Plainville Historical Commission, Plainville Massachusetts

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Every day, but especially today we honor and remember those who stormed the beaches in France 77 years ago today during ...
06/06/2021

Every day, but especially today we honor and remember those who stormed the beaches in France 77 years ago today during Operation Overlord....D-Day. We also take the time to pause and reflect on those who stepped onto the sand, but never came home.

Soldiers from Plainville, like Private First Class Clifford Cooper of the 83rd Infantry Division, 331st Infantry Regiment, Killed In Action and laid to rest in Normandy.

156,000 landed and more than 4,400 died. Seventy-three thousand American forces landed in France — 23,250 of them on Utah Beach, 34,250 on Omaha Beach, and 15,500 airborne troops. In the British and Canadian sector, 83,115 troops landed — 24,970 on Gold Beach, 21,400 on Juno Beach, 28,845 on Sword Beach and 7,900 airborne troops.
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#dday #ddayanniversary #plainvillema #plainvilleheroes #rememberthefallen #rememberthosewhoserved

Every day, but especially today we honor and remember those who stormed the beaches in France 77 years ago today during Operation Overlord....D-Day. We also take the time to pause and reflect on those who stepped onto the sand, but never came home.

Soldiers from Plainville, like Private First Class Clifford Cooper of the 83rd Infantry Division, 331st Infantry Regiment, Killed In Action and laid to rest in Normandy.

156,000 landed and more than 4,400 died. Seventy-three thousand American forces landed in France — 23,250 of them on Utah Beach, 34,250 on Omaha Beach, and 15,500 airborne troops. In the British and Canadian sector, 83,115 troops landed — 24,970 on Gold Beach, 21,400 on Juno Beach, 28,845 on Sword Beach and 7,900 airborne troops.
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#dday #ddayanniversary #plainvillema #plainvilleheroes #rememberthefallen #rememberthosewhoserved

The Plainville Historical Commission would just like to congratulate all of the Plainville graduates for the Class of 20...
06/05/2021

The Plainville Historical Commission would just like to congratulate all of the Plainville graduates for the Class of 2021! Please Know how proud you we all are and proud of the History you have written and will continue to write going forward! Be proud of your accomplishments and especially of yourselves, because you make Plainville very proud of you!

Congratulations!!

Photo: Plainville High School graduating class of 1938. Original Photo with names can be found in the Plainville High School album. Unfortunately we do not have a photo of the Graduating Class of 1921.

The Plainville Historical Commission would just like to congratulate all of the Plainville graduates for the Class of 2021! Please Know how proud you we all are and proud of the History you have written and will continue to write going forward! Be proud of your accomplishments and especially of yourselves, because you make Plainville very proud of you!

Congratulations!!

Photo: Plainville High School graduating class of 1938. Original Photo with names can be found in the Plainville High School album. Unfortunately we do not have a photo of the Graduating Class of 1921.

We heard it was #nationaltrailsday while today might not be the best day to go for a hike on one of Plainville’s many tr...
06/05/2021

We heard it was #nationaltrailsday while today might not be the best day to go for a hike on one of Plainville’s many trails, it is something we highly recommend (on a cooler day). Such as the trails of Hawkins Woods (pictured here from the air) or the Scout trails along George St, or the old railroad trails behind the town park, just to name a few. Lots of places around Plainville to go on an adventure! So where is your favorite place to blaze new trails or revisit old favorites?
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#plainville #plainvillema #plainvilletrails #newengland #newenglandliving #newenglandtravel #trails #goingonanadventure #gohiking #hikingmassachusetts

We heard it was #nationaltrailsday while today might not be the best day to go for a hike on one of Plainville’s many trails, it is something we highly recommend (on a cooler day). Such as the trails of Hawkins Woods (pictured here from the air) or the Scout trails along George St, or the old railroad trails behind the town park, just to name a few. Lots of places around Plainville to go on an adventure! So where is your favorite place to blaze new trails or revisit old favorites?
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#plainville #plainvillema #plainvilletrails #newengland #newenglandliving #newenglandtravel #trails #goingonanadventure #gohiking #hikingmassachusetts

The weather forecast is saying today is going to be a scorcher and it’s kicking off a heatwave over the next couple of d...
06/05/2021

The weather forecast is saying today is going to be a scorcher and it’s kicking off a heatwave over the next couple of days. So what better photo to share for #ScenicSaturday to cool down than a nice blizzard picture.
Photo: corner of East Bacon St. Plainville. March 20, 1956.
Stay cool everyone and be safe!
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#plainvillema #plainvillehistory #scenesofnewengland #scenesofplainville #heatwave #firstheatwaveoftheseason #summerinnewengland

The weather forecast is saying today is going to be a scorcher and it’s kicking off a heatwave over the next couple of days. So what better photo to share for #ScenicSaturday to cool down than a nice blizzard picture.
Photo: corner of East Bacon St. Plainville. March 20, 1956.
Stay cool everyone and be safe!
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#plainvillema #plainvillehistory #scenesofnewengland #scenesofplainville #heatwave #firstheatwaveoftheseason #summerinnewengland

Well it’s been another fun #archiveshashtagparty hosted by our amazing friends @usnatarchives but we’ve had a long day t...
06/04/2021

Well it’s been another fun #archiveshashtagparty hosted by our amazing friends @usnatarchives but we’ve had a long day today from the program with Old Colony and over coming our nerves, so we’re taking our #soapbox for #archivesonwheels and driving off into the #sunset. This is #plainvillema signing off and bidding everyone a good night! Till next month!

