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Historical Areas

Historical Areas in Duxbury, MA

Explore the History and Heritage of Duxbury

Beautiful seaside Duxbury is rich with history and heritage, from the homes and burial sites of prominent Pilgrims to the farmland and mansions of days gone by.

Historic O’Neil Farm

historiconeilfarm.org

Located adjacent to The Village at Duxbury campus, the Historic O’Neil Farm is one of the last working dairy farms on the South Shore and offers many volunteer opportunities.

Duxbury Rural & Historical Society

479 Washington Street, Duxbury
duxburyhistory.org

Located in the historic Nathaniel Winsor, Jr. House at 479 Washington Street, the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society is dedicated to preserving local artifacts, providing a library and archives, and providing access to historically important buildings and land. The home itself, based on designs by Bulfinch and Asher Benjamin, is viewed as one of the most architecturally significant buildings in Duxbury. Open year round Monday – Friday, 9 am to 4 pm.

King Caesar House

120 King Caesar Road, Duxbury
http://duxburyhistory.org/historic-houses/king-caesar-house/

Home to shipping magnate Ezra Weston II, the King Caesar house is noted for its rare French scenic wallpapers, portraits of sea captains and 19th century furnishings. Open to the public in the summer (July-August, Wed-Sun 1-4 pm), the home is operated by the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society.

Gershom Bradford House

931 Tremont Street, Duxbury
http://duxburyhistory.org/historic-houses/bradford-house/

Home to shipmaster Gershom Bradford, the house remained in the family for four generations before being donated to the Duxbury Rural & Historical Society. Open to the public in the summer (July-August, Sundays 1-4 pm).

Myles Standish Burial Ground

Corner of Pilgrim By Way and Chestnut Street, South Duxbury

The oldest maintained cemetery in the United States, the Standish Burial Grounds is the final resting place of Captain Myles Standish, John and Priscilla Alden, Revolutionary heroes, and veterans of the War of 1812.

Myles Standish Monument

Crescent Street, Duxbury
https://www.mass.gov/locations/myles-standish-monument-state-reservation

A 14-foot statue of Myles Standish tops the 116 foot tower on Captain’s Hill in Duxbury. When open, the tower affords stunning panoramic views of 19thcentury lighthouses, Duxbury Beach, Plymouth Harbor and the Blue Hills. The park includes walking trails and summertime picnic areas.

Alden House Historic Site

105 Alden Street, Duxbury
781-934-9092
www.alden.org

Old Shipbuilder’s Historic District
Washington Street from South Duxbury to Powder Point Avenue