Each month in the Greater Boston Area there are easily dozens of historically related events highlighting the great number of historical sites in the area. This coming September is no different and with fall beginning, it is a great time to get out and about. The following is a list of ten favorites that should be of interest to a range of audiences and ages. As always, preference was given to free or low cost options. However, do not let your search end here and feel free to offer other event options in the comments section.
Behind the Scenes at the Longfellow House: Toilets, Closets, Attic, and Basement
Join a National Park Ranger for a tour looking at areas off-limits during the usual house tours. Space is limited and RSVPs are required by calling (617)876-4491
Location: Longfellow House Washington’s Headquarters National Historic Site
Days: September 5 or September 19
Times: 6 PM
For more information: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/event-listing.htm?eventID=18979
34th Annual Banjo & Fiddle Contest
This special event at the Lowell National Historical Park offers a full day of music, food and family fun. Free workshops on mountain dulcimer, old-time fiddle, old-time banjo, twin and bluegrass fiddle, and bluegrass banjo begin at 10:00 a.m. The contests begin at noon and continue throughout the afternoon.
Location: Boarding House Park, French St, Lowell MA, Lowell National Historical Park
Days: September 7
Times: 10 AM to 6 PM
Cost: Free (Donations appreciated)
For more information: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/event-listing.htm?eventID=18877
Battle Road Trail Walk
Join a National Park Ranger for a 3 1/2 hour guided walk along the historic Battle Road Trail. Learn about the events of April 19, 1775, landscape changes through time, and the American Revolution from the perspective of those who took part.
Location: Minute Man Visitor Center, Minute Man National Historical Park
Days: September 7 and October 5
Times: 12:30 PM to 4:00 PM
For more information: http://www.nps.gov/findapark/event-listing.htm?eventID=7538
Family Tour: What’s Fresh at the Gore Place Farm
Spend a fun afternoon at the farm, feeding the chickens with Farmer Scott and seeing the crops that grow in late summer. On a self guided walk, explore areas not usually open to the public. See the goats, sheep, and llama and find what’s fresh at the farm when you visit the raised beds, row crops and backfields. Fun for families!
Location: 52 Gore Street in Waltham, Massachusetts
Day: September 7
Time: 1 PM to 3 PM
Cost: $5 per family group, members free
For more information: http://www.goreplace.org/kids-and-family.htm
Vintage Base Ball Double-Header
Watch the four teams of the new Essex Base Ball Association, the Newburyport Clamdiggers, Lynn Live Oaks, Lowell Base Ball Nine, and the new (old) Portsmouth Rockinghams, play baseball using 1860s rules. At these fun, historically accurate, games, players pitch underhand, a ball bounced once and caught is an out, and no gloves are allowed.
Location: Spencer-Peirce-Little Farm, 5 Little’s Lane, Newbury, Mass.
Day: September 8
Time: Noon to 2 PM
Cost: Free to Historic New England members, $5 nonmembers
For more information: http://www.historicnewengland.org/events-programs/events-calendar/events-calendar?calStartDate=&searchEvents=vintage+base+ball
Walking Tour of the Woodbourne Area of Jamaica Plain
Organized as one of several walks given by the Jamaica Plain Historical Society, this tour is through a neighborhood developed from 19th-century summer estates into a model suburban enclave. It contains examples representative of New England architecture.
Location: Leaves from Bethel AME church steps, corner of Walk Hill and Wachusett Sts.
Day: September 21
Time: 11 AM to 12:30 PM
For more information: http://www.jphs.org/2013-historic-walking-tours/
Discover Mount Auburn: The Civil War
One of several tours offered as the Discover Mount Auburn program, this tour explores the Cemetery through the lens of the Civil War. In addition to stories of those buried here with connections to the war, the tour visits the haunting monuments of those who sacrificed their lives on the front lines.
Location: Mount Auburn Cemetery; 580 Mount Auburn Street,, Cambridge, MA, United States, 02138
Day: September 21
Times: 1:30 PM to 2:30 PM
Cost: $10 for non-members
For more information: http://www.mountauburn.org/2013/discover-mount-auburn-the-civil-war-12/
The Raven’s Trail: A Walking Tour of Poe’s Boston
This 90-minute tour explores Poe’s connections to Boston, from his birth here in 1809 to his return as a young man in 1827 and his controversial appearance before the Boston Lyceum in 1845. Though Poe spent only about a year living in Boston, he was intensely engaged throughout his career with the writers and editors he called “Frogpondians.”
Location: 160 Boylston Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02116
Day: September 22
For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1409912279230122/
Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day
Across the country, including dozens of locations in the Greater Boston area, museums are participating in the annual Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day and opening their doors. Make sure to print a pass from the website below however to get in for free.
Day: September 28th
Cost: Free with Pass from Smithsonian Magazine Online
For more information: http://www.smithsonianmag.com/museumday/
This will be the final Middle-earth Day at the Higgins Museum. So dust off your traveling cloaks and study up on your runes, or just comb your feet and join us for a day of fun and fellowship.
Location: Higgins Armory Museum, 100 Barber Avenue, Worcester, MA 01606-2444
Day: September 28
Time: 10 AM to 4 PM
Cost: $12 for Adults which include admission to the museum
For more information: http://higgins.org/middle-earth-day-1