The Shirley Historical Society Museum will be open for visitors, researchers, and volunteers
most Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm.
You may phone ahead to double check or to make an appointment 978-425-9328.
Friday October 22nd – 5:00 – 7:00 pm Legion supper at War Memorial Building
Saturday October 23rd – 9:30 am – 1:00 pm Recycling Day at Middle School parking lot.
Sunday October 24th – 12:30 pm – Guided Tour of Shirley Shaker Village sites. SOLD OUT
Saturday, November 6th – 6:00 pm at the Senior Center on Parker Road. Historical Society Annual Meeting and pot luck supper with program featuring readings from historic letters by Shirley letter-writers.
Thursday November 11th – at 11:00 Veteran’s Day Commemoration at War Memorial Building.
November 12th and 13th – ShirleyArts! will present You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown at Ayer Shirley Middle School. Tickets are now on sale at www.shirleyarts.info. See our COVID precautions.
Monday November 15th – 7:15 pm Special Town Meeting in Ayer Shirley Middle School gym.
Guided Tours of
the Site of The Shirley Shaker Village
This fall’s group tours are sold out. Other tours may be arranged for groups of 8.
The Shaker Village property is part of the state prison system and it can only be accessed by special arrangement. Our tour begins inside a Shaker building with a brief illustrated lecture on the history of the Shakers and the Shirley Shaker Village. Visitors go inside three Shaker buildings and travel by prison van to various locations around the property.
Reservations must be made in advance for a cost of $15 per person, or $10 for Historical Society members.
Make arrangements to start at the Museum for a slide talk explanation of early New England taverns, the effects of prohibition, and the growth of local drinking clubs. Then load your car with the tour leader and your guests and visit the sites of 21 Shirley drinking establishments. Cost is $75 per car for the private two hour talk and tour.
Telephone during open hours or Email firstname.lastname@example.org to make arrangements.