News of the Society

  • Holly Berry Fair
    The Phillipston Congregational Church on the Common in Phillipston, MA is sponsoring the 4th Annual “Holly Berry Fair” and “Visiting with Santa” being held in the vestry of the church on Saturday, December 2nd from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Picture taking with Santa will be available.

    An assortment of items will be available for purchase. Among the vendors are Christmas Attic Treasures, Jewelry, Candles, Holiday Sweets, Ladies Benevolent Society Handmade Crafts, Fudge & Candy, and lots more.

    A fantastic luncheon is being prepared by the Phillipston Lion’s Club including a variety of Soups, Sandwiches, Loaded Baked Potatoes, Whoopie Pies, Apple Crisp and Drinks. Bring your friends or meet them there to begin and/or finish up your Holiday Shopping with local vendors.

    Come one, Come all to enjoy the holiday season and cheer!
    Posted Nov 21, 2017, 6:02 AM by Karl Hakkarainen
  • Phillipston Weigh-In & Country Village Fair Phillipston, Mass.

    The 38th Annual Pumpkin Weigh-In and Country Village Fair will be held again this year at The Red Apple Farm in Phillipston, MA on Saturday, October 7, 2017, from 11am to 3pm and Sunday, October 8, 2017 from 11am to 5pm. The rain date for Saturday, October 7th will be Monday, October 9th. The Giant Pumpkin Weigh-In will be held at 1 pm on Sunday. Anyone is welcome to enter, so bring your pumpkin over to the Red Apple Farm for registration between 11am and 1pm on Sunday, there is no registration fee. . Cash prizes will be awarded along with Ribbons in two divisions, Adult and Children. A special Luther Award will be awarded for the smallest pumpkin. This event is the oldest continuous Pumpkin Weigh-In in New England with a search for the largest pumpkin. The Pumpkin Weigh-In, is being hosted by the Phillipston Agricultural Commission. This year another classification will be any pumpkin, big, small, ugly, funny colored or what have you with ribbons given out for these different special pumpkins being judged by the Agricultural Commission. A Church Service, open to all will be held at 10am on Sunday, October 8th at 10 am. Come join us for this wonderful outdoor service.

    Come to our Country Village Fair, children’s activities will be located to the left, take the path by the rabbit pen and see what you can find to play and enjoy. One of the activities will be small pumpkins for the children to paint and/or decorate and take home. There will be 2 wood raffles this year, one for a ton of pellets donated by a church member and the other being a pick up load of cord wood donated by Green Natural Resource Management. The drawing for these raffles will be on Sunday October 8th at 4 pm, make sure you buy your tickets. The annual Quilt Raffle, “Fairy Tales of Yore”, made by one of the Ladies Benevolent society members, Barbara Sanden, will be drawn on Sunday October 8th at 4 pm. It will be on display and raffle tickets will be available to purchase.

    Be sure to visit the Country Village area where there will be a Silent Auction with a drawing for each day, Vintage Jewelry, Slightly Read Books, Craft Items and the must have “Pumpkin Sweatshirt”, get yours now, not many left. The Chuckwagon, located near the hay rides, will be serving Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers, Hot Dogs, Chili, Chili Dogs, Chili, Homemade delicious soups and drinks. Next to the Chuckwagon, is our famous bake table so you may buy goodies to take home or eat as your desert. Community Information booths, Petting Zoo, Cotton Candy & more will be located along the way.

    Come join us for a fun filled time. For more information call 978-516-8061.

    Posted Oct 1, 2017, 2:56 PM by Karl Hakkarainen
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Historical Society of Phillipston, Inc.

2015-2016 Directors, Officers, and Committees

Board of Directors (Officers + Directors)

President – Jane French

Vice President – Emelda Haughton

Treasurer – Gerry Gariepy

Asst. Treasurer - Leslie Dossett

Clerk – Patricia Hawkins

Historian – Terri Johnson

Curator – Jane French

Director (1 yr) – Brian Ward

Director (2 yrs) – Richard Hamel

Director (3 yrs) – Nancy MacEwen


Correspondence Clerk - Carole Gariepy

Membership Clerk – Kay Deans

Asst. Curator - Terri Johnson

Building Committee

Chair: Linda Langevin

Gerry Gariepy

Gerhard Fandreyer

Russell Flagg

Leo Reponen

Peter Richard

Dave Bramhall

Jim Potter (Alternate)

Nominating Committee

Chair: Emelda Haughton

Sally Kastberg

Bea Erickson

Program Committee

Chair: Carole Gariepy

Stephanie Flynn

Publicity Committee

Claire Adomaitis

Kay Deans

Ryan Twohey

Karl Hakkarainen

Hospitality Committee

Chair: Marie Lalena

Marilyn Holway

Colleen Richard

Mary Polchlopek

Ways and Means Committee

Chair: Emelda Haughton

Nancy MacEwen

David Bramhall

Evelyn (Dee) North


The Society’s mission is to cultivate an interest in the history of Phillipston through research and education as well as to collect, preserve and exhibit its historical artifacts and documents.

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The former Methodist church built c. 1849 and located on Rt. 2A has been converted into the Society’s 3-season museum.

Summer Hours

Wednesday and Sunday 1-3PM or by appointment.

The museum is dedicated to the people of town.


We are looking for volunteers who can welcome visitors during museum hours. Jane will train you on the exhibits and other features of the museum and help you with questions that visitors may bring. Society members and other townspeople who would like to help can call Jane at 978 249 4356.


The Society uses PastPerfect® museum software to catalog its collections.

Programs and Projects

Monthly Educational Programs

Topics are historical in nature and focus on some aspect of Phillipston's history. See our calendar for information about upcoming events. See the 2013-2014 program flyer (PDF) for additional information.

The Phillipston Tattler

The Society’s newsletter keeps members aware of programs, activities and resources of the Society.

The Spirit of Phillipston

A comprehensive history of the town written and illustrated by three members of the Society.  This book is available through the Society for $30.00 plus shipping and handling.