Historical Commission

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Next 3 meetings:

  • Mon, Dec 11 at 7:00 PM -- Online only: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86125147556
  • Mon, Jan 8 at 7:00 PM -- Town Hall & online: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85720560676?pwd=bThuajB1LzFWTG9ndU51WUhGZks1QT09
  • Mon, Feb 12 at 7:00 PM -- Town Hall & online: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85720560676?pwd=bThuajB1LzFWTG9ndU51WUhGZks1QT09


8 of 8 seats. 2 years each seat.

  • Carole Desanti, Member. October, 2024.
  • Edie Field, Honorary.
  • Susan Mareneck, Chair. 2024.
  • Anne Schuyler. 2023.
  • Sara Robinson. 2023.
  • Susan Lynton. 2023.
  • Ann Tweedy. 2024.
  • Eva Gibavic. 2024.

Mission Statement


In accordance with Massachusetts State Law* the Leverett Historical Commission’s mandate is to identify, protect, preserve and develop the material evidence of  Leverett’s historical assets.  


These assets encompass the entire historic and cultural landscape: our architectural, aesthetic, agricultural, cultural, economic, political and social history; and the unique heritage of Leverett. This may include geological and archeological sites and artifacts, the architectural or built environment; and social, cultural, and industrial practices. Protection and preservation of our historic inventory, which includes indigenous sites, as Leverett is located on or near the ancestral lands of the Pocumtuck, Nonotuck, and Nipmuc people.

The activities of the Historical Commission include, but are not limited to the following:


  1. To identify, research and inventory historical assets   
  2. To evaluate and advise on restoration, preservation, rehabilitation and reuse of historic assets
  3. To educate, engage, and promote knowledge of Leverett historical assets through interpretive programs, documentation, and community outreach   
  4. To develop and assist in preservation planning, partnering with other town committees, organizations and private residents  
  5. To be an active participant in town planning processes and to advise town boards, committees, departments, and administration in matters relating to historic preservation, including any proposed alteration, destruction, or relocation of historical assets.
  6. To review, recommend, and regulate as authorized in current bylaws, or to propose new bylaws.
  7. To facilitate access to historical public records   
  8. To explore funding and grant opportunities in support of the above  

It is the Historic Commissions belief that the distinct character of Leverett today is shaped by its past; that our history helps inform Leverett’s identity and can provide a guide to it’s future.

*The Leverett Historical Commission was created by act of Town Meeting in 1973 under the authority of Massachusetts General Laws, Part I, Title VII, Chapter 40, section 8D


Jenn Doherty, Massachusetts Historical Commission,

Local Government Program Coordinator 

Presentation to Leverett on

"Secretary of the Interior Standards for Restoration, Preservation, Reconstruction and Rehabilitation"*

(Link to Video Presentation)

* Standards required for any project using Community Preservation Act funding 



Finding and Interpreting Leverett's Industrial Heritage in the Landscape



December 1st 2022:  Virtual Visit to Leverett's Charcoal Kiln and Charcoal Industry

Watch the recording here: Recording of the Presentation




This virtual visit to the Charcoal Kiln happened on December 1, 2022.


A video of the April zoom visit
to the Graves' Ironworks
on the Sawmill River in North Leverett 
can be viewed at
 Click Here



A video of the October zoom visit

to the Slarrow Sawmill on North Leverett Road

can be viewed at

Click Here.









Volunteers cleared Leverett's historic town pound landmark this summer!

Link to a Youtube 3D video is: https://youtu.be/5hDRPg21gO0Town Pound_2021


Read the report on findings from the 2017-18 Historical Assets Survey -






Charcoal Kiln (coke kilns)

Read a report about the Leverett Family Museum

The Historical Commission, with grants from Mass Humanities (Research Inventory Grant), Community Preservation Commisstion, and Boston Public Library, is proud to release the first of many volumes of records from the Town of Leverett vault. Please feel free to browse.

Previous meetings:

Additional Info
Calendar of Events
Mon, Dec 11, 2023, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Online only: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86125147556
Wed, Dec 13, 2023, 7:15 pm - 9:00 pm
Leverett Town Hall Second floor and on Zoom
Posted to: Planning Board
Council on Aging -- DRAFT AGENDA
Fri, Dec 15, 2023, 10:00 am - 11:30 am
Town Hall (Downstairs)
Posted to: Council on Aging
Mon, Dec 18, 2023, 9:00 am - 11:00 am
Town Hall
Select Board -- CANCELLED
Tue, Dec 19, 2023, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Town Hall/remote
Posted to: Select Board
Mon, Jan 8, 2024, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Town Hall & online: https://us06web.zoom.us/j/85720560676?pwd=bThuajB1LzFWTG9ndU51WUhGZks1QT09
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