Tours of Hearthside, Moffett Mill, Pullen’s Schoolhouse and Hannaway Shop offered Sept. 12

Tours of Hearthside, Moffett Mill, Pullen’s Schoolhouse and Hannaway Shop offered Sept. 12

Ed Venditelli forges a red-hot piece of iron during a past event at the Hannaway Blacksmith Shop in Lincoln, which was built around 1880. (Breeze file photo by Charles Lawrence)

LINCOLN – Guided history tours will be held Sunday, Sept. 12 at Hearthside House Museum, Moffett Mill, the Pullen’s Corner Schoolhouse and the Hannaway Blacksmith Shop, on the 677 Great Road campus. Tours begin at 12:30 p.m. with the last one at 3:30 p.m.

Tours must be reserved and tickets purchased ahead of time through www.hearthsidehouse.org . Staggered admissions with specific time slots to sign up for will help to limit size of groups for each tour at each site. Timed admissions are in allotments every 30 minutes and no more than eight guests per slot at each of the sites. Visitors may tour all sites, or just the ones they prefer. There is no order to the visits, so after checking in first at Hearthside, the visit can start at any one of the four sites. Face masks are required for everyone.

At Hearthside, tours are led by docents in period attire and take an hour and 15 minutes. It includes 11 rooms on the first and second floors. Through the tour, you’ll learn about the history of Hearthside and its legendary beginnings as the result of a winning lottery ticket.

Schedule a stop at the Pullen’s Corner Schoolhouse and learn about the history of this charming one-room school and discover why it got the name “Hot Potato School.” Kids will enjoy an old-fashioned school activity too in this recently relocated and totally restored historic property.

A rare chance to visit the Moffett Mill (c.1812) is also offered. The only way to visit though is through transportation by shuttle bus which may be picked up at Hearthside or at Chase Farm Park starting at 12:15 p.m. with the last one at 3:30 p.m.

The Moffett Mill is “frozen in time” back to 1900 when the workers left here for the day and never returned, leaving all their tools in place and ready to start their job the next day in making customized tools, wagons, boxes, or whatever needs fixing at area businesses, farms, or households.

The blacksmith will be giving demonstrations at the Hannaway Blacksmith Shop, located at the entrance to Chase Farm Park, between 12:30 and 3:30 p.m. continuously and a reservation is not needed for this visit. Admission is free.

General admission at Hearthside is $12; $6 ages 10-17. Admission includes entrance fee at the other sites. For those not visiting Hearthside, visits to the mill are $5 per person, or to the schoolhouse, $5 per family.

For more information, contact 401-726-0597 or info@hearthsidehouse.org.