Thursday, February 21, 2013
Next year, Lynnfield celebrates its 200th birthday. The historical commission and other town entities are getting ready to mark the occasion. Volunteers are needed to lend a hand.
Thursday, February 21
Thanks to Steve Smith of the Lynnfield Historical Commission for providing this information: While the town of Lynnfield was founded in 1814, it’s interesting to note that the Old Meeting House was built in 1714 and will celebrate its tricentennial. “So we’ll have multiple reasons to celebrate in 2014” said Nan Hockenbury, chair of the Lynnfield Historical Commission. Back in the time when the Meeting House was built, in the pre-Revolutionary era, the area we now know as Lynnfield was part of Lynn, and called Lynn End. This was where Puritans gathered to worship. Thomas Wellman’s A History of Lynnfield is an excellent source for early history of settlers North of Boston who explored the areas in what we now call “North Shore” …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Over the next year or two, Lynnfield Historical Commission will do its first town-wide inventory since 1976.
From time to time, town historical commissions in Massachusetts must compile an inventory of their historic structures - homes, barns, and even cemeteries - and that process has been getting underway in Lynnfield for the first time since 1976. This week, Lynnfield Historical Commission Chair Nan Hockenbury told Lynnfield Patch about the project, which is being carried out by Salem State University student Megan Daley. Work on the project is part-time, and could take as long as a year or two to finish. Basically, Daley will be taking photos of the various historic homes and other structures in town while also checking details like the building style, the year it was built, and whether there are similar structures nearby. The Police …
Friday, July 13, 2012
Lynnfield Historical Commission raising funds for town's 300 year celebration by selling the "Old Meeting House" hosta plants, created by a local horticulturist.
The Lynnfield Historical Commission is raising some money for the town's 300-year anniversary celebration in 2014 by selling a distinctive variety of hosta plant. The plants were out for sale this week at the town concert on the common, at a table staffed by Nan Hockenbury and Linda Gillon of the historical commission. The distinctive variety of hosta was created by a local horticulturist and is named after the town's longstanding symbol, the Old Meeting House. In fact, right now the Lynnfield Historical Commission is the only source of these plants. According to Hockenbury, the leaves have a distinctive bluish tint and the hostas are hearty plants that multiply quickly and grow to about 18 inches tall at maturity. Their flowers are purple…
Tuesday, March 20, 2012
Many town entities in Lynnfield are very, very short on volunteers. If you've been interested in getting involved, there's no time like the present.
In a separate article today on Lynnfield Patch, Townscape President Frances Fleming warns that the future of the town's popular Geraniumfest could be in jeopardy unless some new volunteers step forward to help run the event. As noted later in the meeting by Selectman Arthur Bourque, this is just one of many town entities that has struggled to find new volunteers in recent years. Another town entity looking for some civic-minded individuals is the Lynnfield Historical Commission, which would like to hear from prospective new members and volunteers. Email Nan Hockenbury at email@example.com. Hockenbury noted that the commission has three things on its wish list that would require some fairly specific volunteer assistance. So if you're…