The Marlborough Historical Society

The Marlborough Historical Society The Marlborough Historical Society is dedicated to the historic preservation, education, and celebration of Marlborough, Massachusetts. www.HistoricMarlborough.org.
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The Marlborough Historical Society is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization dedicated to historic preservation, education, and celebration in Marlborough, Massachusetts. It is the only organization of its kind in Marlborough and depends on donations of time and money, memberships, purchases, and special events to fund ongoing preservation and education, free monthly programs, and special celebrations. Other than a few small grants for specific programs, the Society receives no city, state, or federal money. As an all-volunteer organization, 100% of your donation funds the Society's historic preservation and education.

Mission: The Marlborough Historical Society is dedicated to the historic preservation, education, and celebration of Marlborough, Massachusetts.

This a fun link to browse, although a little sad that our entry (about halfway down the page) was demolished 2013-14.  I...
01/19/2020

This a fun link to browse, although a little sad that our entry (about halfway down the page) was demolished 2013-14. It was the 1855-60 Andrews – Boggs house on Mt. Pleasant Street. Photo from its inventory form. https://www.octagon.bobanna.com/MA.html

Merry Christmas from the Marlborough Historical Society!   You might get a jolly chuckle out of these vintage cards...
12/25/2019
Some of the Earliest Christmas Cards Were Morbid and Creepy

Merry Christmas from the Marlborough Historical Society! You might get a jolly chuckle out of these vintage cards...

Santa kidnapping children and murderous mice were par for the course in the Victorian-era Christmas card tradition.

Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday for history tours and cookies, at our Christmas on the Farm event!
12/15/2019

Thanks to everyone who came out yesterday for history tours and cookies, at our Christmas on the Farm event!

1688 Peter Rice Homestead, the Marlborough Historical Society's home base...
12/14/2019

1688 Peter Rice Homestead, the Marlborough Historical Society's home base...

Please join the City and Society at Evergreen Cemetery, on December 7, 2019, at 11:00 AM as the City of Marlborough Re-I...
12/04/2019

Please join the City and Society at Evergreen Cemetery, on December 7, 2019, at 11:00 AM as the City of Marlborough Re-Inters Remains of Revolutionary War Hero

PRESS RELEASE
On December 7, 2019, at 11:00 AM the City of Marlborough will hold a ceremony re-interring the remains of Robert Eames (1738-1821) of Marlborough who fought in both the Revolutionary War and the French and Indian Wars. Eames’ Tomb at Wilson Cemetery, where his remains have laid since 1821, had been damaged by years of tree and vegetation overgrowth, poor mid-century preservation techniques and
vandalism. Mayor Arthur Vigeant has emphasized his desire to revitalize all the City’s cemeteries as both a source of civic pride and a commitment to showcasing the City’s historical past.

Marlborough resident Lieutenant Commander Matthew Sargent, United States Naval Reserve, and Trustee of the Marlborough Historical Society will give a brief speech of commemoration. The remains of Robert Eames were removed in early October by Richard Collins of Collins Funeral Home and sequestered on his property until the Wilson Cemetery tomb was fully revitalized. Marlborough’s DPW, along with a
restoration specialist, not only restored the burial tomb inside and out but also cleaned, repaired and straightened over 140 Wilson cemetery monuments. “By bringing Robert Eames back to a pristine resting place at Wilson Cemetery, we not only show respect for a fallen hero but also openly honor the character of all Marlborough’s residents, past and present,” Said Mayor Arthur G. Vigeant. “It’s rather fitting, that this ceremony should take place on Pearl Harbor Day. Pearl Harbor opened a flood-gate of enlistments to protect America’s homeland. Robert Eames heard the call of Lexington and Concord and did not hesitate to enlist as one of America’s first Minute Men. I would like to thank Commissioner Ghiloni and the entire Marlborough DPW for their work on these important restorations.”

Bob Fagone, Chair of the Marlborough Historical Commission, noted: “we’ll stand behind all of Mayor Vigeant’s and the DPW’s initiatives to rejuvenate and display Marlborough’s historic cemeteries, most of them already on the National Register.”

11/25/2019
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11/21/2019

There will be no genealogy workshop on Thursday Nov 28th due to Thanksgiving. There will be one on December 26th.

"Since it became America’s first mail route back in 1673, the Boston Post Road has connected Boston to New York City, de...
10/27/2019
How the Post Road wrote New England’s history

"Since it became America’s first mail route back in 1673, the Boston Post Road has connected Boston to New York City, delivering messages, guiding travelers, and tying the Northeast together. ..."

