Street Address
66 Church Green
Taunton, MA 02780
Mailing Address
66 Church Green
Taunton, MA 02780
Hours
Year-round (except for one week in March)
Tuesday - Saturday10 AM - 4 PM
Closed on holidays and Saturdays before Monday holidays.
Admissions
Free for children under 12 and student projects, free for OCHS members.
Adults: $4
Seniors: $2
Members: free
Students: $2
Children under 12: Free
Museum Type(s)
Staff
Jane Hennedy, Director

Description

Old Colony Historical Society is an independent, non-profit 501 (c) 3 organization that maintains a local history museum on two floors, research library, and public programs.

Mission

The mission of the Old Colony Historical Society is to collect, care for, and interpret the history of the Taunton, Massachusetts region, collaborating with the community to share meaningful connections between the past, the present, and the future.

History

Founded in 1853, the Old Colony Historical Society is housed in the former Bristol Academy building, a prominent feature of the Church Green National Register District. This Italianate structure was designed by Richard Upjohn in 1852. The Society moved into the school building in 1926. Today, services to patrons are offered by a staff of five and several volunteers. Whether at Historical Hall or at outside sites, the Society maintains an active educational program schedule.

Artifacts Collections

Objects that tell an important story about the Taunton, Mass. region's history, from pre-history to present day. This encyclopedic collection includes:

  • highlights such as silver,
  • portraits,
  • furniture,
  • military items,
  • Native American artifacts,
  • toys and dolls,
  • firefighting tools

Research Collections

Genealogy for Southeastern Mass, particularly Taunton region, and various specialty subjects as listed on website, www.oldcolonyhistoricalsociety.org

Educational Programs

OCHS Meeting Series monthly during the school year, twice annual special exhibits, tours offered each day museum is open, and a variety of special programs and outreach programs.

    Facilities

    Museum on two floors, library on second floor

    Lecture Halls

    Governance

    Board of Directors and Director on staff

    Library

    The library and archives contain major genealogical holdings as well as local history material, newspapers, maps, and images. We specialize in research materials pertaining to Southeastern Massachusetts prior to 1850, with special concentration on Taunton’s early European settlers. The library is open daily for on-site research.

    Access: General Public

    Appointment required: No

    Publications

    Quarterly newsletter, annual report, occasional books and monographs

    • A History of Taunton, Massachusetts

    ADA

    Accessible to the first floor only.

    Wheelchair Accessible

    Parking

    Restrooms