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By Larry Wilson, October 7, 2006
Colonial Home 1777 Marker
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Athol — Colonial Home 1777
Colonial Home 1777 - John Haven, Jr., a private in General George Washington's army, built this home during the revolution. He had fought in the siege of Boston and the victories at Ticonderoga and Saratoga — Map (db m73185) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Auburn — Dr. Robert H. Goddard Park
First liquid propellant rocket launched in Auburn Mass. Mar. 16, 1926 by R.H. Goddard This park dedicated to his memory by the Rotary Club of Auburn 1970 — Map (db m18099) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Brookfield — Brookfield1630 -- 1930
Settled in 1660 by men from Ipswich on Indian lands called Quaboac. Attacked by Indians in 1675. One garrison house defended to the last. Reoccupied twelve years later. — Map (db m48781) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Brookfield — Civil War Memorial
Two hundred sixty-six volunteers went to the Civil War from Brookfield 1861-1865. Thirty-eight died in the service. Erected July 4, 1890 by the citizens of Brookfield to commemorate the deeds of their loyal sons in the War for the Preservation . . . — Map (db m106166) WM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Brookfield — MA-13 — Gen. Henry Knox Trail
Through this place passed General Henry Knox in the winter of 1775 – 1776 to deliver to General George Washington at Cambridge the train of artillery from Fort Ticonderoga used to force the British Army to evacuate Boston. Erected by the . . . — Map (db m17926) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Fayville — Corporal Harold E. FayDedicated in Memory of

Killed in action at Itra, Italy May 19, 1944 757 Tank Bn. U. S. Army World War II — Map (db m122596) WM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Fiskdale — War Memorial

