The mission of the Douglas Historical Society Inc. is:
- To promote research and education about the history of Douglas, Massachusetts; acquire protect, and preserve property, both real and personal, having historical significance.
- To preserve and maintain the E.N. Jenckes Store Museum for purposes of depicting a general store and life in rural community during the 19th century.
Book by Anthony Coopla 1990. Douglas, Massachusetts : recalling an era, 1868-1908.
Welcome to the Douglas Historical Society Website
The E.N. Jenckes Store is the home of the Douglas Historical Society. in 1972 Mialma and Helen Jenckes, the daughters of Edward.N.Jenckes, gifted the building to the Society preserving the legacy of this extraordinary historic General Store. The store, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places, serves as a museum and provides a living time capsule for the rich history of not only Douglas, but the Blackstone Valley and a national example of rural life in America.
A more complete history may be found on our history page.
Since the founding of the DHS, scores of volunteers over many generations have considered it a labor of love to help preserve this vibrant and living piece of the town’s history, where all are welcome to experience and learn and enjoy. Within the last few years, a revitalization of the organization has brought with it new participants and activities, breathing fresh life into the museum. Events include a summer Farmer’s Market, an annual Octoberfest luncheon, Open Mic nights, Photography Contests, pot luck suppers, guest lectures and our annual Photos with Santa (pets also).
We are grateful for the community support we receive. This beautiful and important museum and landmark would not exist without the generous donations and patronage of the community. So the next time you see the open flag, stop in and take a step back in history and be a part of the preservation of our town’s rich heritage.
We look forward to your visits and continued support.
The Douglas Historical Society