Historical Commission


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The objective of the Historical Commission is to protect and preserve the Town's cultural character and assets, be they archaeological sites, historic buildings, open spaces, landscapes, or historic districts.


  • Maintains the Cultural Resource List of significant structures in Town (The Cultural Resource List is also available at the Memorial Library and is currently being updated.)
  • Reviews any development, demolition, or community planning to ensure that preservation concerns are considered via the public hearing process under Ch. N: Procedure for the Demolition of Historically or Architecturally Significant Building. (See link to Chapter N, Acton General Bylaws below.)
  • Oversees the Preservation of Archaeologically Significant Resources Bylaw (See link to Chapter AD, Acton General Bylaws below.)
  • Reviews and comments on all proposed subdivisions with regards to (loss of) stone walls, cart paths, old quarries, or other archaeological or historic elements of the landscape
  • Visits the property to identify and document culturally significant resources during the review process
  • Promotes and administers a Historic Marker Program for owners of historically significant buildings.


The Commission's jurisdiction includes everything outside of the boundaries of Acton’s three historic districts – Acton Center, South Acton, and West Acton.


The Historical Commission:

  • Serves as a design resource to property owners who are remodeling older properties.
  • Consults with the Historic District Commission (a separate Commission overseeing Acton’s three Historic Districts) to coordinate preservation efforts throughout Acton.
  • Has members serving on the Acton 250 Committee, which commemorates the 250th anniversary of the start of the American Revolution.