Saturday, September 27th and Saturday, October 25th

Around the Common Live Walking Tours

10:00 am

Meet at the corner of Salem and Franklin Streets near Worcester Public Library

Tours are free for Preservation Worcester members, $5.00 for non-members

You may have taken Preservation Worcester's Around the Common self-guided walking tour on your own, but these interactive "live" walking tours offer the advantages of a tour guide and the chance to ask questions and to see and learn more.

The two “live” walking tours offer the advantages of an
“in the flesh” tour guide and the chance to ask questions as you see and learn more about the Common and the heart of the city.  

Reservations are suggested, but not required.

Saturday, October 4, 2014

A Preservation Worcester Bus Tour

Imagining Revolutionary Era Worcester:

Timothy Bigelow, the Salisburys, Paines and the Worcester County Courthouse

Saturday, October 4, 2014
2:00 - 4:00 pm  

Tickets are $10.00 each
Space is limited.  Reservation are required.

To register, call 508-754-8760 or register via email at

Meet at Preservation Worcester, 10 Cedar Street

(parking is available in the lots across the street)  

In September of 1774, when the closing of the Worcester County Court House ousted British rule forever, Worcester was only a small shire town. Today's Worcester looks nothing like it did then, yet this tour will introduce you to historical figures of the period and help you recreate in your mind's eye the spirit of that era.

Visit the Monument to Revolutionary Patriot Timothy Bigelow on Worcester Common. See the site of the 1774 ousting of Crown-appointed officials from the Worcester County Court House. View the reconstructed building where those historic events took place. Visit the Georgian style home of Patriot Stephen Salisbury. View the ample Paine farmhouse, "The Oaks," which Loyalist Judge Timothy Paine was building at the time of the 1774 closing of the courts. Enjoy lemonade and cookies served by the Daughters of the American Revolution while visiting its gardens and grounds. View the Paine and Salisbury family plots and the tomb of Patriot Printer, Isaiah Thomas, on the final stop on the tour at Rural Cemetery. 

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Better Than Your Average Yard Sale

Noon - 3:00 pm
Preview: 11:00 am - Noon (with $10 donation)
10 Cedar Street, Worcester

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 hope that you will also donate to our sale. We need quality items that are in good shape. We will review the items and pick them up if necessary.  Through donating you will receive the benefit of a tax deduction as well as the pleasure of supporting Preservation Worcester.

For additional information, please call 508-754-8760.

Certain Tuesdays and Sundays in October and November

Around the Common Talks Series

The series of Around the Common illustrated talks focuses on everything from the early days of Worcester Common to 1950’s shopping on Main and Front streets. These talks reveal many more interesting facts about downtown history and architecture than could be squeezed into the self-guided tour’s recorded two-minute audio bites. Don’t miss this chance to see great historic photographs of the area and to learn more about Worcester’s fascinating history and architecture.

All talks will be held in the Saxe Room, Worcester Public Library.

Free and open to the public



Tuesday, October 7th, 5:30 pm

The Heart of the City:
Worcester Common and City Hall

          Marilyn Polito, Preservation Worcester Docent



Tuesday, October 14th, 5:30 pm

Archeology on the Common:
The Old Burying Ground

                            William Wallace

        Executive Director, Worcester Historical Museum



Tuesday, October 28th, 5:30 pm

From First to Last:
The Making of Franklin Street at the Common

   Don Chamberlayne, Preservation Worcester Docent



Sunday, November 2nd, 2:30 pm

First There Was a Meeting House:
Churches Around the Common

      Cindy Shenette, Preservation Worcester Docent



Sunday, November 9th, 2:30 pm

Shopping Around the Common:
Main and Front Streets

                    Chris Sawyer, Author

Denholm's: The Story of Worcester's
      Premier Department Store



Tuesday, November 18th, 5:30 pm

Spiffing Up the Downtown:
1960's Urban Renewal
Around Worcester Common

                Joy Hennig, Local History Librarian

                  Worcester Public Library

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Vision, Practice and Legacy: Edward Winslow Lincoln and the Worcester Park System

2:00 pm

A talk by Jock Herron

followed by a reception

Tower Hill Botanic Garden, 11 French Drive, Boylston, MA 01505

Free to Preservation Worcester members or with admission to Tower Hill Botanic Garden

This talk is part of the Lost Garden Series, Lost Gardens of Worcester County Project, which is sponsored by the Worcester Garden Club, Preservation Worcester and Tower Hill Botanic Garden.

Preservation Worcester members who are not Tower Hill Botanic Garden members, must pre-register by
5:00 PM Friday, November 14th with Preservation Worcester to take advantage of free admission to Tower Hill Botanic Garden.  Please call the office at 508-754-8760 to register or email us at

Sunday, December 7, 2014

Save the Date... Preservation Worcester will be holding its annual Holiday Stroll on Sunday, December 7, 2014 from Noon to 5:00PM with a cocktail reception to follow.  This event is a season favorite and plans are already underway to make it better than ever.

** Information is subject to change without notice.