Erected in honor of those from our town who served in the several wars. ———————————— Dedicated in Honor of Rosario A. Chamberland Past Commander, . . . — Map (db m118888) WM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Fitchburg — Fitchburg Civil War Memorial
Fitchburg erects this monument in memory of her brave sons who fell and in honor of all her loyal citizens who perilled their lives in the great struggle which secured the unity of the Republic and the freedom of an oppressed . . . — Map (db m12264) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Grafton — Hassanamesit1630 - 1930
John Eliot established here in 1651 a village of Christian Indians called Hassanamesit - "at a place of small stones." It was the home of James the Printer who helped Eliot to print the Indian Bible. — Map (db m93037) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Grafton — Indian Reservation1630 - 1930
These four and one-half acres have never belonged to the white man, having been set aside in 1728 as an Indian Reservation by the forty proprietors who purchased the Praying Indian town of Hassanamesit. — Map (db m93038) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Grafton — Thomas Hooker Trail1630 - 1930
Crossing the highway at this point is the Indian trail followed by the Reverend Thomas Hooker in 1636 when, with his invalid wife borne on a litter, he led a company of Massachusetts settlers to found Hartford, Connecticut. — Map (db m93035) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Hardwick — Brig. Gen. Timothy Ruggles1711-1797
He arrived in Hardwick about 1754 settling on a farm, now Upper Church Street. A lawyer, he was graduated from Harvard in 1732. Ruggles distinguished himself in the French and Indian War, thus becoming the highest ranked colonist of this time. He . . . — Map (db m106410) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Hardwick — Hardwick (MA) Civil War Monument
Dedicated to the Heroes who fell, and the Patriots who fought for Union and Liberty 1861-1865 by their comrade Col. Louis E. Granger, U.S. Vols. Cold Harbor Reams Station Antietam Port Hudson Cedar Mountain Gettysburg . . . — Map (db m106409) WM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Harvard — Harvard Civil War Monument
South side Harvard erects this monument in grateful remembrance of her soldiers who gave their lives to their country in the war for the defence of the Union East side Allen, Edward M. - Co. G 36th Reg. Bigelow, Joseph H. - Co. H 1st . . . — Map (db m66305) WM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Harvard — Harvard Unitarian Universalist Church
Four previous church buildings have stood on this approximate site. The first meeting house was constructed in 1733 when the congregation first gathered. A new building was necessary in 1775 to accomodate the congregation's growth. The third . . . — Map (db m66304) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Harvard — Harvard Veteran's Memorial
Dedicated to the Citizens of Harvard who served their country in World War II 1941-1946 Korea 1950-1955 Vietnam 1964-1975 — Map (db m66288) WM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Harvard — Town of HarvardFounded — June 29 1732
Upper Panel Set off from Groton • Lancaster • Stow by petitions to the General Court • Incorporators • Simon Stone • Groton • • Thomas Wheeler • Stow Jonathan Whitney and Hezekiah Willard Lancaster The name Harvard was inserted in the . . . — Map (db m66292) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Harvard — World War Memorial1917 - 1919
South Panel In honor of Those of Harvard who loyally served their country and in memory of Edward - Enoch - Thomas PVT. Co. M., 101st U.S. Inf. 26th Div. A.E.F. Died of wounds received at Chateau Thierry July 12, 1918 North Panel . . . — Map (db m66291) WM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Hopedale — Adin Ballou Memorial
Adin Ballou — Preacher, Author, Reformer, Philanthropist, Apostle of Christian Socialism, and Founder of the Hopedale Community. 1803–1890. “Blessed are the Peacemakers.” “Not disobedient to the heavenly . . . — Map (db m1618) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Lancaster — Lancaster1630 - 1930
The Plantation of Nasheway embracing this and several adjoining towns was granted to a group of "Undertakers" in search of iron deposits, in 1644. John Prescott the first settler made a success of frontier farming under great difficulties. — Map (db m48798) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Lancaster — Rowlandson Rock
Rowlandson rock is the site where captives such as Mary Rowlandson, her son, and others from Lancaster, spent their first night. The Indians holding them captive had just raided and burnt the Rowlandson Garrison and all of the buildings in town. . . . — Map (db m33566) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Lancaster — Rowlandson Rock1630 - 1930
On the crest of George Hill, near by, is situated Rowlandson Rock where the captives from the Rowlandson garrison house passed their first night after the burning of Lancaster by the Indians February 10, 1675–76. — Map (db m48799) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Lancaster — Site of Mary Rowlandson’s Capture
In the field nearby was situated the garrison house of the Rev. Joseph Rowlandson first ordained minister of Lancaster. During his absence on February 10, 1675-76 this garrison house was attacked and destroyed by the Indians. The inhabitants were . . . — Map (db m32253) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Lancaster — Site of the Great Elm
Nearby was the largest elm in New England, one of the many huge elms for which Lancaster was famous during the 18th and 19th centuries, located beside the Nashua on an old road called Lover’s Lane. Measurements in 1888: circumference at 5 ft. above . . . — Map (db m31819) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Leicester — MA-15 — Gen. Henry Knox Trail
