The Jacobs Farmhouse is considered Society Headquarters and is located at 4 Jacobs Lane in Norwell. The house was originally built in 1726. Members of the Jacobs family lived in the house continuously until 1939 when it was given to the Society for the Preservation of New England Antiquities (today called Historic New England). The Norwell Historical Society oversees the museum on the right side of the Farmhouse. The museum is open for tours at our events and by appointment (e-mail the Society HERE to inquire about a tour). A video tour is available HERE.
The Norwell Historical Society Research Library and Archives Center on the 3rd floor of the Sparrell School is open on Thursday mornings from 10:00 am until noon, or by appointment (please e-mail the Society here to make an appointment).
The Archives house numerous historic documents and artifacts.
The Research Library is also newly housed at this location. Need to do research? Like to access our collections? Please contact us--we love to help with research.
President: Wendy Bawabe
Secretary: Sarah Jane Baker
Treasurer: Marybeth Shea
Archivist: Janet Watson
Board Members: Laurie Detwiler, Chad Forman, Christian Jevne, Stephen O'Neill, Alan Prouty, and Jody Vermette
The Society Board meets monthly on Wednesdays from 2:30-3:30 (see the EVENTS page for the up-to-date schedule). Meetings are open to everyone.
The following is a listing of past presidents of the Norwell Historial Society, which was established in 1935:
Joseph Foster Merritt (1935-1940)
George C. Turner (1940-1952)
William Gould Vinal (1952-1955)
Margaret Crowell Dumas (1955-1963)
John Hale Chipman (1963-1967)
Quentin Coons (1967-1969)
Richard McMullan (1969-1971)
Richard Leahy (1971-1973)
Joseph Carty (1973-1976)
Jon Bond (1976-1979)
William Garside (1979-1982)
Jeanne Garside (1982-1988)
Grace Carty (1988-1989)
William Slattery (1989-1991)
Sally Medeiros (1991-1994)
Robert Norris (1994-1995)
Gertrude Daneau (1995-1999)
Thomas & Alice Hyslop (1999-2003)
Thomas Hyslop (2003-2004)
Robert Norris (2004-2008)
Wendy Bawabe (2008-present)
Photo: Presidents of the Norwell Historical Society gathered at the 75th anniversary (in 2010) of the founding of the Society in 1935. From left to right, Joseph Carty, Grace Carty, Bob Norris, William Slattery, Wendy Bawabe, and Gertrude Daneau.