About a month ago, I shared some doors from a restored train station near Woburn, Massachusetts. I had stopped into the Woburn Historical Society, where I was given some information about historic sites in the nearby area. I hadn’t been planning to stop in, per se, as I didn’t think the office would be open. I just wanted to grab a few pictures of the building and I hoped to find some interesting doors. You know, for Norm Frampton’s remarkably fun blogfest, Thursday Doors, of which this post is a contribution.
Each week, Norm invites people from all over the world to share doors, and to come and look at the doors that have been shared. If this kind of thing appeals to you, visit Norm’s site and see the many doors contributed by his followers.
When I found the Historical Society building, I started checking it out from all sides, (that’s what door aficionados do). I noticed that what appeared to be the main door was open a few inches. I thought I’d see if anyone was inside and ask them if they would mind if I took a few pictures. When I stepped inside, I could hear voices. I was worried that I was intruding on a meeting, so I tried to be very quiet as I walked around. I discovered that the voices were from a panel discussion on some cable news show that was blaring in the conference room. Somewhat relieved, I poked my head into the next room where I scared a woman almost out of her socks.
It turns out that she was a new volunteer, and this was the first week that the Historical Society was open a few hours during the week. After we both calmed down, we started talking about Woburn and history. She showed me around the building. The society is recently formed, and they still haven’t sorted through all the items they have, but if the rooms on the first floor are any indication, they have some really good stuff. I told her about Thursday Doors, which is when she pointed out several places I might want to visit in the area. I didn’t have a lot of time, but I managed to get to the train station and the center of Woburn.
The woman was so nice, that I’m only going to share the doors from the Historical Society’s building today. She also gave me a color pamphlet – the one they give third-graders during the historic trolley tour of the city – from which I learned a lot about Woburn.
The Historical Society is located inside The Burdett Mansion, two story colonial style building built in 1900 by Benjamin Franklin Burdett. Mr. Burdett was a real estate developer and architect in the Woburn area and in Atlanta. In an age when horses and buggies were still prominent on the roads, Benjamin Burdett commuted between Massachusetts and Atlanta, Georgia by automobile. That isn’t an easy trek today; I can imagine what it was like 120 years ago.
I hope you enjoy the photos in today’s gallery. Be sure to check out Norm’s page, his doors and the doors of so many other contributors. Thanks for visiting here.