Through this place passed General Henry Knox in the winter of 1775 – 1776 to deliver to General George Washington at Cambridge the train of artillery from Fort Ticonderoga used to force the British Army to evacuate Boston. Erected by the . . . — Map (db m17929) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Leominster — Birthplace of Johnny Appleseed
Near this site was born John Chapman known as Johnny Appleseed Sept. 26, 1774 — Mar. 18, 1845 — Map (db m32789) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Leominster — The Drake Home and the Underground Railroad
Here on February 16, 1851, Jonathan and Frances Drake participated in the rescue of the fugitive slave Shadrach Minkins. The case attracted national attention and the rebuke of President Millard Fillmore. Undeterred, abolitionists like the Drakes . . . — Map (db m101543) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Mendon — First Meeting House1630 - 1930
Here stood Mendon's first meetinghouse, built in 1668 and destroyed by Indians in 1676. Joseph Emerson, the minister, was an ancestor of Ralph Waldo Emerson. — Map (db m48762) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Mendon — Founders' Park1906
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: . . . — Map (db m91558) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Mendon — In Honor of Mendon's Soldiers
Who fought in the French-Indian Wars 1755 - 1763 and its Minute Men who responded so quickly to the Lexington Alarm April 19, 1775 and its Revolutionary Soldiers who did their part in winning the war that gave us our freedom and independence 1775 - . . . — Map (db m63959) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), New Braintree — Wheeler’s Surprise1630 – 1930
One mile to the southwest, off the North Brookfield Road, Edward Hutchinson’s company seeking a parley with the Nipmucs was ambushed by Indians August 2, 1675, and more than half were slain. Captain Hutchinson died from his wounds. Captain Thomas . . . — Map (db m48786) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), North Oxford — Clara Barton’s Birthplace1630 – 1930
One mile westward Clara Barton, "the angel of the battlefield," was born in 1821. A volunteer nurse in the Civil War, she served the International Red Cross in the Franco-Prussian War, founded the American Red Cross and served as its president for . . . — Map (db m48042) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Northborough — MA-18 — Gen. Henry Knox Trail
Through this place passed General Henry Knox in the winter of 1775 – 1776 to deliver to General George Washington at Cambridge the train of artillery from Fort Ticonderoga used to force the British Army to evacuate Boston. Erected by the . . . — Map (db m17938) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Northborough — Mary Goodnow's Grave1630 - 1930
Mary Goodnow who lived here with her parents was lame and unable to run to the garrison house for safety when the Indians attacked Northborough, August 18, 1707. A short path leads through the woods to her grave near the place where she fell. — Map (db m48796) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Northborough — Northborough World War I Memorial
Dedicated in Honor and Memory of Those of Northborough Who Served in the World War 1917-1918 — Map (db m29726) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Northborough — The Minuteman
In honor of the men and women of Northborough who served our nation in war and peace. — Map (db m18583) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Oxford — Huguenot Settlement1630 - 1930
Up this road on Mayo's Hill, are the remains of a bastioned fort built by Huguenots driven from France by the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. Their prosperous settlement was interrupted by Indian attacks in 1696, and finally abandoned in 1704. — Map (db m48787) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Oxford — Old Maanexit Ford1630 - 1930
From this ford branched trails to Woodstock, Brookfield and Sturbridge. This way ran the Post Route established in 1672 "to goe monthly" from New York to Boston. Here, June 5, 1676, Major Talcott's Connecticut troops passed to join the final . . . — Map (db m48784) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Oxford — The Johnson Massacre1630 - 1930
John Johnson and three children were killed by Indians in his house on this spot August 25, 1696. His wife was saved by her brother. — Map (db m48785) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Princeton — Redemption Rock1630 - 1930
Upon the rock fifty feet west of this spot Mary Rowlandson, wife of the first minister of Lancaster, was redeemed from captivity under King Philip. The narrative of her experience is one of the classics of colonial literature. — Map (db m48794) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Princeton — Site of Mary Rowlandson’s Release
Upon this rock May 2nd 1676 was made the agreement for the ransom of Mrs. Mary Rowlandson of Lancaster between the Indians and John Hoar of Concord. King Philip was with the Indians but refused his consent. — Map (db m32257) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Shrewsbury — MA-17 — Gen. Henry Knox Trail
Through this place passed General Henry Knox in the winter of 1775 – 1776 to deliver to General George Washington at Cambridge the train of artillery from Fort Ticonderoga used to force the British Army to evacuate Boston. Erected by the . . . — Map (db m17933) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Shrewsbury — Shrewsbury Minute Men
One hundred and twenty-eight minute-men from Shrewsbury responded to the Lexington alarm April 19, 1775. --------------------------- First Precinct Company – 65 men Job Cushing – Captain Asa Rice 1st Lieut ----------- Abner Miles 2nd . . . — Map (db m18579) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Southborough — 150th Anniversary of St. Mark's Church