BORN FROM INDIAN PATHSIn November 1645, John Winthrop Jr., son of the Massachusetts Bay Colony governor, embarked on a grueling, unprecedented 26-day tour of southern New England. In choosing his route, he relied on Indian trails: the so-called Connecticut Path running west from Boston and the Bay P...

It's always exciting when a new piece of evidence suddenly appears, in this case as a background ghost in a photo we've ...
10/20/2019

It's always exciting when a new piece of evidence suddenly appears, in this case as a background ghost in a photo we've had for years of the little Nathan Drury/Holyoke house & farm on Rt 20W. The faint ghost image to the right of the little house is of the Luke Drury house, one of the Old Homestead paintings that we did not have a photo of before. But more importantly it shows a center chimney half house, of a form that dates to the early days around 1700-1750. It would be very very unusual for a half-house of that type to be built after 1835, or even after 1780. I now believe it's the original house on the plot. Supporting the idea is that the foreground Drury/ Holyoke house was described as as built 'on the old place' by Nathan Drury (born after 1795, so he would have married and been building between 1820-35.) It's almost an exact match for the Abraham Howe house which appeared on Elm St. between 1835 and 1853. Only one Drury house shows on a 1835 map, but by 1853 the second appears.

The state is considering designating Route 20 as a state historic highway, this coming Tuesday 10/15 at the statehouse i...
10/10/2019

The state is considering designating Route 20 as a state historic highway, this coming Tuesday 10/15 at the statehouse in Boston. There's a link in the original post if you want to take action.

Our bill to designate Route 20 as a State Historic Highway in Massachusetts will be heard this coming Tuesday, October 15 at the Statehouse in Boston.

If you are a Massachusetts resident and would like to send a testimonial letter of support to the Chairs of the Transportation committee, please follow this link and submit.

https://malegislature.gov/Committees/Detail/J27

10/05/2019

Update: thank you so much to the girl who just bought back a small change purse they'd bought when they realized there was a license and money inside. Another customer had set it down on a table while she was picking items up, and is very very relieved!

Thank you so much to speaker/trustee/poet Bob Fagone and everyone who came out last Tuesday to 1969: the Year of Living ...
09/29/2019

Thank you so much to speaker/trustee/poet Bob Fagone and everyone who came out last Tuesday to 1969: the Year of Living Dangerously! It was a moving presentation that connected Bob's year with what was going on for those in Marlborough and around the country and world.

Coming Saturday October 5th 8am -1pm at the homestead... The Marlborough Historical Society is having an open house sale...
09/07/2019

Coming Saturday October 5th 8am -1pm at the homestead... The Marlborough Historical Society is having an open house sale of items de-assessioned from our archives and storage areas. We're also having a general yard sale on the grounds - since this is a fundraiser, donated items are also needed to be sold such as household items, jewelry, art, tools, furniture, collectibles, toys, DVDs, books, etc. Appraisers will be present to evaluate your treasures for a small fee. For more information and to arrange donation dropoff call Buck at 508-481-0905.

Getting ready for the Labor Day parade;  come on down to Main St! The parade starts at noon but come early to get a good...
09/02/2019

Getting ready for the Labor Day parade; come on down to Main St! The parade starts at noon but come early to get a good spot and enjoy the festivities!

Marlborough lost a lion last week, Ernie Ginnetti, long time treasurer of the Marlborough Historical Society passed away...
08/27/2019

Marlborough lost a lion last week, Ernie Ginnetti, long time treasurer of the Marlborough Historical Society passed away. He knew more about old houses than anyone I've met, and practiced what he preached, by buying, taking apart and moving, then restoring the Deacon Matthias Rice House, circa 1741, from Northborough to Marlborough, and then reconstructing again after a fire. He will be greatly missed. Per his obituary: 'A Graveside Service will be held on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 at 1 p.m. in Evergreen Cemetery, Wilson Street, Marlborough, MA. Calling hours will be held prior to the service from 10-12:30 also on Wednesday, August 28, 2019 in the Short & Rowe Funeral Home, 95 West Main Street, Marlborough, MA. In lieu of flowers, please make memorial donations in Ernie's name to the Marlborough Historical Society, P.O. Box 513, Marlborough, MA 01752'
https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/metrowestdailynews/obituary.aspx?n=ernest-r-ginnetti&pid=193734133&fhid=20775

We can't wait!
08/22/2019
Marlborough to turn into a living museum

We can't wait!

Marlborough hopes to launch the state's first Museum in the Streets – a free walking tour that showcases the city’s historical identity – Labor Day weekend.

