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Published: 07/28/2006    print this story   email this story  

Merrimac: Years of memories await you

By Mary Hart

Once the site of Merrimac Public Library, the Merrimac Historical Museum on West Main Street in Merrimac holds years of photos and items from Merrimac's history. This beautiful building was dedicated as a library in 1930.

"Over the years, the library outgrew the building," says Jeff Hoyt, chairman of the Board of Directors of Merrimac Historical Museum, Inc. "They moved to a new building and the town museum moved into this building in 2004. We did quite a bit of renovation, including painting the ceiling, tightening up the roof, and restoring the flooring, which had been covered with wall-to-wall carpeting, to its original cork wood flooring."

In the recent flooding, the museum unfortunately suffered damage in the basement, which used to be the library's children's' room.

"We are having a fund-raiser to refinish and repair the basement so it will last," Hoyt says. "To that end, we're reprinting an historical Merrimac trail guide that was first printed in 1976. This 40-page guide covers 30 sites and markers along a trail, and is currently at the printer. We're hoping to have it ready by mid-July."

In July and August the museum is open to visitors on Sundays, 2 to 4 p.m.

"Our first floor, which is more than 2,000 square feet, will be open to the public," Hoyt says. "We have a great deal of material from Merrimac's history of starting out as a carriage industry, which then developed into a custom-made auto body industry. There are plenty of photos to peruse: old baby furniture; a kitchenette from another era; and even a washing machine from 1903."

For information contact Jeff Hoyt at Merrimac Historical Museum, Inc., 978-346-9071.

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