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Earl Taylor, President of the Dorchester Historical Society with a 2010 bottle of pear wine made from the Dorchester Clapp Pear

In 2009 the Dorchester Historical Society began to harvest the Clapp pears grown from the fruit trees at the William Clapp House, home of the Dorchester Historical Society. The project was initiated to raise funds and restore the 1850 barn located beside the Clapp House, an important icon of Dorchester’s agricultural history and one of the few remaining livestock barns in Boston. “It’s our pear and we will have a little bit of our history in the wine,” said Earl Taylor, society president. “And the pear will help us preserve that history.”

The Dorchester Historical Society offers a prolific range of events and educational programming.

Photo by Jack Tumacki, Globe Staff Photographer, Boston Globe