Dorchester Historical Society
The Dorchester Historical Society collects, preserves and shares Dorchester history. The Society owns 5 buildings at 2 different locations including the James Blake House (1661), 735 Columbia Road; the Lemuel Clap House (1712, remodeled 1765), 199 Boston Street; the William Clapp Hosue (1806), 195 Boston Street; the Clapp Family Barn (1840s); and a Carriage House (1880s).
The Dorchester Historical Society is looked upon as the natural custodian and repository of material pertaining to Dorchester's past. Documents, records, pictures and other artifacts that donors have entrusted to the Society's care benefit us all. Current exhibits include: Dorchester Pottery, Baker Chocolate, Gleason Pewter, Huebener Collection of Painted Bricks (a record of former Dorchester buildings created by painting a portrait of a building on a brick from the building).
Open on the third Sunday of each month from 11 am to 4 pm, but check www.dorchesterhistoricalsociety.org in case of a change.