-loan, or purchase), preserve, and exhibit such artifacts,
information, and documents as will throw light upon our local history, to
use our resources to provide interesting and educational services to our
community and the public at large, and in any way to advance the aims of
the Society by such means as are at our command.
HEATHER HODGSON DEPAOLA
HELENA (LAINA) WYLDE SWINY
MEMBERS AT LARGE
The Dover Historical
PO Box 534
Dover, MA 02030