Street Address
514 Hanover Street
Hanover, MA 02339
Mailing Address
P.O. Box 156
Hanover, MA 02339
Hanover History Museum
NOTE: FIRST THREE Saturdays of the month.
Saturday2 PM - 4 PM
Firefighting Museum
NOTE: ONLY LAST Saturday of the month
Saturday2 PM - 4 PM

Four dinner meetings are held annually at Phoenix Lodge, 153 Broadway, Hanover Four Corners. The Stetson House was open with special displays on Memorial Day and Hanover Day. The Friends of the Stetson House organize the decoration and Open House at the Stetson during the Christmas Season.

Admission does not include special events.

General Admission: $5
Members: free
Children under 5: Free
Gift Shop
Online Gift Shop
Special Event Rental
Group Tours
Rachel Lovett, Executive Director
phone: 781-826-9575


The Hanover Historical Society is located in Southeastern Massachusetts, a half hour south of Boston. The society has two museums a historic house c. 1716, which is the society's headquarters and acts as a Hanover History Museum and storage for our collection. The second museum is a firefighting museum which houses our collection of firefighting equipment and display on National Fireworks, a company that produced fireworks and later bombs during WWII in Hanover.

Stetson House, Hanover History Museum, 514 Hanover Street, Hanover MA 02339

Firefighting Museum, 1095 Broadway, Hanover, MA 02339


The Hanover Historical Society is a non-profit organization seeking to promote a better understanding of Hanover's unique heritage by education, preservation, and sharing our resources with the community. Our educational goals are carried out by creating innovative educational programs and sharing our archives with the public. Preservation goals include conserving our vast collection of books, textiles, and objects and providing a stable environment for their future sustainability. The Hanover Historical society encourages a better understanding of the town's history to show how it translates to the present.


The Hanover Historical Society is a 503(c)(3) non profit organization Incorporated within the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on March 1, 1928.

Artifacts Collections

Collections include the following related to the history of Hanover:

  • collection of furniture
  • textiles
  • manufactured goods
  • farming equipment

Research Collections

Collection of large archival materials related to the history of Hanover

Educational Programs

  • educators guide
  • ectures on site
  • lectures at schools
  • special programs i.e candlelit tours
  • special programs i.e graveyard tours
  • community outreach


Performance Areas


Access: General Public, Students, Scholars, Members

Appointment required: Yes


A quarterly newsletter is mailed to members.


Please Note: Second stories in both museums are not handicap accessible, however a picture tour is available. Bathrooms are historic and are also not handicap at this time.



Items for Sale on our website

All items available at Stetson House, Wednesdays 2- 4 PM, by email order for delivery at meetings, or for USPS shipment (extra charge for shipping).

Gift Shop

Online Gift Shop

Special Event Rental

Group Tours