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Building Demolition: If you are a homeowner or contractor with plans to demolish an older building, it is strongly recommended that you contact the Historical Commission as early as possible to explore options. Town Bylaws require that the Historical Commission sign off on all demolition applications for buildings over 75 years old. The Town of Chelmsford is serious about maintaining its historic character, but this does not mean that projects have to be delayed or made economically impractical.

Sign Program: if your home is listed in the State Inventory, you are eligible for a new oval historic marker sign at no charge. Please submit your request by e-mail.

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History of Chelmsford 1910-1970

The Chelmsford Historical Commission was established under Massachusetts General Law Chapter 40 Section 8D and is comprised of three to seven members. All are volunteers appointed by the Town Manager and approved by the Board of Selectmen for a 3-year term.

The mission of the Chelmsford Historical Commission is to preserve, protect and develop public awareness of Chelmsford's historical assets.

The Commission has published History of Chelmsford 1910-1970. Initiated by the Board of Selectmen in 1965, the book was never finished. The manuscript has been professionally edited and an epilogue chapter added to bring the reader up to 2011. Pick it up at the Town Manager's office for $30 each.

Read a brief History of Chelmsford that also includes a timeline.

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