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Upcoming Events

Sudbury Plantation: A Puritan History

Saturday, October 15 
2:00-4:30 PM
Wayland Town Building

In collaboration with Wayland Historical Commission and presented by Salvatore L. DeMaio, University of Massachusetts/Boston.

The easternmost section of Sudbury Plantation astride the Sudbury River, settled in 1638, eventually became present day Wayland. The first Town Center of Sudbury Plantation was located in the Old North Cemetery where early settlers are buried. Sudbury Plantation’s first three meetinghouses were located here. Previous research leaves unanswered questions when it comes to the history of North Cemetery and the surrounding land. This lecture will illustrate the type of information that can be obtained from the analysis of historical artifacts by the Anthropology Department of the University of Massachusetts, Boston. The artifacts were collected from the gardens of a neighboring parcel by the previous owner and were donated to the Wayland Historical Commission. The artifacts provide a broad range of dates along with a historical glimpse of one property.

Refreshments: Mary Antes
Program Coordinator: Tonya Largy

The Leveller

Wayland Free Public Library
7:00pm November 3, 2017

When Jacqueline Dembar Greene discovered the legend of Tom Cook, the wily colonial figure haunted her until she gave him a voice.  Was he a thief or was he truly leveling off the fortunes of those who had more than they needed with those who never had enough?  Metrowest’s own Robin Hood became the kernel for her middle grade historical novel, The Leveller set in 1789.   The author will tell us about this person and how she drew on rumor and history to create the book.

Jaqueline Dembar Greene is a Wayland resident and author of 38 books for young readers including the award-winning American Girl Rebecca series.  Autographed books will be available following the presentation.


The Wayland Historical Society is delighted by your interest in us. Please feel free to contact us with your questions, thoughts and comments. Email us at info@waylandmuseum.org

We can be reached in person at the Grout-Heard House Museum at 12 Cochituate Road in Wayland, MA 01778. We are generally open on Tuesday and Fridays from 9:30 to Noon. Our phone number is (508) 358-7959.


“Living in Long Ago Days”

First and second grade girls wearing mobcaps and enjoying the Society’s after-school program “Living in Long Ago Days” in the Campbell Room of the Grout-Heard House Museum. Many thanks to Joanne Davis, Lois Doerr, Molly Faulkner, Kathy Finch, Jane Fontana, Kathy Heckscher, Claudia Heller and Marney Ives. This always popular program was presented this year on four consecutive Tuesdays in March.

Museum History
Grout-Heard House history

The history of the Grout-Heard House dates from 1639, a year after the first settlers arrived in what is now Wayland, when the Sudbury Plantation Proprietors granted Thomas Cakebread acreage including the present house site, as an inducement for him to move from Watertown and to set up a mill in this new town. When Cakebread died three years later, the land passed to a relative, John Grout. It was John Grout’s grandson, Jonathan Grout, who about 1740 built the earliest part of the house, the two front rooms downstairs and two chambers above. During the Revolution, Elijah Bent and his son-in-law, David Curtis, ran a store there—the only known instance where house ownership moved out of the Grout or Heard families.

After the Revolution in 1787, Silas Grout, a blacksmith, bought the house and brought his new wife, Susanna Clapp from Sherborn. There the couple raised five children, Charles, Sally, Jerusha, Susan and William. Silas made many changes to the house, adding the rooms along the back of the house on both floors, raising the roof and putting new larger windows on the front façade. Their daughter, Jerusha, married Newell Heard, postmaster and owner of the “Old Red Store” across the street. Soon the house was crowded with Jerusha and Newell’s family, her two unmarried siblings , Susan and William, and the widowed Susanna Grout, all living there. The south ell, was added sometime between 1820 and 1840 to house the expanding family.

In 1878, the house was moved up Old Sudbury Road to make home for a new Town Hall. After the last Heard heir died, Raytheon bought the property and in 1956 gave the house to the Historical Society. The Society raised the money to move it back to its original site in 1962 and to add a modern kitchen and office above.

The Grout-Heard House now serves as the Society’s Museum, where artifacts, documents, maps and photographs are preserved. The

House is open Tuesdays and Fridays from 9:30 to noon.

Summer Break

The museum will be closed on Tuesday, August 2nd and Friday, August 5th for a summer break. We will re-open on Tuesday, August 9th. Thanks!

Nominating Committee Report

The Nominating Committee is pleased to present the slate of candidates, listed below, for the various Board of Managers, Trustees of Funds and Officer positions for the 2016-2017 year. Please note that during the past year, Debby Jones stepped down from the Trustees...

Wayland Tidbits*

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Toys in the Attic – April 21

Thursday, April 21 7:00 pm At: Large Hearing Room in the Town Building Come bring your prize antique toys (e.g., trains, roller skates, blocks, Tonka trucks, jump ropes, miniature cars, farms, tea sets, doll houses, erector sets, old bikes & trikes, etc., etc.) to...

Easy Being Green – Friday, March 11

On Friday, March 11 at 7:30 PM, Musicians of the Old Post Road presents “Easy Being Green: Young Talent, Early Promise,” the third program from the group’s 2015-16 “Green Season.” The program, which showcases precocious early works by...