The Lexington Historical Society in Lexington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts runs three historic buildings with tours. “Visit the place where the American Revolution began and hear both sides of the story. Tour the only historically furnished sites relating to the Battle of Lexington on April 19, 1775. Walk in the footsteps of Paul Revere, Samuel Adams, John Hancock, and George Washington.”

The Lexington Historical Society has more than 20,000 curatorial and archival items dating from the 1630s to the present. Society members have on-site access to all genealogical and historical material. There are multiple ways to join the society and several membership levels.

If you’re unable to visit their research library, you can make a research request but it is still required that you become a member first.

They have a small portion of their genealogical and historical collections online including:

  • Loring Muzzey’s Civil War Scrapbook  “Loring W. Muzzey, a Lexington man, compiled a scrapbook with letters, pictures and recollections of his time spent serving the Union.”

  • Documents from the Society’s Archives “This collection of documents from the Society’s collection, spanning 300 years, includes deeds, probate records, letters, programs, and sermons. It is a rich resource for researching Lexington’ s history.”

  • Needlework Samplers – The Society retains an impressive collection of needlework samplers and pictures. The collection can be viewed online as part of the Colonial Dames Sampler Survey. To see samplers related to Lexington history, go to the Colonial Dames’ sampler search page, enter the keywords Lexington Historical Society, and click the “search by owner” box to view our 33 samplers

  • Signs of Change, a Lexington Vintage Sign Exhibit

  • Hancock–Clarke House Archaeology “This is an exhibit of the history of the Hancock Family as it relates to the collection of archaeology found at the house site. Roland Robbins conducted the excavation in 1964-1965 before the house was moved back to its original site. The collection was researched by The Fiske Center of Archaeology at UMASS Boston in 2009-2010.”

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