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

Founders’ Park

1906

 
 
Founders' Park Marker- Front image. Click for full size.
By Russell Chaffee Bixby, September 30, 2011
1. Founders' Park Marker- Front
Inscription.
In memory of the honored founders of Mendon
'the old mother town.'
Settled 1663.
Incorporated 1667.
Eight towns are now located on her original territory. Near this spot Mendon's first three meeting houses were built."

Founders 1668:
Ferdinando Thayer George Aldrich Daniel Lovett John Moore John Woodland John Barber Matthias Puffer Joseph White John Thompson Walter Cook Abraham Staples John Gurney John Rockwood

Founders 1680:
Col. William Crown John Jepson Rev. Joseph Emerson Samuel Hayward Benjamin Albee William Holbrook Job Tyler Joseph Stevens John Warfield Angel Torrey John Parish Timothy Winter John Sprague

Founders 1690:
Rev. Grindall Rawson George Sumner Robert Taft Benjamin Wheelock Josiah Chapin James Keith John Farnum Joshua Lazell Samuel Read Joseph Plumly John Post Eleazer Daniels John Jones

(one name John Bartlett for some reason was omitted as a Founder on the Monument but was here by 1672 before many others named on the monument:) Bottom of Monument:
Above named are in the order of their settlement;1663-1770
This
Founders' Park Marker- Rear image. Click for full size.
By Russell Chaffee Bixby, September 30, 2011
2. Founders' Park Marker- Rear
Park Established by the Mendon Historical Society With Donations by descendants of the above Founders: A list of the donors may be found with the Town Memoirs:
 
Erected 1906.
 
Location. 42° 6.434′ N, 71° 33.222′ W. Marker is in Mendon, Massachusetts, in Worcester County. Marker is on Main Street near Hastings Street (Massachusetts Route 16), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Mendon MA 01756, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 8 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. First Meeting House (a few steps from this marker); In Honor of Mendon's Soldiers (approx. 0.3 miles away); Adin Ballou Memorial (approx. 1.8 miles away); Operation Iraqi Freedom Memorial (approx. 7.9 miles away); World War II Memorial (approx. 7.9 miles away); Korean Conflict Memorial (approx. 7.9 miles away); World War I Memorial (approx. 7.9 miles away); Vietnam Conflict Memorial (approx. 7.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Mendon.
 
More about this marker. Marker is the centerpiece of Founder's Park.
 
Related marker. Click here for another marker that is related to this marker. To better understand the relationship, study each marker in the order
Founders' Park Marker- Wide View of marker site. image. Click for full size.
By Russell Chaffee Bixby, September 30, 2011
3. Founders' Park Marker- Wide View of marker site.
shown.
 
Also see . . .
1. Founder's Park Page by Richard Grady. Excellent page that includes historical images and facts. (Submitted on March 28, 2013, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.) 

2. Blackstone River Valley National Historic Corridor. History and walking tour of Mendon. (Submitted on March 28, 2013, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.) 

3. Nancy Thompson's Founder's Park Transcribed Page. Thank you Nancy for your efforts. (Submitted on March 28, 2013, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.) 

4. Early Mendon, MA. Mendon is where King Philip's War began on July 14, 1675. This account of early Mendon focuses on that event. (Submitted on March 28, 2013, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.) 

5. Unitarian Congregation of Mendon & Uxbridge Church History. History from 1667 to 2008. Mendon's first houses of worship were built on what is now Founder's Park. (Submitted on March 28, 2013, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.) 

6. Mendon, Worcester, Massachusetts. A Wiki Places page with more historical detail. (Submitted on March 28, 2013, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona.) 

7. Sheltered from the Wicked World: Stories and Pictures from Hopedale's Past. The town of Hopedale was part of the original settlement at Mendon, Massachusetts. This page provides an extensive history and photographs of Founder's Park. (Submitted on March 15, 2014, by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts.) 
 
Additional keywords. Pilgrims,Rawson,Chapin,Emerson,King Philip's War
 
Categories. Churches, Etc.Colonial EraSettlements & Settlers
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on March 28, 2013, by Chris English of Phoenix, Arizona. This page has been viewed 486 times since then and 40 times this year. Last updated on December 14, 2015, by John Trainor of Mendon, Massachusetts. Photos:   1, 2, 3. submitted on March 15, 2014, by Russell Chaffee Bixby of Bernardston, Massachusetts. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.
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