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Places to see, things to do


Finnish Center

Saima was formed as a social group for Finnish immigrants in the Fitchburg area in 1898.  The Finnish Center at Saima Park has evolved into an organization  dedicated to preserving and promoting Finnish & Finnish-American heritage and culture.

Our function hall, summer kitchen, outdoor pavilion and sports fields located at 67 Scott Road, Fitchburg, MA, are used for many Finnish social and educational events throughout the year, and are available for rental for various community events. 



Since 1959, Brimfield, Massachusetts has been the Antique and Collectibles Capital of the United States. Today, there are 21 independent shows and thousands of dealers. As the premiere hot spot for antiquing and collecting in America, Brimfield attracts people from around the world. Rare and unusual items can be found as buyers search through history’s great marketplace. 


Wakefield Historical

The year was 1890 and Wakefield had changed dramatically and rapidly. Large industries had transformed the sleepy farming village into a bustling factory town, bringing progress and growth, at the cost of its original character and charm.

In reaction, the Wakefield Historical Society was founded...

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Yale Furniture Study

Founded in 1959 in downtown New Haven, the Gallery’s Hume Furniture Study is now located in the Collection Studies Center at Yale West Campus, in West Haven, Connecticut. The Hume Furniture Study is a working library of over 1,300 examples of furniture, clocks, and wooden objects, which were made in America or for the American market from the 17th century to the present.


Giant Chair

GARDNER, MASSACHUSETTS WAS ONCE HOME to the Heywood-Wakefield Furniture Company, a large furniture manufacturer that specialized in handmade, wooden chairs, alongside other manufacturers of fine furniture and boy oh boy, the city has not forgotten. In fact, they have solidified their nickname, “Chair City” with a number of giant novelty chairs that have been installed throughout the years. 

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Hancock Shaker Village began in the late 1780s, when nearly 100 Believers consolidated a community on land donated by local farmers who had converted to the Shaker movement. By the 1830s, with a great many more conversions and additional land acquisitions, the Shaker community peaked in population with more than 300 Believers and more than 3,000 acres.

Visit the museum and the entire Shaker Village

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Shaker Workshops

Shaker furniture is the one truly original American style of furniture. Its clear crisp lines and singular lightness unite and transcend both traditional and modern settings, and for that reason it has remained a major creative force in our decorative arts heritage for hundreds of years. For half a century, Shaker Workshops has worked to craft and faithfully reproduce it in the highest and finest quality.

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Hitchcock Chair Company

In 1818, Lambert Hitchcock founded an innovative chair company in the northwestern hills of Connecticut, where he produced his beautiful hand stenciled furniture. In 2006, the famed Hitchcock Chair Company closed its doors. For four years, the name lay dormant. Those who recognized its unique quality and craftsmanship were able to find fully restored Hitchcock…


Lowell national historical park

Lowell’s water-powered textile mills catapulted the nation – including immigrant families and early female factory workers – into an uncertain new industrial era. Nearly 200 years later, the changes that began here still reverberate in our shifting global economy. Explore Lowell, a living testament to the dynamic human story of the industrial revolution.

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North Bennet Street School

North Bennet Street School’s mission is to train students for careers in traditional trades that use hand skills in concert with evolving technology, to preserve and advance craft traditions, and to promote greater appreciation of craftsmanship.

The School’s intensive, hands-on training helps students from around the world to achieve meaningful lives and livelihoods. We encourage individual growth and curiosity, along with technical mastery and a commitment to excellence.

"Preserving & perpetuating the craft of chair caning and seat weaving!"
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