THE "OLD CHELMSFORD" GARRISON HOUSE, located in Chelmsford, Massachusetts, was one of 19 British garrisons in Chelmsford in 1691.  The house has been designated as a National Historical Place and is a practically unspoiled museum piece.   It is a rare example of where and how the common man and his family lived in the early days.  Inside, the house is furnished with beautiful antique furniture and dishes, clothes, cooking equipment, and many other items which a family would have used in their everyday life.  The buttery inside the house contains a very interesting display of early dairy equipment.

In addition to the house, we have a barn with a fascinating collection of old farm tools and vehicles, a Summer Kitchen, a working Blacksmith Shop, an herb garden, the Craft House, the Hill Jock House,  the Fiske House barn, and someday,  the McLaughlin house.

To take a virtual tour of the buildings, Click here.

There are numerous and varied programs and scheduled events during the year, and the public is invited to join in most of them.

Calendar of Events for 2018

|April 14 - Spring Clean-up day - 9 a.m to 3 p.m.
We always need volunteers to help with grounds maintenance!

|April 28 - Spring Clean-up day - 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
We need volunteers to help with grounds maintenance.

|May 12 - Mother Daughter Tea - 12 noon to 2 p.m.
We welcome mothers, daughters, grandmothers, aunts, nieces or friends to the Hill Jock House.  Pots of tea will be served along with tea sandwiches and desserts.  A craft will be presented during the tea.  Tickets are $17.50 per person.  For reservations, call 978-256-8832 or 978-256-5613.

|May - Spring School Program
Out of Town School Children visit the Garrison house.

|June 13 - Annual Meeting & Dinner - 7:00 p.m.
All members are invited to attend, but please let us know to reserve dinner.

|July 3 & 4 - Booth on Chelmsford common - Hours to be posted by the town of Chelmsford.
Visit our booth on Chelmsford common!

|July 12 & 13 - Summer history program - 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. both days
Children can sign up for various activities which will introduce them to our historic facilities, tools and artifacts and give them an appreciation for the past through hands-on experience.  Registration form can be found here.

|July 15 - Sunday Afternoon Tours - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The public is invited to tour the Garrison House in the afternoon.

|August 19 - Sunday Afternoon Tours - 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
The public is invited to tour the Garrison House in the afternoon. 

|September 30 - Colonial Craft Day - 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Our most popular event of the summer. An event for the whole family.  Join us for demonstrations of colonial crafts including blacksmithing, cider pressing, chair caning, soap making, candle dipping, butter churning, hearth cooking, colonial music, the Chelmsford Minutemen, and more.  Admission is free.

|October 2017 - Fall School Program
Chelmsford second graders visit the garrison house.

|October 21  - Handcraft Exhibit - 1p.m. to 5 p.m.
Featuring the work of local artisans with items available for purchase.  A perfect time to find that unusual gift!

|November 4  - Sally's Closet - 1p.m. to 5 p.m.
This event will highlight clothing from the past - Details to come later.

|December 1 - Christmas Craft Fair - 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Our annual Christmas Fair will be held at the Little Red School House on the Common in the center of town.  Come shop for your Christmas gifts and decorations.  Handcrafted items include table runners, wall hangings, angels, wreaths, and more.

All events will be held at:

The "Old Chelmsford" Garrison House
105 Garrison Road
Chelmsford, MA. 01824

unless otherwise noted.

For more information on any event, call (978) 256-8832,
or email email us

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