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Sterling in Worcester County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
 

Mary Sawyer’s Birthplace

 
 
Mary Sawyer’s Birthplace Marker image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, May 31, 2010
1. Mary Sawyer’s Birthplace Marker
Inscription.
Mary had a little lamb . . .
Birthplace of
Mary E. Sawyer
(and her lamb)
1806 - 1889
Sterling, Ma.

 
Location. 42° 25.884′ N, 71° 44.211′ W. Marker is in Sterling, Massachusetts, in Worcester County. Marker is on Maple Street, on the left when traveling east. Click for map. Marker is just before Maple Street ends in a T with Rugg Road. Marker is at or near this postal address: 108 Maple Street, Sterling MA 01564, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 7 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Lancaster (approx. 1.2 miles away); "Mary Had a Little Lamb" (approx. 1.3 miles away); Rowlandson Rock (approx. 2.1 miles away); a different marker also named Rowlandson Rock (approx. 2.6 miles away); Site of Mary Rowlandson’s Capture (approx. 3.4 miles away); Site of the Great Elm (approx. 3.7 miles away); Birthplace of Johnny Appleseed (approx. 5.8 miles away); The Drake Home and the Underground Railroad (approx. 6.4 miles away).
 
Regarding Mary Sawyer’s Birthplace. Mary Elizabeth Sawyer of Sterling, Massachusetts, probably
Looking East image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, May 31, 2010
2. Looking East
A modern house, intended to look like the original, is under construction where the old one stood.
inspired the popular nursery rhyme, “Mary Had a Little Lamb.” When she was about 10 years old, a lamb she’d been caring for followed her to school, and an older schoolmate named John Roulstone penned the opening lines of the poem. Sarah Josepha Hale of Boston published a much-expanded version together with some other poems in 1830.

The original house in which Mary Sawyer was born stayed in the family for generations. Sadly, it was destroyed by fire in August 2007.
 
Also see . . .
1. Sterling Historical Society. The story of Mary Sawyer, her lamb, and the nursery rhyme. Included are facsimile pages of a 1928 pamphlet by Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ford. (Submitted on May 31, 2010, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.) 

2. Wikipedia article. About the authorship of the poem. (Submitted on May 31, 2010, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.) 

3. Worcester Telegram and Gazette. News article about the 2007 fire that destroyed the original house where Mary Sawyer was born. (Submitted on May 31, 2010, by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.) 
 
Categories. AnimalsArts, Letters, MusicNotable Persons
 
View of Yard Looking North image. Click for full size.
By Roger W. Sinnott, May 31, 2010
3. View of Yard Looking North
<i>Original Home of Mary Sawyer "Mary and her Little Lamb" Sterling, Mass.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1920
4. Original Home of Mary Sawyer "Mary and her Little Lamb" Sterling, Mass.
<i>Where Mary (Sawyer) and the Little Lamb Went to School Sterling, Mass.</i> image. Click for full size.
circa 1910
5. Where Mary (Sawyer) and the Little Lamb Went to School Sterling, Mass.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts. This page has been viewed 1,795 times since then and 61 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on , by Roger W. Sinnott of Chelmsford, Massachusetts.   4, 5. submitted on . • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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