Opening Day at Heritage Park Railroad Museum & Union Station
Multiple dates from Sunday, September 17th to Saturday, October 7th
For Immediate Release
Contact: Pam Wiggin,
Wakefield Heritage Commission
Wakefield’s Heritage Sites and Museums Open June 24 for the 2017 Season
WAKEFIELD — Explore Wakefield’s historic sites and museums this season when most of the town’s heritage venues officially open for the season on Saturday, June 24.
The Wakefield Heritage Commission cordially invites the public to the Heritage Park Railroad Museum campus, located in Heritage Park, 282 Main St., in Union, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, June 24, for tours and a dedication ceremony for donors. Heritage Park includes: the Freight House with its railroad museum and HO scale model of the 1909 Boston & Maine Railroad – in vivid, accurate detail – as it served the five villages of Wakefield circa 1909; the restored Union Station, which offers many exhibits depicting the area’s history of ice harvesting, milling and manufacturing; a restored 1902 Russell Snow Plow, and the restored Boston and Maine Railroad caboose #487. The Heritage Park Railroad Museum will be open through the 2017 season on Saturdays and Sundays, from noon to 4 p.m., through closing day on Oct. 9. The venue will open again on Sunday, November 26, for Tour de Chooch, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Visit www.tourdechooch.org for more information on this event.
Located across the road from Heritage Park is the partially restored working Blacksmith Shop, which will be open for viewing on June 24 and by special appointment.
There is also much to see and learn this season in the restored Lovell-Union Grange Hall, home to the Heritage Centre of Wakefield Corner and Stage Stop Museum located in the Town of Wakefield’s Historic District, which is also on the National Register of Historic Places. The museum, located at 26 Province Lake Road near the corner of Wakefield Road, will open on Saturday, July 1, and will be open through the season on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to noon through Oct. 7. The Heritage Centre features artwork, sculpture, and donated or antique artifacts including an antique loom donated by Craig Evans, antique school bells from the town’s local schools, and a hand-made quilt from the town’s oldest families, now more than 130 years old! Demonstrations of the loom by Mr. Evans will be offered. The museum features many exhibits from Wakefield Historian Elizabeth MacRury’s collection of Concord Stage Coach Memorabilia, and offers several of her books for sale.
Gift items such as books, puzzles, specially commissioned mugs and crocks from Deneen Pottery, plaques of Wakefield’s historic landmark buildings, and more are available for sale at Union Station and the Heritage Centre of Wakefield Corner. A new item this year are mugs with the Russell Snow Plow design.
Elsewhere in town, the Spinney Meeting House in South Wakefield has also been restored and is open for tours and booking for special events by appointment.
Special events this season include Union Village Heritage Day, on July 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On July 29 and July 30, the New Hampshire Garden Railway Society will have a display with operating scale railroad models from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Heritage Park.
On Saturday, Aug. 12, WHC member and docent Phillip Twombley will present a talk, “Ice Harvesting in Wakefield,” at Union Station. On Saturday, Sept. 9, WHC member and docent Carroll Shea, Jr., and Fred Cann will present a talk on “The Railroad Telegraph.”
For more information or to make an appointment for a group or school tour, contact Wakefield Heritage Commission Chair Pam Wiggin at email@example.com.
Visit the official WHC website at www.historicwakefieldnh.com for events updates and more information on the town’s historic treasures.
More Information (WASR is not responsible for external websites)
Heritage Park Railroad Museum
1 Chapel Street
Union, New Hampshire
The event runs from 10:00am to 4:00pm on the following dates.
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