The Chelmsford Historical Society, Inc., organized in 1930, is a non-profit
organization of people who care about Chelmsford's heritage and local history.
The society is an educational and cultural resource for the Town of Chelmsford and
the Merrimack Valley,
dedicated to the preservation of the historical heritage of our town for the good
of all of the people of Chelmsford.
Our mission is to collect, preserve, exhibit and interpret documents and
artifacts reflecting the life of Chelmsford and its people from the 17th century to the present.
At our home, the Barrett-Byam Homestead, visitors of all ages
learn about Chelmsford's rich history and culture by touring period rooms and exhibits,
delving into family or local history, and participating in educational programs and social activities.
Hours of Operation: We are open for tours
by appointment only and during special events.
Send an email to arrange a tour or check the Calendar page to see scheduled events.
Directions: The Homestead is located 1¼ miles from Chelmsford Center.
Follow Acton Road (Route 27) one mile from the Center, then turn right onto Byam Road. Continue on Byam Road
a quarter mile to the Homestead on your left.
Membership: Become a member of the Chelmsford
Historical Society and stay informed about our activities, or just make a donation to help sustain our work.
Visit the Membership page to get started.
Board of Directors: If you have an interest in local history and are looking for something meaningful to do
with your spare time, we invite you to sit in on our Board of
Directors meetings as a Member-at-Large. Here is an oportunity to
learn more about your community and meet a fine bunch of people! Send us an email.
Coasters come in six different designs, are $4 each, or four for $15.
There are several historical books by local authors listed on the Publications page.
Our newest souvenir is a 504 piece 16x20 inch picture puzzle available for $20.
All items can be purchased at
Charles Frederick Jewelers at 18
Alpine Lane, or at Historical Society events. Coasters and the three
history books are also available in the Town Manager's office at 50
Billerica Road. If you live outside the area and would like an item shipped, send us an email.