Submitted by the Bedford Historical Society
What do a house built in the 1800s and Carleton Willard Village have in common? How about a miller and a candy maker doing business in Bedford? Your opportunity to find out the full stories will be presented at the next Bedford Historical Society Meeting’s lecture, If These Walls Could Talk, on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, at 7:15 pm in the Great Room at Old Town Hall, 16 South Road. Refreshments will be served before the meeting begins.
The Farley-Hutchinson-Kimball House
Our presenters in the continuing series includes a presentation by the family of the circa 1732 Red Feather Farm, also known as the Farley-Hutchinson-Kimball house on North Road. This is a multi-generational passed down through time family home from grandfather to father to sons and we will have Nathan Kimball tell about the history behind it all. The trolley ran just in front of the house to Lexington or Boston. Farming activity evolved in Bedford from the 18th through the 20th centuries. What kind of impact did this have on the house? And of course the history of the candy maker in the family and how that business evolved.
The David Fitch House
On Old Billerica Road, there are remnants of a grist mill. One of the millers at the grist mill was part of the Fitch family. The David Fitch House, currently used by Carleton Willard Village for their guests, belonged to the Fitch family who was a miller. He was third of four generations of Fitches to run the run the nearby gristmill on the Shawsheen River. What came after that miller is very interesting. Stephanie Smith, Director of Public Relations at Carleton-Willard Village, will be our narrator for this house and its surroundings.