Things to Do

Kathleen Laidlaw Historical Center “The Little Red Schoolhouse”

Kathleen Laidlaw Historical Center "The Little Red Schoolhouse"

NOTE: The Scituate Historical Society will be keeping the Laidlaw Center on Cudworth Road and the Maritime and Irish Mossing Museum on the Driftway closed at least until February 2021. While this public health crisis diminishes some programming and research opportunities, there will be a number of virtual opportunities available from the GAR speaker’s series, along with concerts from Lawson Tower and the familiar access to the Scituate Light and the Mann House. Another site worth a visit is the pocket park beside the Stockbridge Mill. It is an underappreciated gem opposite the reservoir. We would also recommend you take the Harborwalk beginning in Cole Parkway. Along this walk, the story of Scituate’s maritime traditions and the people who developed the harbor is told panel by panel. The Society will continue to respond to emails and phone messages can be left at 781-545-1083.

As the headquarters of the Scituate Historical Society, the Kathleen Laidlaw Historical Center provides the heartbeat of the organization. Two meeting rooms are available for local organizations needing meeting space. All inquiries to the Scituate Historical Society pass through this facility.

Opened in 1893, the building served as the Town’s high school until the central section of what is now the Gates Intermediate School was completed in 1917. Originally located on the site of the Gates School on First Parish Road, it was moved to its present location of 43 Cudworth Road in 1919.

Hours are Monday-Friday from 10am-4pm and most Saturdays from 10am-1pm.


43 Cudworth Road, Scituate, MA 02066