The Electronic Carillon playing hymns from this tower is given in honor of the 150th Anniversary of St. Mark's Church by The Parishioners of 2012 as a gift to the Church and to the community of Southborough

Blessed and . . . — Map (db m122545) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Southborough — American Revolutionary War Veterans Memorial

Dedicated in Honor of Southborough's American Revolutionary War Veterans

1775 - 1783

With Eternal Gratitude to Those Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice

Major Josiah Fay (d. August 8, 1776) Private Jesse Amsden (d. March 3, 1778) . . . — Map (db m122593) WM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Southborough — Civil War Memorial

In Memoriam Our Country's Defenders Rebellion 1861.

W. E. Buck • P. H. Cleary • O. Edwards H. L. Fay • E. A. Frederick • C. F. Fisher T. A. Gould • J. Haggarty • P. Kilgariff M. J. Burditt • R. Mulstee • G. W. Nichols A. G. . . . — Map (db m122538) WM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Southborough — Eliza, Waldo and Edward Fay

The three bells in this tower are named by Alison Ledger Fraser in honor of Eliza, Waldo and Edward Fay Each of whom was Headmaster of Fay School and each devoted over thirty years of faithful service to the School and to . . . — Map (db m122542) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Southborough — MA-20 — Gen. Henry Knox Trail
Through this place passed General Henry Knox in the winter of 1775 – 1776 to deliver to General George Washington at Cambridge the train of artillery from Fort Ticonderoga used to force the British Army to evacuate Boston. Erected by the . . . — Map (db m17941) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Southborough — Joseph Burnett

This stone commemorates the life and good works of Joseph Burnett of Southborough

Born November 11, 1820 Died August 11, 1894.

Founder and builder of this church Founder of St. Mark's School Devoted and honoured . . . — Map (db m122541) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Southborough — Olde Burial Grounds

This tablet was erected in 1995 in memory of the members of the early generations of the town who were buried here in graves marked and unmarked between 1727 and 1895 — Map (db m122594) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Southborough — Reverend Nathan Stone

In memory of the Revd Nathan Stone, first Pastor of the Chh. of Christ in Southborough. He was born in Harwich Feb. 18, 1708, graduated at Harvard College 1726. Ordained to the work of the ministry in this place Oct. . . . — Map (db m122595) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Southborough — Veterans Memorial

To the Veterans of Southborough

from the Phaneuf Family Nov. 11, 1987Map (db m122546) WM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Southborough — War Memorial

Tribute to Veterans of All Wars ☆ ☆ ☆ Supreme Sacrifice

W. W. I L. L. Bagley

W. W. II C. H. Davis • H. E. Fay • R. O. Gould F. C. Harris • L. C. Hunt • J. P. Janiak J. G. MacNeill • R. L. Renaud . . . — Map (db m122588) WM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Southborough — World War I Memorial

Captured World War I German Howitzer 155 mm Donated in 1919 by American Legion Post 132

Restored 1991

In memory of All World War I Veterans Southborough, Massachusetts — Map (db m122539) WM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Southbridge — From Rail to TrailThe Grand Trunk and Southern New England
Huge piles of fill, deep rock cuts, and towering abutments are all that remains of the never-completed Southern New England Railroad (SNE).

The line was owned by Grand Trunk Railroad (GTR). a Canadian company, and stretched from Palmer, . . . — Map (db m105864) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Southbridge — Servant Square
Dedicated August 15, 2010, in memory of the seven Servant brothers who faithfully and honorably served their Country during WWII.

Town of Southbridge-Southbridge Veterans Council

Albert L. USA · Clovis E. USA · Gerard A. USA Leon A. . . . — Map (db m122610) WM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Southbridge — Southbridge Civil War Memorial
. . . — Map (db m122587) WM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Southbridge — Southbridge Honor Rolls
Southbridge Honor Rolls

(Names not transcribed)Map (db m123853) WM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Southbridge — Southbridge World War I Memorial
They gave their today for our tomorrow

Names of those who made the Supreme Sacrifice

Frank Beers Adelard Bibeau Leo Bibeau Stanislas Boisvert Thomas H. Brogan William Broughton Henry C. Cunha Samuel Desmaris Parmelius . . . — Map (db m122667) WM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Spencer — MA-14 — Gen. Henry Knox Trail
Through this place passed General Henry Knox in the winter of 1775 – 1776 to deliver to General George Washington at Cambridge the train of artillery from Fort Ticonderoga used to force the British Army to evacuate Boston. Erected by the . . . — Map (db m17927) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sterling — "Mary Had a Little Lamb"
Statue front: Born in Sterling, Mass. Mary Elizabeth Sawyer 1806-1889 and her little lamb Long side of the base: “Mary had a little lamb, Its fleece was white as snow, And everywhere that Mary went, The lamb was sure . . . — Map (db m48420) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sterling — Mary Sawyer’s Birthplace
. . . — Map (db m31353) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — "Witness Tree"

