OUR GROUNDS

We are located on 11 lovely acres.  Our collection is quite vast and covers many time periods throughout Freetown's history. Our exhibits range from Native Artifacts, to Civil War, as well as agriculture, fishing, and manufacturing tools. We have something for everyone to enjoy!   Explore our main museum and buildings below and come visit them in person.

We are lovingly restoring the Jenkins house, which holds an amazing story. We are also building a replica of the East Freetown Garage.  Come by and see our progress on these exciting new projects. 

Built in 1914, and donated by the Stillwater Charities Foundation, the building was originally used for screening cranberries, by the Bullock Cranberry Company and then as a warehouse by Stillwater Associates of East Freetown.   

Rooms from several historic homes located on South Main Street were removed and reconstructed within the building; the keeping room from the Hathaway house, and the parlor from Captain Job Terry's house built in the 1830s.  An area of the museum displays items typical of the early 1900s kitchen from the ice box and cast iron stove to the utensils and appliances.

The rooms on the upper level of the museum display bedrooms; an adult's room and a child's room which displays toys that were common to the period. At the lower level of the museum there are antique cars and a hand pumper from 1846 that was an early part of Freetown's Fire Department.  

Other displays include the Civil War memorabilia, and a library contains genealogical material of the families in the area as well as vital statistics from other towns. 

Main Museum

 
 

 

 

 

 

The Gazebo houses the 1915 bronze bell from the steeple of the Methodist church that was formerly on Middleboro Road in East Freetown.

Gazebo

 

 

 

 

 

A replica of an early version of a garage.  In it you will find an assortment of agricultural tools as well as a small printing shop with hand and foot operated presses.  It also houses a restored 19th century ladder wagon, horse drawn carriage, sleigh, and a meticulously restored omnibus. 

Carriage Shed

 

 

 

 

Formerly located on the corner of Middleboro Road and Mason Road in East Freetown.  It educated Freetown students from grade 1 to grade 8.  

You will be able to hear the original bell from the school which first rang in 1894.  It contains many of the original desks as well as blackboard.  A short walk out back and you will also see a faithfully reproduced outhouse.

Mason's Corner School

 

 

A general store was often the bub of village life.  Information from the store quickly flowed throughout the town.  Ours is a replica of Sharrock's Store, originally located on County Road in East Freetown.  The store was in business from 1918 to 1960.  In addition to groceries and sundries, the local post office was located in the stores in its later years.

The propieter's wife and daughters operated a tea room in the store during the 1920s and 1930s.

General Store

 

 

Our early twentieth century chapel was relocated from Chace Road and is maintained in restored condition.  The building's acoustics provide memorable sounds when the pump organ accompanies the congregation's voices.

Chapel

 

The ​original sawmill, located on the Assonet River, operated on water power from 1820 to 1939.  The original was located on the corner of Elm and Mill Streets.  It operated exclusively on water power from the Tisdale Dam.

Wilson-Rezendes Saw Mill

 

Our shop is a relplica of the Freeman "Barney" Sellars blacksmith/wood-wright shop which was lovated on Elm Street near four corners in the center of Assonet Village.

The original forgse can still be seen in the blacksmith shop.  If you would like to see a demonstration using this forge when you visit, please call ahead.

Sellars-Demoranville Blacksmith Shop

 

Freetown Garage

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Freetown Historical Society
1 Slab Bridge Road
Assonet MA 02702


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