The Willard House & Clock Museum

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The Willard House & Clock Museum

Postby koimaster » February 26th 2018, 10:59am

“The mission of the museum is to collect, preserve and interpret the clocks and objects relating to the Willard clockmakers who made clocks in Grafton, Lexington, Roxbury and Boston, Massachusetts between 1766 and 1870, and to interpret life in central Massachusetts between 1750 and 1825.”

Nestled in the rolling hills of Central Massachusetts, Willard House is one of Grafton's oldest buildings, constructed the early 1700's in what was then known as the Indian settlement of Hassanamisco. Four of Joseph's grandsons - Benjamin, Simon, Ephraim and Aaron Willard - would become America's preeminent 19th century clockmakers, making their first clocks in 1766 in their small Grafton workshop. In 1802, Simon Willard obtained a patent for his Improved Timepiece, or "banjo" clock. Today the banjo is considered to be one of the most significant styles of early 19th century American timepieces.

Willard House & Clock Museum
11 Willard Street
North Grafton, MA 01536


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