Every 15 minutes 7–8:15 PM
Worcester Rural Cemetery, 180 Grove Street

You won’t want to miss this flashlight-guided tour where you will interact with spirits of prominent Worcesterites.  Be sure to bring a flashlight.

This is a Members only event.  Registration required.  Call 508-754-8760 to register or email Megan at m.burgessblomgren@preservationworcester.org.

Not a member and want to participate?  We are offering $10 off new memberships through October 19th.

6:00 pm
425 Salisbury Street, Worcester
Reservations required.

Join us for this prelude to the Holiday Stroll at The Lyman Gordon House (aka Knollwood).   One of Worcester’s grandest houses, Knollwood was built as the 20 room private residence of Worcester industrialist Lyman Gordon (1861-1914), a founder of the Wyman Gordon Company, manufacturers of drop forgings.  Designed by an outstanding Boston architectural firm, its imposing design was inspired by French manor houses of the 17th and 18th centuries.   The property took the name “Knollwood” after its purchase in 1917 by prominent Worcester industrialist, Lucius J. Knowles, president of Crompton & Knowles Loom Works, who had previously made his home nearby at 15 Massachusetts Avenue.  Details to come.

10:00-11:30 am
Meet at the corner of Pleasant and Oxford Streets
Led by Cindy Shenette, Preservation Worcester docent 

Hidden right on the edge of downtown, Crown Hill is a beautifully preserved neighborhood of mid-19th century middle class dwellings. Learn about the Greek Revival style and find out about Crown Hill’s 1970s restoration and the recent establishment of the Crown Hill Historic District.   The tour ends on Congress Street with a visit to a neighborhood house and garden.

Free for members. $5 for non-members.
RSVP suggested, but not required. Call 508-754-8760 for details or to reserve.

Sorry no dogs allowed on our walking tours.

5:30 PM-8:30 PM
The Park View Room, 230 Park Avenue, Worcester

Join us for a viewing of this thought provoking documentary that examines how a work of art transformed Providence, RI. 

WaterFire has captured the imagination of more than 15 million visitors gaining national and international attention. This compelling one-hour program will take you behind the scenes of one of America’s most extraordinary events, with its sparkling bonfires and enchanting music.  The evening begins with an informal reception followed by a showing of the documentary and a panel/audience discussion.

This event is sponsored by Preservation Worcester and the Central Mass American Institute of Architects. Free and open to the public. Registration is requested, but not required.  Email info@preservationworcester.org to register.

The Park View Room, 230 Park Avenue, Worcester

Preservation Worcester is pleased to announce that it is once again hosting the MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival. 

Join us September 27 to Oct 6, 2018 when over 100,000 film lovers unite in over 300 cinemas across 6 continents to view and vote on the finalists films in the 21st Annual MANHATTAN SHORT Film Festival. 

The films will be shown evenings at 7:00 from Thursday, September 27 to Saturday, September 29th as well as Friday, October 5th and Saturday, October 6th.  There will be one matinee showing on Sunday, September 30th at 4:00 PM.

Click here to purchase tickets via Eventbrite. 


Noon to 4:00 PM
The Preservation Worcester Holiday Stroll is a seasonal favorite for those who enjoy fine architecture, who delight in the opportunity to enter some of Worcester’s architectural gems, and who enjoy wandering through grand homes decorated for the season.  Whether you are looking for ideas for your own home or are interested in the rare opportunity to view exceptional architecture and design, we know that our Stroll will provide a wonderful kick-off to the holiday season. By attending our December 2nd Holiday Stroll, you not only experience one of Worcester’s most cherished seasonal events, you also support the important work of Preservation Worcester.  Details to come.


We invite you to join Preservation Worcester at our sale of architectural treasures and unique home furnishings.  

Importantly, as a friend of Preservation Worcester, we ask you to contribute items to our sale.  Start your spring cleaning early and donate quality items that are in good shape.  We will review the items and pick them up if necessary. Please drop off items at our headquarters during business hours and no later than October 6th. 

Through donating you will receive the benefit of a tax deduction as well as the pleasure of supporting Preservation Worcester!

Preview 11:00 – Noon ($20 donation)
Yard Sale: Noon – 3:00 PM (Free)