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Sudbury Announces Completion of Historic Resources Survey Project


November 1, 2021

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The Town of Sudbury and the Sudbury Historical Commission are pleased to announce the completion of a major project surveying over 100 of Sudbury’s historic resources. The project was funded in part by a $15,000 matching federal grant from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, awarded though the Massachusetts Historical Commission (MHC), Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin, Chairman. The Sudbury Historical Commission received Community Preservation Committee funds for the initial funding at the 2020 Annual Town Meeting.

Led by the Sudbury Historical Commission, the survey recorded historically and architecturally noteworthy resources that represent the cultural history of Sudbury, constructed before 1940. The project updated and expanded earlier volunteer and professional survey documentation, developing a fuller understanding of Sudbury’s growth over time. A main focus for the project was advancing knowledge of 20th century properties, pre-1940 municipal buildings, and under-documented building types, including barns and other outbuildings. The Town of Sudbury contracted with Wendy Frontiero and Kathleen Kelly Broomer, architectural historians and preservation consultants, to conduct the survey, which concluded in September 2021. The survey project involved field work, photographic documentation, and extensive records research.

“The Sudbury Historical Commission is thrilled to add these surveys to our inventory and have them accessible to Sudbury residents and owners of these historic properties,” said Chris Hagger, Chair of the Sudbury Historical Commission. “Sudbury is rich with history, and this grant funding is an important step in documenting and preserving the town’s history and historic structures for future generations.”

The Historic Property Survey update will support future preservation planning efforts in Sudbury, identifying areas for additional study, supporting local research, and serving as a resource for town boards and commissions. Completed surveys are on record at the Department of Planning and Community Development, the Goodnow Library, and, once processed, easily accessible on the Massachusetts Historical Commission’s online database, the Massachusetts Cultural Resource Information System (MACRIS).

The Massachusetts Historical Commission Survey and Planning Grant Program is a federally funded, reimbursable, 50/50 matching grant program to support historic preservation planning activities in communities throughout the state. In March of 2021, the Sudbury Historical Commission was awarded an additional matching grant to assist with the development of a town-wide preservation plan.

For more information, please contact Adam Duchesneau, Director of Planning & Community Development, (978) 639-3387 or