135 School Street
Walpole, MA 02081
United States

Key Contacts

The Walpole Historical Commission (WHC), established by the Board of Selectmen in 1970 under the General Laws of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Chapter 40, Section 8D, is the official advocate for the preservation, protection and development of the Town of Walpole’s historical and archaeological assets. Per MGL Chapter 40 Section 8D, it may also seek to coordinate the activities of unofficial bodies organized for similar purposes.

The Commission meetings are held in the Town Hall as frequently as necessary but not less than six times annually. Meeting times and dates may vary. They will be posted 48 hours in advance on the bulletin board at the Town Hall, as well as on the Walpole Historical Commission web page. The meetings are open to the public.

The Commission deals with a variety of local issues which affect scenic roads, historic buildings and structures, archeological resources and other historical assets.

It sometimes receives inquiries from the Massachusetts Historical Commission, or state or federal agencies asking for comments on proposed state or federally involved projects in the Town of Walpole. These projects may impact historical or archaeological resources. 

The Commission has also been involved with conducting inventories of historical properties in the Town. 

The Commission currently has vacancies for a paid secretarial and associate member positions. Applicants for associate membership should have an interest in advocating for Walpole's historical assets and history.

Interested parties should contact the chairman and/or attend a Commission meeting. All applications for membership require approval by the Walpole Board of Selectmen.


Board Members

Name Title
Sam Obar Chairman
Christine Cochrane Vice Chair
Katie Birtwell Member
George Ransom Member
Roger F. Turner, Jr. Member
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