On this site stood a 55" diameter sugar maple tree, its age calculated to have been growing and a "witness" of the town's incorporation on June 24, 1738 and subsequent history until removed in March of 2006. . . . — Map (db m118858) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — The Fire Pit

The fire pit was a familiar sight in the farmyard. When large kettles needed to be hung over a fire, the kitchen fireplace might not be big enough, but the outside fire pit was ideal. During spring, summer and fall, the fire pit provided . . . — Map (db m118916) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — 1771 Publick House Historic Inn & Country Lodge

Home of US Army First Service Command Tactical School 1942 - 1943 — Map (db m118873) HM WM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — 1st Lt. Joshua L. Booth USMC
“Freedom is not Free” This Bridge Dedicated to 1st Lt. Joshua L. Booth USMC Who was killed in Iraq on October 17th, 2006 Who as a child enjoyed fishing the Quinebaug River from this bridge Who is honored by a grateful . . . — Map (db m124618) WM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — An Open Landscape
By the early 1800s, family farms covered southern New England, and most of the land had been cleared of trees. For generations farmers had been cutting down trees, draining swamps, hauling rocks out of their fields, and building fences to . . . — Map (db m121538) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — Brooks Pottery Kiln
This strange-shaped brick structure is a kiln for baking – or firing – the redwood pottery made in the shop across the road. The kiln functions much like an oven. The open center is where the potter stacks his pots, jars, jugs, and . . . — Map (db m121530) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — Civil War Soldier's Monument

[Honor Roll] A. M. Bullard • J. B. Blodget • J. Brigham J. B. Cooper • J. A. Johnson • C. C McMaster I. G. Plimpton • R. Sharruck • C. M. Whittemore P. Gavin • W. J. Allen • C. H. Brown • W. Carter T. O'Hare • H. Smith • W. J. . . . — Map (db m118866) WM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — Commerce on the Common

The Publick House, founded by civic leader Ebenezer Crafts in 1771, and the adjacent retail building are survivors of the time when the Common was the commercial center of Sturbridge. The inn served as a stage stop on the Worcester-Stafford . . . — Map (db m118864) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — Controlling Livestock: The Town Pound
Livestock were everywhere in farming communities. Although the law required that they be fenced in, they often got loose. Stray animals were brought to town pounds like this large stone structure, where they were impounded and cared for until . . . — Map (db m121525) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — Farming as a Way of Life
Farming was central to life in rural New England. Two out of three households were headed by farmers, and the seasonal rhythms of farm work shaped the calendar. Most families owned some land, but many rented other people’s land. From plowing . . . — Map (db m121514) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — Fitch House Yard

The ornamental front yard became more common in Village households in the 1830s. This one includes a circular garden, decorative plantings, and a small area of grassy lawn.

The back part of the yard is for work and storage. It . . . — Map (db m118915) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — Freeman Farm

This is the homelot of the Pliny Freeman Farm, with dwelling house, barn, and other outbuildings, kitchen garden, and farm fields. The Freeman family's house was moved here from its original location just a few miles away.

A typical . . . — Map (db m118938) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — Getting Water

A well sweep is one of the simplest ways to raise water from a well.

A well sweep is like a big seesaw, with one end heavier than the other. A bucket is tied to the lighter end. When you lower the bucket into the well, the heavy end . . . — Map (db m119686) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — Lt. Charles J. Collins USAACof Baraboo, WI — In Memory Of

who died from injuries parachuting from a P-47 which crashed in Sturbridge on Sept. 1, 1943. His body was recovered 4 miles south of this location

Dedicated Memorial Day May 29, 1995 — Map (db m118885) HM WM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — Millstones

These millstones, made of New England granite, were used to grind grain into meal (a fine powder) for baking and cooking.

Millstones in a gristmill work in pairs, like scissor blades, with the grooved surfaces facing each . . . — Map (db m118890) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — Millstones

These millstones, made of New England granite, were used to grind grain into meal (a fine powder) for baking and cooking.

