After inventing geometry and physics, Greeks invented history—primarily as a way to document their many inventions. Take a stroll through history with today’s Groupon: for $5, you get admission for two to Winchendon Historical Society (a $10 value), located in Winchendon.
Formed more than 80 years ago, the Winchendon Historical Society occupies and guides tours through a towering, white, 160-year-old Victorian mansion located in the middle of the Winchendon settlement, affectionately known as Toy Town for its toy-making industry. Inside these palatial confines, explore 22 antique-furniture-filled rooms, all with the original wood molding—including cherry, mahogany, quarter-sawn oak, southern yellow pine, and walnut—and leaded or stained-glass windows. The historical society's extensive collection of period memorabilia occupies two full rooms with Civil War artifacts and fills a room with hundreds of archival maps, which depict Winchendon, surrounding towns, and where Atlantis is hiding in the north Atlantic Ocean. If the house's enormity becomes overly daunting, buffs can take the guided tours—starting June 5—offered Wednesdays and Sundays and included in the cost of admission.
Grouponicans also get 20% off at the gift shop with today's deal, where they can fill their need for nostalgia with various take-home goods bearing the town's iconic wooden horse. Postcards share visitors' experiences with loved ones, monographs deepen knowledge, and historical society mugs make an ideal item to be signed by John Hancock impersonators.