Shirley Books for Sale

Many of the items are new but some are lightly used and priced accordingly.
All book prices already include Massachusetts sales tax. Pick up at the Museum is preferred on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Saturdays between 10:00 am and 1:00 pm. Email us at to make arrangements for shipping.  Charges vary depending on weight.

The Hip-Roofed House by Ethel Stanwood Bolton – $20 for paperback & $35 for hardcover

Written in 1935 and published in 2023, Ethel Bolton’s memoir chronicles her life in Shirley, from renovating her home and raising her family to becoming an integral part of the community. 

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A Promise to Keep by Sandy Farnsworth – $12.75

The story of growing up in the Woodsvillage part of Shirley in the early 20th century.


The Shaker Holy Land by Edward Horgan – $10.00

The history of the Harvard and Shirley Shaker Villages.

Before Nightfall by Harriet Woods Holden – $8.00

A collection of poems about everyday life in 20th century Shirley

Captive by P. Gifford Longley – $15

Based on the true 17th century story of of a Groton Longley boy kidnapped by Indians.


Compelled by P. Gifford Longley – $12

Based on the true story of returning young John Longley from Indian captivity.

Jackie by Josie by Caroline Preston – $10.00

A modern story based on possible happenings in the town of Shirley. The locations are familiar, but many of the names have been changed. 

Water for Soldiers by Shirley Lawton Houde – $28.63 for the paperback.

Hardcover copies are also available for a higher price.
The true story of a Shirley family’s participation in the early days of Fort Devens.

Shirley Community Cookbook published by the Shirley Village Partnership in 1995- $5.00 

189 pages with some recipes by Shirley people and many public domain recipes

Shirley Community Cookbook
Shirley Vital Records

Shirley Vital Records – $20

Great reference for early Shirley births, deaths, and marriages from 1753 to 1850

The Shirley Story by Forrest Wing – $15

With chapters on the early Shirley roads, churches, schools, taverns, and more. Illustrated with maps and old postcard views of the town. 

The Shirley Storey

Shirley Historic Diary by Lucy P. Longley – $12.00

Excerpts from her diary entries regarding local news from 1914 – 1977

A Shaker Sampler Coloring Book by Kathleen Moriarty – $5

Each page teaches something about the Shirley Shaker beliefs and lifestyle.

Shaker Sampler
Groton Plantation (2)


Groton Plantation by Virginia A. May – $15 

Historic essays, maps, and photos about the mother town of Shirley. 

Montachusett Memories by Fitchburg Sentinel and Enterprise – $39.95

A collection of photos from regional towns, including Shirley.

Montachusett Memories

Shaker Village Views by Robert Emlen – $15

Beautiful illustrations and helpful information about the way Shakers mapped their villages. 

Many more books about Shirley people and events are available in our gift shop. 

You need to visit to see everything we have. 

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