Millstones in a gristmill work in pairs, like scissor blades, with the grooved surfaces facing each . . . — Map (db m118929) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — Revere Bell

Erected 1833 in Sturbridge Federated Church Cracked by fire 1908 Recast 1909 through the generosity of Alvin B. Chamberlain Dedicated 1976 — Map (db m118869) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — Sturbridge Honor Roll War Memorial

[Honor Rolls of Veterans]

War of Independence 1775 - 1783

World War II 1940 - 1946

Korean Conflict 1950 - 1955

Vietnam Conflict 1961 - 1975

Iraq - Afghanistan Conflict This temporary plaque is in honor of . . . — Map (db m118871) WM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — Tantiusques1630 – 1930
The graphite or blacklead deposit near by was valued by the Indians for face paint, and by the white men for pencils and other uses. John Winthrop, Jr., was "granted the hill at Tantousq" in 1644, and began to exploit the mine in 1658. — Map (db m48043) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — The Architectural Style of the Salem Towne House

This house was built in 1796 in Charlton, Massachusetts for prosperous farmer and merchant Salem Towne and his family. Its architecture is a rural interpretation of the "Adam" or "Federal" style. Between the 1780s and the 1820s, the first . . . — Map (db m118914) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — The Center School

Built in 1852 on the site of the town's original Meeting House, the Center School helped Sturbridge consolidate its outlying one-room district schools. It continued as a site for elementary education until the 1950s, when the present Burgess . . . — Map (db m118883) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — The Graveyard
This re-created graveyard reminds us that death is an inevitable part of life. In early New England, most people were buried in graveyards near the meetinghouse, although some were put to rest in family or neighborhood plots. Some graves were . . . — Map (db m121519) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — The Old Burial Ground1740 - 1894

Stone wall built in 1794 by Revolutionary War Veterans ————————— Gates a 1920 gift of Mrs. Joseph Fiske, granddaughter-in-law of Josiah Fiske. Gates restored in 2001 by the . . . — Map (db m118865) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — The Smokehouse

Farm families usually butchered during the late fall when cool weather kept the meat fresh during processing. In an average butchering season, a farm family produced enough pork, beef, and mutton to last the year. Before refrigerators and . . . — Map (db m118934) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — The Sturbridge Common

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 . . . — Map (db m118863) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — Today we see a different view.
Today the New England landscape is covered with forest. You can see this from any high point, or the window of an airplane. It is hard to imagine that the trees you see from this hill were not here 150 years ago. Then 50 to 80 percent of the . . . — Map (db m121544) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — War Memorial

To keep forever living the freedom for which they died we dedicate this symbol of our dead in World War II

Medal of Honor Plt. Sgt. Joseph R. Julian Killed in Action Cpl. Rosaire M. Julian M.O.M.M.1/c Lincoln G. Plimpton . . . — Map (db m118884) WM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — Welcome to the Pasture Walk

Daily work often took people away from the farmyard to pastures and woodlots.

• In spring, summer, and fall farmers and their children drove animals to and from pasture.

• In warmer months farmers made and mended fences and . . . — Map (db m118935) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Sturbridge — Where is the Farm?

The Salem Towne House Built in 1796 in Charlton, Massachusetts Like most of their neighbors, the Towne family farmed. As you can see from their house, they were more prosperous than most. While a typical family farm in 1830s New England . . . — Map (db m118918) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Warren — Boston Post Road
This section of the old Boston Post Road – Washington Street to Southbridge Road – was probably named for General George Washington who traveled this way en route to Boston to take command of the American troops in 1775. He had paused at . . . — Map (db m18559) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Warren — MA-12 — Gen. Henry Knox Trail
Through this place passed General Henry Knox in the winter of 1775 – 1776 to deliver to General George Washington at Cambridge the train of artillery from Fort Ticonderoga used to force the British Army to evacuate Boston. Erected by the . . . — Map (db m17923) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Webster — Chaubunagungamaug1630 - 1930
Site of Praying Indian town established by John Eliot and Daniel Gookin in 1674 and known as Chaubunagungamaug. — Map (db m48783) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Webster — East Village Textile Mill
On this site in 1812 Samuel Slater, the Father of the American Industrial Revolution, Founded the East Village Textile Mill.

