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Once Upon a Storytime

First Wednesday of Each Month; 1:30PM

In collaboration with the Grafton Public Library, preschoolers are introduced to stories, short museum tours and a craft project. Free, but reservations are recommended for each session. Children must be accompanied by an adult. Contact the Museum at 508.839.3500.

Annual Holiday Open House

Sunday, December 6th: 1:00 – 3:00 PM

Exquisitely decorated for the holidays, the museum opens its doors and galleries to celebrate the holiday season. Join us for a cup of tea, browse in our gift shop and take a minute to step back in time at this annual holiday event. Free

Annual Robinson Lecture

Sunday, December 13: 1:00 PM

Mary Jane Dupkis will present "Aaron Willard Jr. & The Sea Captain's Widow", a talk based on research done about Aaron Willard, Jr. and his wife, Ann (Dorr) Willard. The talk will also cast new light on Willard clockmaking in Roxbury, MA.

Volunteers interested in helping at the museum are welcome to contact us at


The Willard House

& Clock Museum

11 Willard Street

North Grafton, MA 01536

p. 508.839.3500

 The Willard House and Clock Museum in North Grafton, Mass.,
Circa 1718, is a festive place with historic roots.


Mary and Simon Willard  

Benjamin Willard began making clocks in his small, rural Massachusetts workshop in 1766. His three younger brothers, Simon, Ephraim and Aaron, quickly learned the trade and began a three-generation clockmaking legacy in the Grafton workshop.

Today, over 80 Willard clocks are exhibited in the birthplace and original workshop of the Willard clockmakers, along with family portraits, furnishings and other Willard family heirlooms. Works by all three generations of Willard clockmakers, including famed clockmakers Simon Willard Jr. and Benjamin Franklin Willard, are also displayed.

Take a step back in time and witness a unique and important part of America's techological, artistic, and entrepreneurial history with us at the Willard House and Clock Museum.


Call us to schedule a tea and tour of the museum.  Our unique setting will provide a special place for a special tea for your group or organization.


Special events and workshops are also held during the year for both children and adults.
See our current events page.

The Museum Shop offers books on Willard clocks and related items, gifts, souvenirs, clock, antiques and collectible glassware and is open during museum hours. Items can be ordered by phone or on our website.

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Please consider becoming a member. Benefits include free admission, use of the museum's research facilities, quarterly newsletter, full online slide show tour of the museum, online picture catalog of the museum's inventory, and more. See membership page.

Click here to donate to the museum. We appreciate your generosity!

On February 26, 2010, Collector's Weekly featured an interview with one of our trustees, Gary Sullivan. See the full text of the interview here.

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