On Saturday, August 13, over thirty Faulkner descendants gathered for a picnic at the Faulkner Homestead. While most were New Englanders, some had traveled from as far as Indiana and Pennsylvania to meet distant cousins, to be where Col. Francis Faulkner mustered his men on April 19, 1775 and to see the "great hall" where the Justices of the Peace held weddings, funerals, and legal proceedings.
Three new gifts to the Iron Work Farm collection were on display--back in the house they came from -- and will be there for visitors to see from now on.
You may have noticed some recent changes in the landscape at the Faulkner Homestead. IWF friends and neighbors, high school students, and even passersby have helped clear brush and overcrowded trees from the hillside west of the house.
This area is where the Faulkner family had a small apple orchard All the fruit trees are gone, but we hope to reinstate the apple-growing tradition on the old Faulkner farm. An added bonus should be a clearer view of the house from Main Street!
Our heartfelt thanks to all who helped out!
-- located at 5 High Street, Acton MA
The house was built for Ephraim Jones (1679-1710), founder in 1702 of an early textile business and other mills that formed the nucleus of the present town of Acton. The largest and most central house of this settlement, it served as the local garrison house for protection from Indian raids made along the Massachusetts frontier during Queen Anne’s War of 1702-1713.
For 202 years it was the homestead of six generations of the Faulkner family, prominent in many fields of endeavor, who carried on the processing of woolen cloth at the fulling mill across the road, said to have been one of the earliest attempts in the United States to manufacture woolen cloth on a large scale.
During the Revolutionary War, the Faulkner Homestead was the home to the commander of the West Acton Militia Company, Francis Faulkner. On April 18, 1775, alarm riders rode from Boston spreading the word that the “Regulars March on Concord,” the most famous was Paul Revere. He was captured in Lincoln after meeting up with Dr. Samuel Prescott of Concord. Dr. Prescott eluded capture and brought the alarm to Concord, and then Acton. After informing Captain Joseph Robbins and Captain Isaac Davis, he went to South Acton and the Faulkner house. Major Francis Faulkner fired off three shots, the prearranged signal alarm to muster. The West Acton Militia and their families came to the property and from here marched to Concord. From Acton, a man named Edward Bancroft continued the message on towards Groton and Pepperrell. As the men assembled, the families of the Militia cooked meals for the men over open fires in the yard which were later brought to those fighting on the Battle Road by Francis Faulkner Jr who was 14 years old .
*Faulkner homestead from a photograph taken about 1880 - Courtesty of American Antiquarian Society