Wellesley Historical Society
The Wellesley Townsman. Access to the digitized, searchable Townsman (1906-1989) is available through the Wellesley Free Library and funded by the Wellesley Free Library Centennial Fund.
1856 Map of the Town of Needham, Norfolk County, Mass. Courtesy of the Boston Public Library, Norman B. Levanthal Map Center. See areas marked "West Needham" and "Grantville" for areas of Needham that were incorporated as the town of Wellesley in 1881.
1897 Atlas of the Town of Wellesley, Norfolk County, Mass. Courtesy of the State Library of Massachusetts, Real Estate Atlases Collection. Please note: this is a large file and may take several minutes to download.
Wellesley Historical Commission. The WHC is a separate organization from the Wellesley Historical Society. The Commission is a department of the Town government charged with advocating for the protection of the Town's historic assets. The Historical Commission administers the historical house plaque program and their website provides information on historic properties and landscapes in the town of Wellesley.
Norfolk County Registry of Deeds. Access registry of deed information on a property in Wellesley.
MACRIS. Inventories of historic homes in Wellesley and other cities in Massachusetts by the Massachusetts Historical Commission.
Wellesley Historical Society
Society Office Hours
Tuesday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Wednesday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Tollhouse Shop Hours
The Tollhouse Shop features gently used items such as linens, crystal, costume jewelry, silver, and more.
Wednesday, 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to Noon.
Preservation of WWI Collection
Blizzard of 1978 Scrapbook
WWI Letters from the Front
No Glasses Needed to View This Solar Eclipse!
Hathaway House Scrapbook
Art in Bloom!
Thanks Sam Kennedy!
Jack Sanford (2)
Spring Fundraiser: Looking Back on America's Favorite Pastime
1907 High School - History Mystery, March 2017
'I Greet Thee Valentine'
Maugus Club - History Mystery, January 2017
Christmas Card History Mystery
Ether Day - History Mystery, October 2016
The Sharps' War - History Mystery, September 2016
Problem Rock - History Mystery, August 2016
Wellesley Hills Market - History Mystery, July 2016
Harmonica Man - History Mystery, June 2016
Denton Watercolors in Bloom!
Odd Jobs - History Mystery, April 2016
Garden Road - History Mystery, March 2016
Snowstorms of February 1969 - History Mystery, February 2016
The Blue Dragon Tea Room - History Mystery, January 2016
Wellesley Square Train Station - History Mystery, December 2015
The Classic Thanksgiving Meal: Turkey with all the Fixings
Upham Elementary School - History Mystery, Nov 2015
Halloween History Highlight
Town Lockup - History Mystery, September 2015
5 Things You Need to Know about Esther Oldham
Mica Lane - History Mystery, July 2015
Phillips School - History Mystery, June 2015
Diehl's Stable - History Mystery, April 2015
Academy of the Assumption - History Mystery, March 2015
Artist Elizabeth Huntington - History Mystery, February 2015
Diehl's - History Mystery, January 2015
Christmas Cards - History Mystery, December 2014
Wellesley High Football Team - November History Mystery
Halloween History Mystery - October 2014
Wellesley's First Fire Engine - History Mystery, Sept. 2014
Summer Interns Install New Data Loggers
Wellesley Way Back
North 40 / Blossom St. - History Mystery, August 2014
Morse's Pond Ice House - History Mystery, July 2014
Convalescent Home for Children - History Mystery, June 2014
Denton Butterflies in Bloom!
Water Trough - History Mystery, May 2014
St. Andrew's Episcopal Church - History Mystery, April 2014
Ice Sculpture - History Mystery, March 2014
Fells School - History Mystery, February 2014
Linden Street Delicatessen - History Mystery, January 2014
Welcome to the Wellesley Historical Society’s new website!