The Historical Commission was established for the preservation, protection and development of the historical and archeological assets of the Town of Easton. Historical Commission members are appointed by the Board of Selectmen and serve terms of three years each.
The Historical Commission has taken a leadership position in various preservation initiatives, including a survey of historic properties, surveys of historic villages to qualify them for National Register status and the approval by Town Meeting in 2004 of a Demolition Permit Review By-law, among other efforts. It works with developers in assuring sensitive restorations of historic properties and improved design of new development. It also develops preservation agreements for public and private properties in coordination with restoration efforts.
Historic Property Surveys
In October of 2009, the Historical Commission initiated an ongoing intensive-level historic property survey of dwellings and commercial and industrial buildings in Easton. The survey involves field work, photographic documentation and extensive records research. The purpose of the survey is to provide documentation meeting current standards for National Register Historic Districts.
Completed surveys are on record at the Department of Planning and Economic Development, and are even more easily accessible on the Massachusetts Historical Commission's "MACRIS" database at the link below. Select the Town and "add to list", then type in the address if you know it, or select the neighborhood from the pull-down menu, click "next" for the next page, select building and/or area etc., and "add to list" again and then click on the option (if any) that your search generates to view the inventory form.
MHC's MACRIS Database: http://mhc-macris.net/
The work done to create these historic surveys has been financed in part with Federal funds from the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior, through the Massachusetts Historical Commission, Secretary of the Commonwealth William Francis Galvin, Chairman. However, the contents and opinions do not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the Department of the Interior, or the Massachusetts Historical Commission.
This program receives Federal financial assistance for identification and protection of historic properties. Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, as amended, the U.S. Department of the Interior prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, national origin, disability or age in its federally assisted programs. If you believe you have been discriminated against in any program, activity, or facility as described above, or if you desire further information, please write to: Office for Equal Opportunity, National Park Service, 1849 C. Street NW, Washington, DC 20240.
Rules & Regulations and Design Guidelines
The Historical Commission has adopted rules and regulations to facilitate administering the Building Demolition Permit Review bylaw. These rules and regulations clarify the process and make it clearer to applicants when a demolition review is applicable; what information is needed; and sets a clear timetable for Commission action. Click here for an overview and details of the Demolition Permit Review process.
To view the Historical Commission's Local Historic District Regulations, adopted in February of 2015, please click here. For a fee schedule associated with these regulations, please click here.
To view the Historical Commission's Local Historic District Design Guidelines adopted in July 2017, please click here.
Local Historic District - Certificate of Appropriateness Application
Demolition Review Application
Hayward Pool Local Historic District
The Historical Commission and local residents are working together to designate 9 properties along Foundry Street and Morse Road as Easton's second Local Historic District (after the Ames Local Historic District in North Easton Village established in 2010 and expanded in 2013). The "study report" for the Hayward Pool Local Historic District has been submitted to and accepted by the Massachusetts Historical Commission, which in November 2019 voted to encourage Easton to establish this new Local Historic District. Local Historic Districts protect historically significant properties by ensuring exterior changes visible from the public right of way are appropriate for the property and the nearby area. There will be a public hearing in mid-January 2020, and a vote at Annual Town Meeting in May 2020.
The Historical Commission is supported by the Department of Planning & Economic Development.
- Timothy Hurley, Chair (2022)
- John Ventresco, Vice Chair (2021)
- VACANT (2021)
- Greg Strange (2020)
- Amy Spencer (2020)
- Mikaela Wolfe (Alternate) (2020)
- Robert Bishop (Alternate) (2022)