EVENTS in 2018


Samuel Stetson’s Hanover in the 18th Century
An illustrated talk by Stephen O’Neill, Executive Director, Hanover Historical Society
Saturday, Feb.24, at 3pm at the John Curtis Free Library, 534 Hanover St, Hanover, MA 02339

Town Historian J. S. Barry wrote in 1853 that Samuel Stetson was “called “Drummer” Stetson…and was a somewhat noted man in his day, his house being a tavern stand, and a famous place of resort.” Learn what life was like in Colonial Hanover through one of its first residents, Drummer Samuel Stetson (1673-1760) and his family, his house in Hanover Center, and his town in the 18th Century.


First Regiment of Foot Guards at Stetson House

Saturdays, March 10 & 24, from 9am to noon
Grounds of the Stetson House, 514 Hanover Street, Hanover, MA 02339

On March 10 & 24, from 9am to noon, the First Regiment of Foot Guards, a reenactment group portraying British soldiers of the American Revolution, will be drilling at the Historic Drummer Samuel Stetson House. The group is preparing for their role the battle reenactment at Lexington & Concord on Patriots Day weekend in April. Although not dressed in their red uniforms, the group welcomes you to learn more, come watch the drilling, and speak with them about their roles and the American Revolution.

The Guards invite you to join their ranks!


Drinkwater Memories
Wednesday at 7pm, March 28, 2018
Hanover Senior Center
665 Center Street, Hanover, MA 02339

Join Hanover Historical Society’s Co-President Les Molyneaux as Moderator for a discussion on Drinkwater Memories, with special guests Robert Clark, Kenton Greene, and Eleanor Nawazelski as they share their memories of the Drinkwater section of Hanover.

No charge, light refreshments.



Touch-a-Fire Wagon
Station 5 Fire House, 1095 Broadway, Hanover
Sunday, April 8th, 12 noon to 3pm

Bring your camera and your family to Touch-a-Fire Wagon!
Explore the Station 5 Fire Fighting Museum, see the displays on the National Fireworks Company and the history of firefighting in Hanover, and see the restored 1909 North Hanover Company Fire Wagon!
$10 suggested donation



Drinking Vessels
A new exhibit at the Stetson House
March 31 to July 28, 2018

The Hanover Historical Society owns many different types of drinking vessels, glasses, mugs, bottles, jugs, all used for different beverages and for different ways of drinking.
See these various kinds on display at the Stetson House from march 31 to July 28th, 2018



Stetson House Tavern Night–SOLD OUT!

The Hanover Historical Society invites you to a night of colonial merrymaking! Leave your 21st century troubles and cares behind, grab a mug of ale, and join the good folks at Burke’s Alewerks for the best hospitality in all of 18th century Hanover.

Revel with your fellow Hanoverians as we lift our glasses in celebration, raise our voices in song and determine the fate of Colonial America! Sample rustic fare, play authentic games and learn boisterous songs in a spirited colonial tavern atmosphere. Let joy be unfettered and laughter unchained with the Hanover Historical Society. Join us Saturday, April 28th from 4-8pm in the Barn behind the Stetson House. For tickets, please call Hanover Historical Society event coordinator Maura Longueil at 508-212-4182.

Thank you to our corporate sponors for this special event!









Barstow’s Two Oaks Shipyard Walk

Saturday, May 12, 11am
Shipyard Lane, Hanover
$5 HHS Members, $10 Non-Members

Caleb Estabrooks will lead a very special opportunity to tour the site of one of the North River’s most famous and productive shipyards, Barstow’s Two Oaks. Hear about the history of the yard, the ships built here, and see objects found on the property.

Mothers’ Day High Tea

A little cup of love certainly goes a long way!
The Hanover Historical Society requests the pleasure of your company for Mothers’ Day High Tea at the Stetson House.
Sunday, May 13th at noon.
Tickets $20 per adult, $12 for children 12 and under. Includes finger sandwiches, cookies, tea & desserts.
To purchase tickets, please call Hanover Historical Society event coordinator Maura Longueil at


Paint Night at Stetson House!

Wednesday, May 23rd, 6:30pm – 9pm

Join us to create a one-of-a-kind painting (we make it so easy!) and enjoy a unique night out. No painting experience needed, as you will be guided, step by step throughout the class. Canvases, paint brushes, paints & easels are provided for your use, and you will leave with your very own masterpiece! On Wednesday, May 23rd, 6:30pm-9pm, we’ll join local artist, Kelly Burke, as she guides us through creating our own images of the Stetson House. Seating is limited. Cost is $35 per person for members, $40 non-members. To purchase tickets, please call Hanover Historical Society event coordinator Maura Longueil at 508-212-4182.


Dinner Under the Stars

Kick off the summer on Saturday, June 23rd at the Stetson House. Connect with loved ones, family and friends over cuisine expertly crafted by our chefs while enjoying a beautiful evening under the starlit sky. Your table awaits. As outdoor space is limited, reservations are recommended to secure your place at Dinner Under the Stars. Menu includes mixed greens with a lemony vinaigrette, roasted potatoes & roasted root vegetables, a chicken pie with gravy inspired portion and for dessert… Paired with a late harvest sauvignon. Cost is $35 per person for members, $40 non-members.  To purchase tickets, please call Hanover Historical Society event coordinator Maura Longueil at 508-212-4182.


Authors’ Talk and Book Launch

The Hanover Historical Society presents a special authors’ talk and signing to celebrate the publication of two new books on local history. Join us on Monday, June 25th, from 6:30pm to 8pm, at the John Curtis Free Library, to meet the authors, Leslie Molyneaux and John Galluzzo, and hear more about their new books. Copies of both books will be available for purchase.
6:30pm to 8pm, Monday, June 25th, 2018,
John Curtis Free Library
534 Hanover Street, Hanover, MA 02339

Thomas Drew’s South Shore, By Leslie J. Molyneaux
Thomas Drew (1845–1913) was a country storekeeper in the town of Hanover, Massachusetts, with a fascinating photography avocation. While he used his camera skills to create postcards and souvenir china of local scenes to sell in his South Hanover store, he also found time to preserve the images of family, friends, and South Shore landmarks on his glass-plate negatives. Drew’s adult life was spent in a home on the banks of the Indian Head River in Hanover, almost across from his general store. His darkroom was his kitchen; his portrait studio, a burlap tarp hung outside. In his free time, he traveled the South Shore capturing scenes of interest to him, among them the shipwreck of the Helena in Scituate, the Stetson Shrine in Norwell, Hira “Bill” Bates’s gunning stand on Oldham Pond in Pembroke, the Phillips beach cottage at Brant Rock, and his father’s general store at Harding’s Corner in Hanson.

Historic Hanover: Tales of a Quaint New England Town
Compiled by the Hanover Historical Society and John J. Galluzzo
When Barbara Barker arrived in Hanover in 1964, she fell in love with the community. That initial infatuation made her one of the South Shore’s most well-known, widely read and beloved historians. In this collected work, the Hanover Historical Society shares the stories Barbara Barker loved to tell, of the early days when shipbuilders and oxen drivers were as prevalent as farmers and hoteliers. Step inside the old village markets and ride along the old back roads or on the tracks of the Hanover Branch Railroad to see what Hanover once was and what remains today.