Worcester native or newcomer?
Discover interesting things your probably never knew about Worcester Common, City Hall, and the history and architecture of downtown. Hear about the Old Burying Ground, cattle shows, and Worcester’s smallest monument, a bronze star in the sidewalk in front of City Hall.
What do a pious Millerit, a hermit, and the owner of Denholms Department Store have in common? Come learn about the Deed Rock, the Worcester hilltop that was deeded to God, and the hermit who called this hilltop home. Hear about the sumptuous summer home built by the owner of Denholms, which was later the home of the president of Worcester’s Crompton & Knowles loomworks. Trace the history of this summer home to motor club to hotel, ending in a fiery demise.
Opened in 1828 and in operation for only twenty years, the now-buried Blackstone Canal had a remarkable influence on Worcester’s future. Learn about this transportation waterway – the catalyst which, over the course of the 19th century, transformed what was then a small, land-locked, county seat into a flourishing industrial city.
Loosen your corset laces and join us as we trace the history of women’s corsets through the years and learn about the Royal Worcester Corset Company, once the largest producer of corsets in the world.
Step back in time to the days when downtown Worcester was bustling with shoppers and turn your thoughts to the city’s former favorite department store, Denholms. Hear about the history of Denholms and see historic photos of the store and people who made it a success.
Picturesque Oread Castle once stood overlooking Main Street – where Castle Park is today. Learn about this long-vanished building, about one of the country’s earliest institutions of higher learning for women, and about its founder and headmaster, Eli Thayer, previously headmaster of Worcester Academy.
Take a mulitmedia tour of Worcester theatres during the heyday of the palace theatre phenomenon of the last century. Explore Worcester’s movie theatre history and architecture – and have all the fun of a Matinee at the Movies. Share memories of your own Movie Palace Days in Worcester.