In 1936 the Rockefeller Family bought the property and for 75 years operated Cranston Print Works which was an . . . — Map (db m122918) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Webster — Samuel Slater
To the memory of Samuel Slater Founder of America’s Cotton Industry And the Town of Webster Born at Belper Derbyshire 9 June 1768 Died at Webster Massachusetts 21 April 1835 This monument is dedicated By Ray and H. Nelson Slater his Great . . . — Map (db m122917) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Webster — Slater Cotton Mill
Site of original Slater Cotton Mill

Established circa 1812 by Samuel S. Slater

Dedicated to the memory of Samuel S. Slater by Cranston Print Works Company

September 1977 — Map (db m122920) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), West Brookfield — Birthplace of Lucy Stone
1818-1893 “Labor unceasingly until every woman will possess equal and full justice in all things.” An early advocate and leader in the long struggle for Equal Rights, Lucy Stone was born in a farmhouse 0.3 mile from this point on . . . — Map (db m107668) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), West Brookfield — Birthplace of Lucy Stone
Lucy Stone’s determined vision for girls’ and women’s equality was incubated in her home at this site. A young girl who resented her mother’s life of drudgery and no respect, Lucy helped with the housework and resolved to change the way women . . . — Map (db m107669) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), West Brookfield — Boston Post Road68 Miles from Boston
This road is the first mail route in North America, established in 1673 by King Charles II of England. In 1767, while Benjamin Franklin was Postmaster General, mileage was marked out with stone markers from Boston to New York City. — Map (db m18561) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), West Brookfield — Fort Gilbert1630 - 1930
Here stood Fort Gilbert, built about 1688 to protect the second settlement of Brookfield from Indian raids. — Map (db m48782) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Westborough — The Old Connecticut Path1630 - 1930
An Indian trail before 1630 left the road here to go over Fay Mountain. — Map (db m48793) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Whitinsville — Blackstone Canal1828 - 1848

Northbridge, MA Canal Route & Lock Location

This property has been listed in the National Register of Historic Places by the United States Department of the Interior — Map (db m117520) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Whitinsville — Civil War Memorial1861 • 1865

To the men of Northbridge who gave their lives for their country

Andrew Addison • Henry W Ainsworth • James Allen Arthur J Andrus • Alfred A Batcheller Elbridge Bodwell • Dexter Brown • Edwin R Brown Joseph E Brown • Jeremiah H . . . — Map (db m117472) WM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Whitinsville — Corporal John M. Dawson

Corporal John M. Dawson, lifelong resident of Whitinsville, was killed in action while on a patrol in Jalalabad, Afghanistan on April 8, 2015. He served as a combat medic assigned to Headquarters and Headquarters Troop, 1st Squadron, 33rd . . . — Map (db m117449) WM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Whitinsville — David P. CaseyMedal of Honor

Pvt USA Co C 25th Mass Vols For heroism and gallantry under enemy fire Saved the Flag Cold Harbor, Va., June 3, 1864 — Map (db m117471) WM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Whitinsville — Plummer's Landing

In 1836 Israel Plummer built a store beside a boat basin and dock here—the mid-point of the canal journey between Worcester, Massachusetts and Providence, Rhode Island. Retail products sold at Plummer's store included stove parts, tools . . . — Map (db m117521) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Whitinsville — The Northbridge Contingent in the Nations Wars - 1939-1955

World War II [Honored Dead] Oliver Ashton • Frank Berkowicz • Francis Bonoyer Floyd Convent • Francis Deveau • Alvin Dillaber Harvey Duquette • William Girard • Edward H Haringa Philip Hathaway • Douglas Henderson • . . . — Map (db m117474) WM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Whitinsville — Thomas J. Melia, Jr.

The Mumford Riverwalk is dedicated to

Thomas J. Melia, Jr. 1926-1998

who dedicated his life to us in war and in peace: as a U.S. Marine and as an Officer and Chief of our police department.

