Lincoln historic sites opening for tours

Lincoln historic sites opening for tours

The historic Hearthside House in Lincoln.

LINCOLN – This Sunday, June 13, several historic sites on Great Road are planning to reopen their doors to the public, many offering tours for the first time in more than a year.

Kathy Hartley, president of the Friends of Hearthside nonprofit overseeing the historic Hearthside House on Great Road, noted that the Town of Lincoln separated from Smithfield 150 years ago this year.

“Visitors are welcomed to step back in time and learn about the history behind some of Lincoln’s most treasured historic sites that have been around well before the town was even formed,” she said.

The Sunday tours include Hearthside, the Moffett Mill, the Hannaway Blacksmith Shop and the Hot Potato Schoolhouse at Chase Farm.

Hearthside is planning fully-guided tours, given by docents in period attire. The focus of the tours are on the families who have called Hearthside home over the last 200 years.

“New history has just been uncovered with the discovery of a rear entrance door, which has now been included with the tour of the restored library as it once was when the home was built in 1810,” Hartley said.

Guided tours begin at 1 p.m., with the last one at 3:30 p.m. Tours last an hour and 15 minutes.

Admission is $12 for adults; $5 for children ages 10-17; and free for Hearthside members. Tickets are sold in advance online at .

An exterior architectural history tour is also being offered for those wishing to stay outdoors. That tour is scheduled for 12:30 p.m., and group size is limited.

Also opening up for tours is the circa 1850 Pullen’s Corner Schoolhouse (also known as the “Hot Potato” School). Visitors will have the chance to see what it was like to attend this one-room school during the 19th century.

A craft activity will be available for children. The cost is a $5 donation per family.

Advanced registration through the website is also suggested because of limited space in the schoolhouse. The schoolhouse is open between 12:30-4:00 p.m.

For the first time in over a year, the Moffett Mill will be open for tours.

“This rare relic from the early Industrial Age which was built in 1812 and appears to be ‘frozen in time’ from when it closed in 1900,” Hartley said. The building sits along Great Road and the Moshassuck River at the edge of Chase Farm Park, and is only accessible by shuttle van.

The van will leave continuously from Hearthside and Chase Farm Park between 1 and 3:30 p.m. for visits lasting 20-30 minutes. Admission is included in the fee for the Hearthside Museum tour, or for a $5 per person fee if only the mill is visited.

Advance registration is also available on the website because of limited space.

Finally, the original Hannaway Blacksmith Shop, circa 1880, will be open for demonstrations at the forge between 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free and there is no need to reserve in advance.

For public safety, those who are not vaccinated are asked to wear face masks.

The tours are sponsored by the Friends of Hearthside, the all-volunteer nonprofit organization that serves as stewards to the town-owned historic sites at the Great Road Heritage Campus at Chase Farm Park.

Proceeds from tours and programs support the continued operation and preservation of these sites.

Hearthside is located at 677 Great Road in Lincoln. Great Road and each of the properties is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as one of the earliest roadways in the country. For more information, contact or 726-0597.