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The following books are available from the Lincoln Historical Society.
Books are available from Something Special in Lincoln Center or by mail.
Please send orders to:
             Lincoln Historical Society
             P.O. Box 6084
             Lincoln Center, MA 01773

Please include a shipping and handling charge of $4 for each book

A Rich Harvest: The History, Buildings and People of Lincoln, Massachusetts,

by John C. MacLean

The definitive guide to Lincoln's history from Lincoln Town Historian, John C. MacLean. Describes in broad scope and engaging detail the unique three hundred year history of the people, farms, churches, controversies, and ideals that have given us the "rich harvest" of today's Lincoln.


Tales of the Battle Road April 19, 1775

by Donald L. Hafner

Within these pages are tales of the events on that historic day when the American Revolution began — tales as seen through the eyes of men, women, and children of the small town of Lincoln and passed down to us from generation to generation.

These were people of quiet courage in the face of grave danger who did not think of themselves as heroic. We can perhaps understand their stories better, and they may touch us more deeply, than tales of soldiers standing on the Lexington Common or at Concord's North Bridge.


William Smith, Captain: Life and Death of A Soldier of the American Revolution

by Donald L. Hafner

In 1786, Abigail Adams wrote this about her brother, William Smith: "Let all remembrance of his connection with this family cease, by a total silence upon the subject."

William Smith, at the age of 28, was captain of Lincoln's minute men on April 19, 1775, the most important day in American history. Yet he died at the age of 40 in poverty, disgrace, and estrangement from his wife and family. This tangled tale, told here in engaging style, traces the life of William Smith.

Author Prof. Donald L. Hafner has served as Captain of the Lincoln Minute Men — the same position once held by Captain William Smith.


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Heroine of the Battle Road

Free Online Playscript.

by Palmer Faran

One early Spring morning in 1775, a young woman watched from her window, searching for evidence of impending danger. Mary Flint Hartwell lived in Lincoln, a small town like many other farming communities on the outskirts of Boston. As the wife of a Lincoln minute man, Mary knew something was about to happen. Before the day was over, she would become a witness and participant in a series of events, which would alter the course of history.

This captivating, historical drama takes you back in time and allows you to share in the lives of real people who found themselves embroiled in events leading to the birth of a nation.

Mary Flint Hartwell 
Embattled Farmers: Campaigns and Profiles of Revolutionary Soldiers from Lincoln, Massachusetts, 1775-1783

by Richard C. Wiggin

There was nothing extraordinary about these men. They were ordinary farmers, laborers, merchants, tradesmen, slaves, and former slaves — the cross-section of a typical 18th century New England farming community. But when faced with the loss of their cherished liberties and long-standing tradition of self- government, they were swept up in an epic struggle against long odds.

Meticulously researched, Embattled Farmers traces the footsteps of 252 men from one town who served as Patriot soldiers.

Author Richard C. Wiggin is a historian and past Captain of the Lincoln Minute Men. He is former Executive Director of Boston's Old State House.

Images of America - Lincoln

Tells the story of the town of Lincoln's history through annotated photographs culled from historical archives and family collections.  It includes photographs of Lincoln's notable people, pastimes and celebrations, farms and buildings, and natural resources.  Here are the forefathers, foremothers, farm owners, and gentry who left a treasure trove of images illustrating how this small town was developed and reinvented over the years.


Voiceprints of Lincoln

by Ruth Moulton Ragan

An oral history by Lincoln residents telling their personal memories of Lincoln from the 1880s to 1929, as Lincoln changed from a farming community to a unique suburb in the industrial age. Their voices capture the inner spirit of the town.


Strong Hands and a Strong Heart: An Introduction to the Journal of James Lorin Chapin, 1848-1850

Free Online Book.

by Jane Langton

Noted Lincoln author, Jane Langton, introduces the reader to a young Lincoln farmer and teacher through selections from his meticulous journal of mid-nineteenth century life. Langton has organized her presentation into major topics of the day as reflected in Chapin's own words, as well as others of his time. Period illustrations enliven the book. With extensive research, intellectual zest and her distinctive humor, Langton brings Chapin to life and sets his ideas and lifestyle into the perspective of the times.

James Chapin
The View from Lincoln Hill: Man and the Land In a New England Town

by Paul Brooks

Author Paul Brooks, a noted conservationist and prolific author of books and articles, won the 1965 John Burroughs Medal for his book, Roadless Area. In his View from Lincoln Hill, Brooks turns to one of his deepest concerns, the struggle between city and countryside that is acute all across America. His View from Lincoln Hill reaches back to the first days of settlement on these shores to illuminate questions of land use, past and future..


The Chambers-Russell-Codman House and Family

by Margaret Mutchler Martin

"This richly textured study is at once a history of the most famous house in Lincoln, Massachusetts, of the powerful families that built and extended it, and of the town in which they played such important social and political roles. With spirited anecdotes and loving attention to detail, Margaret Martin has produced a memorable contribution to local history." — Prof. David Herbert Donald, Professor of American History, Harvard University.


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The Smiths of Sandy Pond Road,

by Sumner Smith

Born in 1889, author Sumner Smith recalls the transfer from a family-farm tradition to the business world. This book is 95 pages, 24 illustrations, paper bound.


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Inheritance: Lincoln Public Buildings and the Historic District

by Margaret Mutchler Martin

Includes architectural drawings of the buildings in the historic district, as well photographs of the sculptures that decorate the public land of Lincoln. The author studies the evolution of civic architecture from vernacular to professional. From 1746 to the present.


Lincoln Libraries, 1789-1984,

by John C. MacLean and Margaret Mutchler Martin (1984).

112 pages, 34 illustrations, paper bound. The authors describe the role of community libraries from private " Social Libraries" through the modern public system.


Five Roads

Fifty photographs of people and places in Lincoln taken by Lincoln residents. Each photo is annotated with text by Jane Langton.

Published by the Lincoln 1975 Bicentennial Commission, with a copy sent to every household in town.