Mr & Mrs J.E. Stratton Homestead - Ferndale Farm.  Brigham Street in Marlborough.  House burned May 30 1935, and the pho...
08/18/2019

Mr & Mrs J.E. Stratton Homestead - Ferndale Farm. Brigham Street in Marlborough. House burned May 30 1935, and the photo appears to be 1870-80s based on their clothing style.

Spending the weekend cleaning out the garage and de-cluttering the house?  Want to put your unneeded items to good use? ...
08/10/2019

Spending the weekend cleaning out the garage and de-cluttering the house? Want to put your unneeded items to good use? We are collecting items for our October yard sale. Since this is a fundraiser, we need donated items such as furniture, household items, jewelry, art, tools, etc. (no clothing) Appraisers will also be present to evaluate your own treasures for a small fee. For more information call Buck at 508-481-0905.

08/09/2019

NOTICE
The historical Society office will be closed during the week of August 12-16.

In the 1790 census, Marlborough was the wealthiest town in Mass, courtesy partly to its apple orchards and good farmland...
08/04/2019
The 1790 Census: New England by the Numbers - New England Historical Society

In the 1790 census, Marlborough was the wealthiest town in Mass, courtesy partly to its apple orchards and good farmland. (not mentioned in article, but Paul Brodeur has done prior research) Some of the other changes are startling...

According to the 1790 census, New England looked a lot different in ways you might not expect. Middleborough, Mass., for example, was bigger than Hartford.

07/21/2019

On the 7th of September the old Middlesex chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution will be conducting a grave marking ceremony for Ananias Cooke, a veteran of the Revolutionary War. This will take place at 10am at the Robin Hill Cemetery on Donald Lynch Drive near the sports center. Folks are welcome to join!

This is the turn of the century home of D. Curran, at the corner of Stevens St and Union.  Yes it's still there although...
06/01/2019

This is the turn of the century home of D. Curran, at the corner of Stevens St and Union. Yes it's still there although the road has taken up most of the front yard.

The Marlborough Historical Society's cover photo
04/27/2019

The Marlborough Historical Society's cover photo

04/10/2019
Museum in the Streets

Marlborough will soon be the first city in Mass to have a Museum in the Streets! Click link to see more info from Trustee and project chair Bob Fagone!

Soon the streets of Marlborough will become an outdoor museum. An international series of self-walking tours started by a historian in 1996 will soon launch ...

From the outside it appears cheerful but undistinguished, but inside the history shines - 31 Springhill off High St near...
03/02/2019

From the outside it appears cheerful but undistinguished, but inside the history shines - 31 Springhill off High St near the First Church. The building currently houses Drumais Salon but was built around 1868 as the Abel Howe shoe factory. It's full of gorgeous original floors and beams, and a 2 story atrium with lamps from St. Mary's Church. Current owner Christian Drumais has a great appreciation of its history, especially as the building will be 150 years old this year. According to our local expert Paul Brodeur "I believe the Abel Howe factory figured in the Shoe Strike story of the late 1890's. If memory serves, Rice and Hutchins made a deal to use the empty factory to make sneakers with the stipulation that there would be no union interference since it was a new type of shoe. The unions went along but felt betrayed when other types of shoes were shifted to this factory. Shortly after, the unions were locked out of the other factories, but this factory was unaffected by the lockout. Rice and Hutchins may have been the last operator of the factory."

Henry Knox trail goes through Marlborough...sounds like a fun weekend trip to follow it!
01/13/2019
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Henry Knox trail goes through Marlborough...sounds like a fun weekend trip to follow it!

Rev250 resource of the day — On Jan 10, 1776, Col. Henry Knox crossed into Massachusetts with his “noble train of artillery” from the Lake Champlain forts. The Henry Knox Trail on Google Maps:

On this day in history...
01/10/2019

On this day in history...

Fun Fact: #OnThisDay in 1894, the New England Telephone and Telegraph Company installed the first battery-operated switchboard in Lexington, Massachusetts. The company was short lived, but the telephone switchboard became an essential component of communications before the wireless age.

This business card, probably from the late 1870s, reads, “The connecting link between the traveler and his home” and “Every Bell Telephone is a long distance station.” Check out more objects from our library and archives at https://www.historicnewengland.org/explore/collections-access/

The lost Addison Brigham Homestead that used to stand at 112 Brigham Street on the southern edge of Marlborough.  Pictur...
01/06/2019

The lost Addison Brigham Homestead that used to stand at 112 Brigham Street on the southern edge of Marlborough. Pictured are Grace D Brigham and her grandson Roger Edward Brigham. Photo taken by Alfred E Brigham Jr (father of Roger). I'm guessing late 30's by the car but someone who knows the family (or cars) could tell us better.

