Foxborough in Norfolk County, Massachusetts — The American Northeast (New England)
The Reservoir on Powder House Hill / The Town House
The circular granite structure to the rear of the town hall lot is the reservoir erected by Union Straw Works in 1858. A windmill provided power to draw water up from the reservoir which was then gravity fed to the factory on Wall Street. Plans by the Foxborough Historical Society to use the facility as a museum in 1909 proved unworkable.
Earlier, the reservoir site was occupied by a powder house. It was erected in 1804 when voters decided to stop storing the town's supply of gun powder in the garret of the meeting house on the common.
Foxborough's first municipal building was erected on this site in 1857 to provide space for town offices and a police lockup. The town's first fire station was located to the rear of the lot. The private English and Classical High School leased space in the town house from 1858 to 1876. The town then added a school wing to the building for the first public high school for local students. The town house and school wing were destroyed by fire June 4th 1900 with a loss of life of three fire fighters.
Erected 2002 by Foxborough Historical Commission.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Government & Politics • Industry & Commerce. A significant historical month for this entry is June 1933.
Location. 42° 3.77′ N, 71° 14.996′ W. Marker is in Foxborough, Massachusetts, in Norfolk County. Marker is on Liberty St, on the left when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Foxboro MA 02035, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 2 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Memorial Hall (about 400 feet away, measured in a direct line); Centre Burial Ground (about 400 feet away); Union Straw Works / Birth of the Straw Hat Industry (about 700 feet away); Entering Baker Street Historic District (approx. ¼ mile away); The Town Lot (approx. 0.4 miles away); Lakeview (approx. 1.1 miles away); The Lodge at Foxborough (approx. 1.3 miles away); Foxborough State Hospital Cemetery (approx. 1.4 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Foxborough.
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