LHS Programing 2020-2021

The “Granite Kiss”: A History of Stone Wall and Stone Wall Building in New England

On Sunday, October 17, 2021, the Lancaster Historical Society hosted a program featuring Kevin Gardner who is an expert on New England stone walls which are very much a part of our regional landscape.  They’ re everywhere!


Written in 2003

Kevin Gardner

Written in 2007

To view a recorded video of the “Granite Kiss”
presentation CLICK HERE.

Lancaster Town Hall Auditorium
As he spoke, Kevin built a miniature stone wall to “Keep his hands busy” while he delivered his presentation.

Lancaster’s Thayer Family Series

A 6-Part Video Series on the History of the Thayer Family in Lancaster

Originally broadcast on Sterling-Lancaster Community TV (SLCT)
Comcast Channel 8 now viewable here.

Presented by Heather Lennon

Part 1The Founder & the Fortune-Makers – VIEW
Part 2Nat Thayer III Family & “The Homestead” – VIEW
Part 3The “Red House” on the Hill – VIEW
Part 4The Two Evrt’s “Fairlawn” & “Crownledge” – VIEW
Part 5John E. Thayer II Family & the JET Estate – VIEW
Part 6Bayard Thayer Family & “Hawthorn Hill” – VIEW
Map showing former Thayer properties in South Lancaster

Freedom’s Way Hidden Treasures Program

Featuring New Historical Sign and the Twenty-Two Sites of the Early Lancaster Settlement Self-Guided Tour Map

The Lancaster Historical Society was fortunate to be awarded grant money from the Freedom’s Way Heritage Area and the Massachusetts Cultural Council to be used to fabricate and install a new sign to identify a significant site of the town’s early settlement.

We held a program that featured the unveiling of a new sign designating the location of Lancaster’s first two meeting houses. Where sign fabricators Mary and Allan Zoll, unveiled the sign identifying this significant site.

The program also included the release and distribution of our new self-guided tour map of Twenty-Two sites of the Early Lancaster Settlement. Click here to review the map, find out how to get a hardcopy, or to download.

Sunday, May 23rd Event Attendees
Visitors: 1024