Dec 30, 1794 Andrew Peters of Westborough surveyed in Marlborough in October and November and made a plan of the town da...
12/30/2018

Dec 30, 1794 Andrew Peters of Westborough surveyed in Marlborough in October and November and made a plan of the town dated this day. He laid down the old post road and concord road, ascertained the number of acres in the ponds, and the grist and saw mills in town His account was 11.25 cents. The committee of three, that assisted him, charged 37.91 cents. The plan of the town was made, agreeable to a resolve of the General court, dated June 26th 1794. (From Cyrus Felton's 600 Interesting Events) (fixed typo I had 1794 at top but swapped numbers in last line)

Merry Christmas to all, from the Marlborough Historical Society...
12/25/2018

Merry Christmas to all, from the Marlborough Historical Society...

This is the old Washington Street School  The first schoolhouse in this area was behind what’s now the old central fire ...
12/22/2018

This is the old Washington Street School The first schoolhouse in this area was behind what’s now the old central fire station. In 1865 this Italianate Washington Street School was built off Bolton between Washington and Rice Streets. It was replaced on this site with the current Bessie Freeman School in 1916, which was an elementary until 1981. It is now used for the district office and early childhood program. Don't forget to 'like' our posts so they continue to show in your feed!

This had the typical number of windows for the time. Gas pendant lights and sconces were coming into fashion at the time and would have lit the school rooms adequately to their view. 'Fashionable town houses constructed in the 1860s often had a central pendant gas light (that is to say a gas light attached to the ceiling) in each of the principal rooms with a ventilation grille above, cunningly disguised in the deep recesses of the ceiling rose. Gas 'wall brackets' were used in place of the sconce, and some staircases were lit by newel lights attached to the newel post. The largest pendant fittings had several burners and were known as gasoliers." http://www.buildingconservation.com/articles/lighting/lighting.htm

Here's a big old house near the west end of Lincoln at the corner of Silver Street, taken around 1960.  I believe it was...
12/17/2018

Here's a big old house near the west end of Lincoln at the corner of Silver Street, taken around 1960. I believe it was built as some sort of rooming house or tourist hotel between 1855 and 1875 but we don't have much info. It would have had a nice view of Lake Williams before the trees and houses grew up around it. And yes, it's still there!

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One of your Early Citizens signature on a couple of documents I recently added to my collection. Luke Drury is the Administrator for Dr Timothy Darling of Grafton in 1784.
Best Wishes, Happy Christmas, Happy New Year, Greetings To MHS from Dr. Krishna Aathreya, 27 Mackay Dr, Marlborough, MA 01752 - Cell 1+ 423-523-5249 E M : [email protected]
With sadness we announce the peaceful passing of our father, Bill Downey age 84. Lifelong resident of Marlborough, Ma. Born and raised here. Purveyor, President & CEO of Downey Insurance Agency, Inc. for 40 years. owner of the former Ganis house 190 east main st circa 1860's. His wake will be Thursday March 7th, Main st. Marlborough, Ma at the John Rowe funeral home. 4 - 7 pm. Funeral services will be held Friday March 8th at St Mathias church, Hemenway St. Marlborough at 10:00 am followed by his burial at evergreen cemetery, Wilson st. All friends and well wishers are welcome.
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A daguerreotype from my collection of Abner Haven Wenzel at age 16. Did Marlborough have a newspaper in 1871? I'd sure like to learn more about this incident and the rumor that caused it. The photograph was taken about 1847. By the way, my mother grew up in Marlborough. She was one of the daughters of John E. Rice, attorney and owner of Rice Orchards.
My great uncle was Franklin G. Taylor, a noted citizen and decorated officer from the Spanish War. On Dec 4, 2010, on a Marlborough Historical Society Page, Brandon Weigand asked about a picture. I don’t know how to contact him, but yes, that was Franklin G. Taylor. Any suggestions how to let him know?
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Lebbeus Cook, my third great grandfather, who lived in Marlborough on a farm purchased by his father Ananias Cook in 1800. The property was in the family until about 1908 or so and is now the Hillside School. Ananias took part in the American Revolution. Ananias is buried in the Robin Hill Cemetery and Lebbeus is in Berlin in the Pleasant Street Cemetery.
Brilliant love the stories
Where did Deborah Sampson live in Marlborough and is her home still there?
When was the town name spelling changed from "Marlboro" to "Marlborough", and how did it come about?