Marshfield Historical Society –Fall 2017 Line-up of Events.

 In keeping with the Mission of the Marshfield Historical Society to educate the public and Society members about local history, the Board has approved the following events through the Fall of 2017.

The Marshfield Historical Society’s first Pro-Am lecture of the 2017-2018 season will take place on Sunday, October 15th, 2017. The topic is Boatbuilding in Marshfield: Then and Now with presenters Roger Crawford and Tim Davidson. The venue is Crawford’s Boatbuilding Shop, 1240 Ferry Street,Marshfield at White’s Ferry.

At 1:15 to 1:45 PM, meet at Marcia Thomas House for refreshments and carpool to 1240 Ferry St or drive to Ferry Street directly. Lecture to start at 2:00 to 2:15 PM when Tim Davidson will give an historical perspective of 18th and 19th century shipbuilding on the North River using materials from our archives. This will be followed by Roger Crawford leading the group through his shop to see the manufacturing process for his popular Melonseed class sailboat.

The boat yard building’s size limits the attendance to 22 registered and prepaid ticketholders. Tickets are priced at $5 for members and $10 for non-members. For reservations to the 2017 event, mail your check made out to the Marshfield Historical Society to Jane Davidson, 79 Parker Street, Marshfield, MA 02050. For more information call (781) 801 0392. First come, first served. (The Society plans to hold this same event on October 21st, 2018 for a new group of attendees).

Crawford Boat Building was established in 1976, and for over four decades Master Boatbuilder Roger Crawford has followed in the long tradition of building high quality boats on the banks of the North and South Rivers, sending his craft to ply the waters of not only most of the US states, but Canada, several European countries and the Caribbean. Nearly 775 of Crawford’s traditional rowing and sailing craft have been built in his Ferry Street boat shop.
Join in with us for a tour of his shop, his boats, construction methods and interesting collection of tools of the trade as well as some background on the building of sailing ships on the North River in a spot where they were actually built.


* Suggested donations for the Pro-Am lectures is $10 for non-members and for $5 members. Pro-Am lectures are preceded by free snacks and beverages starting at 1:30 PM through 2:00 PM when the speaker starts. Questions and answers follow. The Marcia Thomas House is located at 65 Webster Street, Marshfield, MA near the Historic Winslow House. It is the Headquarters of the Marshfield Historical Society and houses its museum and archives.


Now Remember to Re-up your membership to enjoy lower fees and to support the mission of the Marshfield Historical Society.  Call Jane Davidson (781-801-0392) for information.