Friends of the Job Lane House Report a ‘Significant’ Year With 400 Visitors in 2023

December 5, 2023

Submitted by Friends of the Job Lane House

In her annual report, President Judith Barber outlined important events of the year at the historic Job Lane house. A major improvement was the replacement of the roof, which was funded by Town Meeting. The barn rental policy has also been updated to promote easier barn and grounds rentals. Barber said the website will be reviewed and updated to include additional features for the coming year’s activities.

Horse-drawn plows and rakes from the 1800s were donated to the Job Lane Farm Museum by Nathan Kimball. The equipment was in excellent condition and needed to be protected from the weather. Approval was obtained from the Historic Preservation Commission to construct a shelter for the display of equipment used in the era of the Job Lane farm hundreds of years ago. Courtesy Image

Operations Director Roy Kring reported that a highlight of the year was the acquisition of a beautiful antique highboy cabinet, now in the Great Room, thanks to member Steve Arsenault who follows the antique market in New Hampshire.  

Kring said some 400 visitors toured the Job Lane Farm Museum during the 2023 season. Family Field Day, sponsored by the Bedford Cultural Council, was a popular event again for the second year. In addition to the new cedar shingle roof for the house, a shelter was constructed to protect horse-drawn plows and rakes donated by Nathan Kimball.

Novanta CARES volunteers helped with spring cleanup while the Bedford Garden Club spent many hours maintaining the herb and native plant gardens. House tours began in May. Kring praised the Job Lane Museum Student Docent program, sponsored by the Bedford Cultural Council, that brought three energetic Bedford High School students to House Tour Sundays.  They received many compliments from visitors, Kring noted. Town Historian Sharon McDonald provided informative dialog that was placed on stands in each room of the house for visitors to read.

The Job Lane House got a new cedar shingle roof this year. Courtesy Image

The annual Job Lane House tour for the Job Lane Elementary School third graders enlightened many of the young visitors with an exposure to life in colonial times.

In her annual report, Barber noted the passing in SeptemberJ of longtime member Cecile LeMay Walker, who was also active in the Bedford Historical Society.  Member Jeannette Pothier recalls that Walker was the tour guide at one time and made a video on how tours were given.  

Save the Date

The Annual Meeting of the Job Lane Farm Museum has been scheduled for March 24 at the Old Town Hall. All are welcome.

Job Lane Barn and Grounds Rentals

Said Barber, “You should consider holding your next event at the Job Lane Farm Museum Barn and Property! Our reception and meeting areas offer a memorable experience in a distinctive setting, rich with history. Conveniently located at 295 North Rd, the Job Lane Farm Museum property is a unique choice for receptions, business meetings, private events, weddings, and lectures.”

2023  Officers and Directors

The Job Lane Farm Museum was well 
represented at Bedford Day 2023 by Julia Whiteneck and Carol Hand. Courtesy Image

Judith Barber, President
Betsey Anderson, Treasurer
Dorothy Africa, Secretary
Roy Kring, Operations Director 2024 
John Linz, HPC Representative                                            
Ralph Hammond, Director 2024
Kimberly Sweet, Director 2024
Judith Barber, Director 2025                               
Julia Whiteneck, Director 2025
Dorothy Africa, Director 2026
Carol Hand, Director 2026 
Kate Reynolds, Director 2026

Contact The Job Lane House at P. O. Box 720, Bedford, MA 01730. See the website for more details at 

The Job Lane House is a 501(c)3 Non-profit. Follow us on Facebook –  

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