The Historic Venues of Central Massachusetts


Posted: July 23, 2018

Worcester’s local history is legendary. Did you know that Central Mass was at the center of the American Revolution, hosted the first public reading of the Declaration of Independence, saw the first perfect game pitched in Major League baseball, and boasted the inventions of candlepin bowling, commercial Valentine’s cards, and the monkey wrench? Our buildings are buzzing with the days of old.

Quell Your Curiosities in a Stranger’s Mansion

55 Pearl Street, Worcester, MA

Wandering the expanse of Bull Mansion is like poking around an eclectic metropolitan estate where mystery and decadence abound. The Grand Army of the Republic Hall was constructed circa 1876, complete with Victorian Gothic architecture and a sprawling ballroom. A fine dining new american bistro is located downstairs and the venue is available as a function and wedding venue. Discover+


Tune in at Mechanics Hall

321 Main St., Worcester, MA

Mechanics Hall offers unparalleled acoustic character, making it the primary choice for musical performances. This venue’s distinct architecture even landed it on the National Register of Historic Places. As a pre-Civil War performance hall, Mechanics Hall has gained national notoriety and accommodates up to 1,500 guests in one room for events. Discover+


Say Yes at Salem Cross Inn

260 W Main St., West Brookfield, MA

Wander through Salem Cross Inn and admire the early American architecture complete with wide board pine floors, handmade moldings, oyster shell plaster walls, and countless original fireplaces. The main dining room overlooks fields and meadows that make up Salem Cross’ 600 acres of farmland, which includes a darling gazebo perfect for portraits. Discover+


Go Classic at Publick House Historic Inn & Lodge

277 Main St., Sturbridge, MA

Tradition and “Yankee hospitality” are the letter of the law at the Publick House. This romantic country setting is packed with warmth and old fashioned fun. Discover+


Show Off at The Hanover Theatre

2 Southbridge Street, Worcester, MA

This historic Worcester theater is a preservation gem amidst the bustling innovation and development taking place downtown. Such a palatial spectacle was the work of sought after architect, Thomas Lamb who was also noted for building the Capitol Theatre in New York City. Discover+


Transport Back in Time at Union Station

2 Washington Square., Worcester, MA

Union Station underwent a state of the art restoration two decades ago, resulting in a stunning venue for public and private functions. Maxwell Silverman’s restarurant and club manages the great hall, which is easily accessible by train, bus, or car and boasts plenty of affordable parking. Discover+