Linked Archives: OCHM

The Old Colony History Museum (OCHM), Taunton, MA, traces its roots back to 1853, making it one of New England's oldest historical societies. The OCHM collection contains regional objects and archives that bring local history to life for museum visitors. OCHM maintains a research library specializing in the genealogy of Southeastern Massachusetts and local history, a museum of objects associated with the history of the Taunton area, and educational programs that are open to the public. In addition to multiple Reed & Barton catalogs, including both the 1877, 1885 books, the collection contains over 200 examples of Reed & Barton Britania and silverware, as well as manufacturing tools. OCHM also has Reed family portraits, manuscripts, diaries, copies of newspaper articles, correspondences, company records, and catalogs pertaining to Reed & Barton in Taunton, ranging from the years 1824-2017. 

1840 to 1870


Old Colony History Museum virtual tour of Reed & Barton’s Taunton factory, 2022

Watch on YouTube

Francis the First flatware

Clara White Reed diaries, 1839–1847

Henry Reed death notice, 1901

Cash Receipts, 1886


c. 1837







Old Colony History Museum

66 Church Green 

Taunton, Massachusetts 02780

Open Tuesday – Saturday 

10 a.m. – 4 p.m.


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