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Iron Work Farm - Mission and History

Iron Work Farm in Acton, Inc. ('IWF') is a historical, 501(c) (3) non-profit corporation chartered in Massachusetts since 1964.

Iron Work Farm owns the 1707 Faulkner Homestead and 1732 Jones Tavern in South Acton. We serve as the stewards of these precious tangible assets to the historic past. Our mission is to protect, educate and promote historical preservation and the study of South Acton. In addition to our annual events we offer programming and events including:

  • Open-houses
  • Hands-on history demos
  • Easter egg hunts
  • School field trips
  • and many other activities.

Jones Tavern is the official meeting place for the Acton Minutemen. On Patriots Day weekend the Faulkner House is the site of the Robbins Alarm Ride re-enactment.

The Iron Work Farm name derives from the original name of a 1,000-acre plantation which was granted in 1654 to Major Simon Willard, a founder of Concord. The land grant was acquired by the Concord Iron Works Company about 1660 and became the location of the first village settlement in Acton between 1700 & 1710. The area was incorporated as a town in 1735.


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Open Museum - Jones Tavern and Faulkner Homestead

Come by between 3:00 - 5:00 pm on "4th Sundays" 2017, tour the properties and learn about our unique history.

  • May 27
  • June 24
  • July 22
  • September 23
  • October 20/21 (Acton Open Studios weekend)

Check our calendar for more event info or contact us about our events and Historic Open Houses.

Site Photos

Belle Choate
Nancy Evans
Anne Forbes
Kaye Sherry Hirsch
Nan Towle-Millett
Kimberley Connors-Hughes

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