PIoneers of Harvard House Tour

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The 2015 Historical Society House Tour celebrates some of the oldest homes in town, whose residents were influential "pioneers". Each house represents the era in which it was built and also the changes various homeowners made through the years. Visitors will learn of the rich history of each house and will also meet one of the home's most prominent inhabitants. These pioneers will relate highlights of their lives and talk about Harvard in the "good ole days." Tickets on sale. Save $10 by ordering now using this form [PDF].


The Pioneers of Harvard House Tour is from 10:00 AM-4:00 PM Saturday, October 24th and includes eight homes of outstanding people who shaped Harvard’s history. Early ticket pickup is available Monday, October 19th, 7:00-9:00 PM at the Harvard Historical Society, 215 Still River Road, Harvard. On the day of the tour, ticket sales and pickup will begin at 9:00 AM at the Congregational Church of Harvard located at 5 Still River Road. Because of very limited parking, please park at the Bromfield School, 14 Mass Ave for ticket pickup and town center homes that are on the tour. The other homes will have their own designated parking.

The tour is self-guided; you may tour the houses in any order you wish. Your ticket is the Program Booklet which includes a general map and a history of each house. Each house will have interpreters to talk about the highlights of the home. You must show the Program Booklet at every house for admittance. A wine reception at the Harvard Historical Society, 215 Still River Road will follow the tour.

Lunch options

Check the ticket/program booklet for lunch options from our advertisers or order a box lunch when you buy your ticket. Box lunches must be reserved in advance and will be prepared by Fireside Catering to be picked up at the Congregational Church of Harvard, where tables and chairs will be available. Box lunch is $12 per person and includes sandwich, homemade chocolate chip cookie, chips and bottled water. Choices are: Turkey sandwich on sourdough with cheddar cheese, red pepper aioli, lettuce and tomato, or grilled vegetable sandwich on ciabata with goat cheese, spinach, pesto, oil, salt and pepper, or tuna sandwich on whole wheat bread with lettuce and pickles. Dietary restrictions available. A pass for Fruitlands Museum admission is included with your box lunch.


Tickets are $40 each when bought before October 24th or $50 on the day of the tour.
Proceeds support the Harvard Historical Society operations and public programming. 
Order tickets using this form [PDF].

When visiting the houses

You will be asked to remove your shoes at each house. Photography is not permitted inside the houses. Restrooms are located at the Congregational Church of Harvard.


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