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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), 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 — 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), 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), 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 — 1st Lt. Joshua L. Booth USMC
“Freedom is nor 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 m106288) 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), 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), 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), 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 — 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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