Local History

Local history, Patients at Sharon Sanatorium, ca. 1910

Patients at Sharon Sanatorium, ca. 1910

These local history archives include records, plans and photographs of Moose Hill Farm, the Kendall family home and farm in Sharon, Massachusetts, and of the Kendall Whaling Museum, founded in Sharon by the Kendall family in 1955. Also included are materials related to other Kendall family properties and neighborhoods in Sharon, Walpole, Boston and Marion, Massachusetts and Camden, South Carolina, and a variety of historical records and images, primarily of the towns of Sharon and Walpole, Massachusetts. Most of these materials are now held by the Archives and Research Center of The Trustees of Reservations. [waiting for link] See Local History page for details.

Kendall Whaling Museum, Winter

Kendall Whaling Museum, Winter

The Kendall Whaling Museum Archive includes documents, publications and photographs of the Kendall Whaling Museum in Sharon, Massachusetts. The museum was founded in 1955 by Henry P. Kendall, who purchased and renovated the property of the former Sharon Sanatorium. The museum featured a fine international collection of whaling-related art, artifacts, tools and logbooks. It sponsored educational and cultural events and drew visitors and scholars from around the world. It closed in November 2001 and transferred its whaling collections to the New Bedford Whaling Museum. This archive also includes photographs and some records of the Sharon Sanatorium (originally the Sharon Sanitarium), whose buildings and grounds the museum occupied.

The Moose Hill Farm Archive documents the property and activities of Moose Hill Farm, the primary residence of the Henry P. Kendall family, which operated as a working dairy farm during much of the 20th century. It includes photographs, land and building plans from various periods, business records, and information about crops and livestock. The farm was given by the family to The Trustees of Reservations and is now open to the public.

The Sharon and Walpole History Archive contains materials of general historical interest concerning the towns of Sharon and Walpole, Massachusetts, many but not all of them related to family-owned properties. This archive includes numerous photographs, building and plot plans, and maps of Sharon and Walpole locations from various periods.

The New England and Southern Archive contains photographs and documents related to other Kendall family sites and Kendall Company mill locations. Most are in New England, including family homes in Boston and Marion, Massachusetts. Some relate to South Carolina, where Henry and Evelyn Kendall lived parts of the year at the Sycamores, in Camden, South Carolina, and where the Kendall Company had some of its major mills.

Cattle at Moose Hill Farm

Cattle at Moose Hill Farm

Local history, Field House, Moose Hill Road, Sharon, ca. 1920

Field House, Moose Hill Road
Sharon, ca. 1920

Local history, View from Embankment Road, Boston, ca. 1920

View from Embankment Road
Boston, ca. 1920

Wateree Mill, Camden, SC

Wateree Mill, Camden, SC