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

The Sturbridge Common

 
 
The Sturbridge Common Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 20, 2018
1. The Sturbridge Common Marker
Inscription.

Public land since the town's founding and first formally surveyed in 1762, the Common has served many purposes. Militia mustered here and marched to join the New England army outside Boston in April, 1775. Cattle pens once crowded the open field during the annual 19th-century Sturbridge Agricultural Fairs. A three-story shoe factory operated for nearly 50 years against the high banking on which now stands the Joshua Hyde Library. Today, hosting craft fairs, concerts, and outdoor weddings, the Common continues to evolve. The Library, the Civil War Soldiers' Monument, the Town Hall, the Center School, and the Old Burying Ground all occupy Common ground.

 
Erected by the Town of Sturbridge.
 
Location. 42° 6.474′ N, 72° 4.773′ W. Marker is in Sturbridge, Massachusetts, in Worcester County. Marker is on Morse Street north of Main Street (Massachusetts Route 131), on the right when traveling north. Touch for map. Marker is near the west end of the Sturbridge Common. Marker is in this post office area: Sturbridge MA 01566, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Civil War Soldier's Monument (within shouting distance of this marker); The Old Burial Ground
The Sturbridge Common and Marker image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 20, 2018
2. The Sturbridge Common and Marker
Showing back of marker, looking SE across the Common
(within shouting distance of this marker); Commerce on the Common (within shouting distance of this marker); "Witness Tree" (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Revere Bell (about 300 feet away); The Center School (about 300 feet away); War Memorial (about 300 feet away); Lt. Charles J. Collins USAAC (about 300 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Sturbridge.
 
Also see . . .  An historical sketch of Sturbridge, Mass., from its settlement to the present time (Clark, 1838). (Submitted on June 15, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
Categories. Colonial EraMan-Made FeaturesSettlements & Settlers
 
The Sturbridge Common image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 20, 2018
3. The Sturbridge Common
Looking NW across the Common
Josiah Hyde Library image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., May 20, 2018
4. Josiah Hyde Library
<i>A. C. Morse Shoe Manufactory</i> image. Click for full size.
Photo courtesy of the Joshua Hyde Public Library, 1870
5. A. C. Morse Shoe Manufactory
"Currently the site of Joshua Hyde library, this image shows the A.C. Morse Shoe Manufactory sometime between 1868-1877. The original building, on the town common, was built in 1850, by Elisha Southwick. Mr. Southwick obtained permission and a lease from the town, in 1850. Subsequently, he leased the business to Merrick and Allen and joined them in a partnership, in 1859. Mr. Merrick and Mr. Allen left the firm and Southwick continued the business until his son-in-law, A.C. Morse took over the business, about 1868. Hiram Carter bought an interest, in 1869 and the business name became Morse and Carter. Mr. Carter withdrew and Mr. Morse continued in business, alone, until about 1877. A group of workers is depicted standing at the east side of the A.C.Morse building." - Joshua Hyde Public Library
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 15, 2018. This page originally submitted on June 15, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 46 times since then. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on June 15, 2018, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.   5. submitted on June 15, 2018.
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