508-358-7959 info@waylandmuseum.org


Welcome to the Wayland Historical Society.
We invite you to join us in learning about the rich history of Wayland, Massachusetts, USA.

We welcome your questions and comments.

Visit our museum at the Grout Heard house on Tuesday and Friday mornings from 9:30 to noon.
12 Cochituate Road
Wayland, MA 01778

Upcoming Programs

Ceramic bowls


Sunday, March 11 ~ 2:00 PM
Wayland Public Library

Speaker Bob Farrington grew up in Wayland and while attending Loker School the students built a full size Nike Ajax missile in the cafeteria/gym, using cardboard and paper mache. In 1954 the US government determined that Russia would have enough long range bombers to launch a “devastating attack” on America and recommended increasing the defense budget by 300%. In 1954-55 the US Army built a missile base on undeveloped woodland fronting on Oxbow Road in North Wayland and in more than 200 other sites around 40 cities. The Oxbow site and 11 other sites around Boston were initially fitted with Nike Ajax missiles armed with conventional explosives, but in 1958 the Nike Ajax sites, including Wayland’s, were refitted with Nike Hercules missiles which could carry either conventional or nuclear war heads.

Refreshments: Molly Faulkner

Ceramic bowls


Friday, March 9 ~ 7:30 PM
First Parish in Wayland
Many Happy Returns

co-presented by the The First Parish in Wayland and the Wayland Historical Society
Wayland Historical Society members receive $5 discount

Musicians of the Old Post Road returns to the First Parish in Wayland for its 29th annual collaboration with the Wayland Historical Society. “Many Happy Returns” features Baroque works by Couperin, Telemann, Purcell, Rameau, and others, that explore the technique of creating melodic variation atop beautiful repeating bass lines. Soprano Teresa Wakim, First Prize Winner of the International Soloist Competition for Early Music in Brunnenthal, Austria, is the soprano soloist. The acclaimed period instrument chamber ensemble will use historical flutes, violins, cello, and harpsichord for the program.

The concert is dedicated to the memory of longtime Wayland resident and Historical Society member John Heckscher, who served on the WHS Board for 11 years. An enthusiastic music lover, he sang with the Golden Tones and church choirs in Wayland.

Refreshments will be served after the concert.

Information and tickets: call 781-466-6694 or visit www.oldpostroad.org


Our 2017 ~ 2018 Programs
We have nine programs scheduled from September through May.

See a complete list here.

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