Local Events

Upcoming Special Events in Shirley, Massachusetts

Listing is updated weekly at the Shirley Historical Society Museum.
Please contact us to have your event added to the list – mail@shirleyhistory.org

As of March 13th, Massachusetts is under a state of emergency and people are asked to avoid gathering in groups for the sake of their own health and that of their neighbors. Everyone is asked to continue wearing a mask when within six feet of others.
The Shirley Historical Society Museum will re-open on Monday July 6th and will be following COVID 19 health and safety guidelines. We will be here most Mondays and Saturdays from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm and also many Wednesdays. You may phone ahead to double check or to make an appointment 978-425-9328.
Go to this page for our COVID 19 Guidelines for visitors. https://shirleyhistory.org/new-normal/
Shirley Town Offices will close again on November 18th. Business will be conducted on line.
Shirley banks are open for drive-through and appointments. 
Hazen Library is closed to visitors but has many online resources. You may now order books and other materials for pick-up. You may return borrowed items to the book drop. The library is not accepting donated books at this time. 
The Post Office is open but is limiting the number of customers at one time.
Many restaurants are open for pick up, and delivery but days and hours may have changed. Some restaurants have added outdoor seating. There is also now some limited indoor seating at some locations.
St. Anthony’s Church has resumed public services with certain restrictions.  Check with them for specific details.   
Trinity Chapel will post services online at 10:00 am on Sundays. 
Shirley Christian Fellowship is holding services inside, following social distancing guidelines.  


Sunday November 29th at 5:00 pm

Tree Lighting at Whiteley Park 

Santa will arrive on the fire truck. Families should remain socially distant in their cars, but are invited to decorate their cars in celebration of the upcoming season.
Monday November 30th at 7:15 pm

Fall Town Meeting

at Ayer Shirley Middle School Gym – Enter by the lobby doors and check-in through the cafeteria. 
Chairs will be spaced  six feet apart.

Guided Tours of

the Site of The Shirley Shaker Village

Canceled for this year

The site is part of the state prison system and it can only be accessed by special arrangement. Our tour begins with a brief illustrated lecture on the history of the Shakers and the Shirley Village. Visitors go inside three Shaker buildings and travel by prison van to various locations around the property.
Reservations much be made in advance for a cost of $15 per person, or $10 for Historical Society members. Mail a check or charge it at Paypal.


Historic Shirley

Pub Crawls

Canceled for this year

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.

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