Welcome to the website of the Rowe Historical Society.
The Rowe Historical Society owns and operates the Kemp-McCarthy Museum located at 282 Zoar Road in Rowe, Massachusetts. It opened on June 30, 1963.
The museum has an extensive collection of local artifacts and antiques. Highlights of the collection include antique quilts, 19th century dolls, period costumes, china and glassware, sleighs, furniture, photographs, cookware, tools, farm implements, and an original 19th century hearse. Exhibits are updated regularly.
The Kemp-McCarthy Museum also has many valuable photos of townspeople and local sites, as well as literature from the Davis Mine, the Hoosac Railroad, and the Yankee Atomic Electric Company.
The Rowe Historical Society publishes The Bulletin, dedicated to the preservation of local history by highlighting "bits of history, old letters, pictures, news clippings and anything of interest to the history of Rowe," and The Rowe Historical Society Newsletter, featuring information on upcoming events and programs.
Many books are published by the Rowe Historical Society, including The History of Rowe, Massachusetts by Percy Whiting Brown and Nancy Newton Williams.
The Kemp-McCarthy Museum is open to the public every Sunday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. from July through mid-October, and at other times by appointment. Concerts, holiday celebrations, literary programs, and other cultural activities are held at the museum throughout the year.
This website also provides useful information on membership in the Rowe Historical Society and directions to the Kemp-McCarthy Museum.
If you've never been to our town or museum, a recently published article provides a preview of what you can expect:
The website www.welovemuseums.com describes in detail a visit to the Kemp-McCarthy Museum and concludes: "You'll enjoy this small but exquisite town historical museum."
Please visit us next spring and see for yourself!