RAS oversees the Carpenter Museum, Blanding Public Library, Arts in the Village music series, and genealogy resources.

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The Rehoboth Antiquarian Society is a non-profit corporation dedicated to preserving and sharing the history of our community through the Blanding Public Library and Carpenter Museum.  We encourage and welcome all who are interested to become involved with the organization.


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Our History  

In 1884 a young Rehoboth minister, George H. Tilton, decided that something should be done to preserve the remnants of the town’s colonial past.  Thus inspired he founded the Rehoboth Antiquarian Society in March of that year.  The Society was established for several purposes: to preserve artifacts relating to Rehoboth's history, to maintain a meeting hall, and to run a consolidated school.

Funds were raised by selling $10.00 shares to individuals, and were matched by Mr. Darius Goff, a wealthy Pawtucket mill owner. Mr. Goff also donated one acre of his father's homestead on Bay State Road for a building site.

Rev. George H. Tilton

Rev. George H. Tilton

Darius Goff

Darius Goff

Thomas W. Bicknell

Thomas W. Bicknell

In 1885, Thomas W. and Amelia D. Bicknell donated five hundred dollars to the Society for the purpose of establishing a public library in the memory of her parents, Christopher and Chloe Blanding (currently the Blanding Public Library).

The original Goff HallConstruction started on the first Goff Memorial Hall, a large, wooden Victorian-style building, and it was dedicated in March 1886. On the first floor were a schoolroom, library, and antiquarian room. The second floor was a large meeting room. In July 1911, the building was struck by lightning and burned to Antiquarian Roomthe ground.

A new Goff Memorial Hall was quickly planned and built (this time of brick), and was dedicated in May 1915. The consolidated school only operated for one year, but the Society still operates Goff Memorial Hall and The Blanding Public Library.

The Society no longer operates as a stock-holding entity and membership is open to all.

Today The new Goff Memorial Hall

At present the RAS owns and operates the Carpenter Museum & E. Otis Dyer Barn located at 4 Locust Avenue and Goff Memorial Hall & Blanding Public Library located at 124 Bay State Road in Rehoboth, Massachusetts.  Both sites can be found on Bay State Road between Winthrop Street (Route 44) and Anawan Street (Route 118).  Click on Mapquest for a detailed map with directions.


Blanding Library Director:
Laura Bennett (508) 252-4236  lbennett@sailsinc.org
Carpenter Museum Director: Barbara Spencer (508) 252-3031 carpentermuseum@gmail.com
Carpenter Museum Curator: Laura Napolitano (508) 252-3031 carpentermuseum@gmail.com
Genealogy Researcher: Lende McMullen (508) 252-3031 lendemcmullen@gmail.com

Rebecca Smith
Daniel Santos
Secretary: Wendy Wolfe Cardarelli
Treasurer: Werner Horlbeck

Ted Ballard
Kylee Hitz
Laura Schwall
Connie Wenzel-Jordan
Suzanne Withers

Officers and Trustees are elected at the annual meeting which is held
on the first Wednesday in May.  Trustees serve for 5-year terms.

Rehoboth Antiquarian Society 4 Locust Ave, PO Box 2, Rehoboth MA 02769 (508) 252-3031