The Historic Venues of Central MA

Posted: July 23, 2018

Worcester’s local history is legendary, as is the architecture that resides here.

Did you know that Central Massachusetts 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. 

Tune In at Mechanics Hall

321 Main St., Worcester, Mass.

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. 

Say Yes at Salem Cross Inn

260 W Main St., West Brookfield, Mass.

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. 

Go Classic at Publick House Historic Inn

277 Main St., Sturbridge, Mass.

Publick House Historic Inn is nestled on acres of countryside in the heart of New England, where homemade food and comfortable lodging come together as your home away from home. Whether you're seeking a romantic setting for two, looking for a restaurant that offers fine dining or a convenient meeting place, planning a bridal shower or want the perfect venue for your dream wedding retreat, the Publick House welcomes you with warmth and old fashioned fun. 

Show Off at The Hanover Theatre

2 Southbridge Street, Worcester, Mass.

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. 

Transport Back in Time at Union Station

2 Washington Square., Worcester, Mass.

Union Station underwent a state of the art restoration over 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.