Rowe Historical Society
Kemp-McCarthy Museum
 

THE AMERICAN
CIVIL WAR
SESQUICENTENNIAL
2015
April 21, 1861 - April 9, 1865

Remembering residents from Rowe who served in the American Civil War*

 Emory P. Andrews
James M. Allen
William Bemis
Abel C. Bliss
Carpenter Bliss
Waitsill Bliss
J. Franklin Brown
Newton L. Brown
Reuel Bullard
Everett E. Cressey
George Cressey
Rodolphus D. Fish
John Fitzgerald
Adinoram J. Gleason
J. H. Harrington
Charles H. Hathaway
John W. Haynes
David Henry
Hiland H. Hicks
George R. Jeffords
William Kelley
George R. King
John Leonard
Judson Lovely
William Lynet
Thomas Love
Jasper C. Miller
Houghton Paine
James H. Paine
Nataniel R. Rice
Albert Scott
Charles H. Scott
Thomas L. Scott
Lyman Scott
Russell Sears
Russell Stafford
Chauncey Stafford, Jr.
Luther Stafford
Joseph A. Sibley
Philo Sibley, Jr.
Leroy S. Stanford
E.M. Stephens
Royal W. Stone
Amos Temple
Andrew Thorrington
George A. Wilcox
Luman Wilcox
Alonzo M. Wilson
Richard Woffenden
Henry C. Wright
R.M. Wilson
         Samuel Woffenden             (Enlisted as a resident of Hawley)
*Partial list

Welcome to the Rowe Historical Society

ABOUT 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 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.

 

Our 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, you can learn more about us by visiting www.welovemuseums.com.


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To learn about our programs for 2015, please scroll down

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The Sesquicentennial of the American Civil War

 

April 21, 1861 - April 9, 1865

Map shown above: Office of the Chief of Military History, United States Army

Massachusetts sent 159,165 men to fight in the Civil War, including 65 men from Rowe.

A total of 12,976 servicemen from Massachusetts died in the war. There were no fatalities among the Rowe soldiers.

The names of some of the Rowe soldiers who served in the Civil War are listed in the column on the left.


A very informative overview of the Civil War can be found on the National Park Service link: http://www.nps.gov/civilwar/overview.htm

To learn more about Massachusetts and its role in the Civil War, visit this website:
http://www.masshome.com/histcwar.html


Richard and Samuel Woffenden are shown in the picture below.

Among the Civil War memorials in northwestern Massachusetts is this one in North Adams
For more information on these New England Civil War memorials, see "The Single Soldier" in the current issue of Yankee magazine.
The Grand Army of the Republic was a fraternal organization founded in Decatur, Illinois in 1866. It included veterans of the Union Army, the Union Navy, Marines and U.S. Revenue Cutter Service (later merged to become the U.S. Coast Guard). The badge is shown below, and as worn by Civil War Veteran Richard Woffenden.
Below:
-The 54th Massachusetts Infantry attacking Fort Wayne
, by Rick Reeves from National Park     Service Civil War Overview
- 54th Regiment Memorial by August Saint-Gaudens in Boston
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COMING TO THE KEMP-McCARTHY MUSEUM IN 2015



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The Rowe Historical Society & Kemp-McCarthy Museum Join
 Time Travelers:
RHS Members Benefit

Members of the Rowe Historical Society now have an important bonus included free with all paid memberships: exclusive benefits and privileges at over 250 organizations in more than 40 states across the country, such as free or discounted admission and gift shop discounts. Time Travelers, a reciprocal membership network for historical sites and museums throughout the United States, now includes the Rowe Historical Society (and its members) in this network.

The Rowe Historical Society is one of seven Massachusetts museums to participate in the program; others include the Nantucket Historical Association, Falmouth Museums on the Green, the Jackson Homestead in Historic Newton, the Shirley-Eustis House Museum in Roxbury, the Westford Historical Society and Museum, and the Worcester Historical Museum.  Many Rowe members spend part of the year in Florida, and there are many museum in the "Sunshine State" that participate in this program, including historical society museums in Fort Lauderdale, Key West and Tampa Bay.

Time Travelers is sponsored by the Missouri History Museum in St. Louis. To see other museums nationwide that participate in the network, visit www.timetravelers.mohistory.org.

Remember to have your Rowe Historical Society membership card with you when you travel in order to receive these benefits at network museums.