His life was an . . . — Map (db m117450) WM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Whitinsville — Veterans Memorial

Dedicated to all who have served, are serving and will serve in the Armed Forces of the United States of America — Map (db m117473) WM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Whitinsville — Vietnam War Memorial1961 - 1975

Dedicated to the men and women from the town of Northbridge who served during the Vietnam War

"Ours was an honorable cause"

In memory of Joseph E. Fitzgerald SSgt. United States Army November 25, 1948 - May 31, . . . — Map (db m117481) WM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Whitinsville — Welcome to Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park

"The hardest working river, the most thoroughly harnessed to the mill wheels of labor in the United States, probably the world, is the Blackstone." Winthrop Packard, 1909

The Massachusetts Department of Environmental Management (DEM) . . . — Map (db m117522) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Whitinsville — Whitinsville Social Library

Edward Whitin and Arthur Fletcher Whitin have erected this building to be maintained forever as a free library for the use of the Citizens of Northbridge . . . — Map (db m117469) HM

Massachusetts (Worcester County), Worcester — Bartholomew F. (Bart) Sullivan1879 - 1968
Head Track Coach at Holy Cross 1912-1964 and first Athletic Trainer. Placed third in 1900 Boston Marathon. Coached over 3000 Crusaders, including three Olympians. In 1918 coached baseball and football. His track squads won 70% of dual meets, also . . . — Map (db m122514) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Worcester — First Mill1630 - 1930
A few rods east stood the house and mill of John Wing built in 1684. This was the only house left standing after the breaking of the second settlement of Worcester. — Map (db m48044) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Worcester — First Perfect Game in Professional Baseball
On June 12, 1880, the first perfect game in professional baseball history was pitched on this site (the former Worcester Agricultural Fairgrounds) by J. Lee Richmond of Worcester against Cleveland in a National League game. — Map (db m70961) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Worcester — MA-16 — Gen. Henry Knox Trail
Through this place passed General Henry Knox in the winter of 1775 – 1776 to deliver to General George Washington at Cambridge the train of artillery from Fort Ticonderoga used to force the British Army to evacuate Boston. Erected by the . . . — Map (db m17932) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Worcester — Indian Village Pakachoag1630 - 1930
One-half mile up Malvern Road is the Indian spring and the site of the Indian village Pakachoag, clear spring, one of the three Indian villages on Worcester ground. John Eliot preached here in 1674. — Map (db m88496) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Worcester — John J. (Jack) Barry '101887 – 1961
Prep. 1904-06, College 1906-08. Captain Holy Cross Baseball 1908. All-Time, All-Star, Holy Cross Shortstop. Philadelphia Athletics 1908-15. Member Connie Mack’s million dollar infield. Red Sox 1915-18. Manager Red Sox 1917. World Series . . . — Map (db m122513) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Worcester — Jonas Rice1630 - 1930
On the slope of the hill one-half mile west stood the house of Jonas Rice, the first permanent dwelling in Worcester, built in 1713. He served as schoolmaster and his son, Adonijah, was the first white child born in Worcester. — Map (db m48790) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Worcester — Samuel Leonardson1630 - 1930
At the end of Hamilton Street is the site of the Leonardson house from which in 1695 Samuel, aged twelve, was taken captive. Two years later he was with his Indian master at the burning of Haverhill and helped Hannah Dustin to make her escape. — Map (db m48791) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Worcester — Wigwam Hill1630 - 1930
One mile north on Wigwam Hill was one of the three Indian villages on Worcester ground. The heirs of Sagamore Pennasanet sold their rights to Captains Gookin, Henchman and Prentice on December 6, 1677. — Map (db m48045) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Worcester — Worcester1630 - 1930
The first settlement of this lonely region called Quinsigamond was attempted in 1673, but abandoned during King Philip's War. A second settlement, attempted in 1684, soon named Worcester, was also temporarily abandoned because of Indian hostility. . . . — Map (db m48046) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Worcester — Worcester1630 - 1930
The first settlement of this lonely region called Quinsigamond was attempted in 1673, but abandoned during King Philip's War. A second settlement, attempted in 1684, soon named Worcester, was also temporarily abandoned because of Indian hostility. . . . — Map (db m48047) HM
Massachusetts (Worcester County), Worcester — Worcester1630 - 1930
The first settlement of this lonely region called Quinsigamond was attempted in 1673, but abandoned during King Philip's War. A second settlement, attempted in 1684, soon named Worcester, was also temporarily abandoned because of Indian hostility. . . . — Map (db m48048) HM

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