Well it’s been another fun #archiveshashtagparty hosted by our amazing friends @usnatarchives but we’ve had a long day today from the program with Old Colony and over coming our nerves, so we’re taking our #soapbox for #archivesonwheels and driving off into the #sunset. This is #plainvillema signing off and bidding everyone a good night! Till next month!

#PlainvilleMa participating in the #archivesonwheels party wouldn’t be complete without sharing Plainville’s own @whitin...
06/04/2021

#PlainvilleMa participating in the #archivesonwheels party wouldn’t be complete without sharing Plainville’s own @whitinganddavisbags and the 1934 cast of @moulinrougebway stopping by the Whiting and Davis factory here in Plainville. #archiveshashtagparty

#PlainvilleMa participating in the #archivesonwheels party wouldn’t be complete without sharing Plainville’s own @whitinganddavisbags and the 1934 cast of @moulinrougebway stopping by the Whiting and Davis factory here in Plainville. #archiveshashtagparty

We have a few more #archivesonwheels to share before we excuse ourselves from this month’s awesome #archiveshashtagparty...
06/04/2021

We have a few more #archivesonwheels to share before we excuse ourselves from this month’s awesome #archiveshashtagparty so how about a nice #trolley ride? #plainvillema

We have a few more #archivesonwheels to share before we excuse ourselves from this month’s awesome #archiveshashtagparty so how about a nice #trolley ride? #plainvillema

06/04/2021

Taking a quick break from the #archiveshashtagparty for a moment. Just wanted to send out a Huge Thank You Once again to @oldcolonyhistory for inviting Plainville to participate in this month’s Virtual Visit. We loved having the opportunity to talk about Cowboy Town with everyone. We would also like to thank Plainville Third graders for joining the visit and asking some great questions! We know how interested in Cowboy Town Plainville kids are and we are so happy we had the chance to share it with Plainville’s future historians.
Anna Ware Jackson Elementary School

The program was recorded so if anyone wasn’t able to attend we will be posting it on our YouTube channel.
Now onto the open house on the 13th! But first,
More #archivesonwheels to come
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#localhistory #localhistorymatters #localhistorymuseum #supportlocalhistory #plainvillema #plainvillehistory #plainvillekidsarethebest #cowboytown #wildwestthemepark

When we said wheels up, this isn’t exactly what we meant. This could be an issue. #plainvillema #archivesonwheels #archi...
06/04/2021

When we said wheels up, this isn’t exactly what we meant. This could be an issue.
#plainvillema #archivesonwheels #archiveshashtagparty

When we said wheels up, this isn’t exactly what we meant. This could be an issue.
#plainvillema #archivesonwheels #archiveshashtagparty

We’re getting ready to go wheels up and flying over #plainvillema as we’re continuing to party for today’s #archiveshash...
06/04/2021

We’re getting ready to go wheels up and flying over #plainvillema as we’re continuing to party for today’s #archiveshashtagparty and #archivesonwheels with this photo from Wilkins Airport in Plainville.

We’re getting ready to go wheels up and flying over #plainvillema as we’re continuing to party for today’s #archiveshashtagparty and #archivesonwheels with this photo from Wilkins Airport in Plainville.

Okay on a serious note. We’re chugging along for this #archiveshashtagparty and wheeling down the tracks aboard the Dani...
06/04/2021

Okay on a serious note. We’re chugging along for this #archiveshashtagparty and wheeling down the tracks aboard the Daniel Nason.
#archivesonwheels #plainvillema #plainvilletrains

Okay on a serious note. We’re chugging along for this #archiveshashtagparty and wheeling down the tracks aboard the Daniel Nason.
#archivesonwheels #plainvillema #plainvilletrains

Of course we couldn’t celebrate this month’s #archiveshashtagparty without sharing the Cowboy Town Stagecoach! In five m...
06/04/2021

Of course we couldn’t celebrate this month’s #archiveshashtagparty without sharing the Cowboy Town Stagecoach! In five minutes we’ll be welcoming Old Colony History Museum in Taunton for a virtual visit to the Humphrey House to hear about Plainville’s own Wild West Theme park, Cowboy Town! #archivesonwheels #plainvillema

Of course we couldn’t celebrate this month’s #archiveshashtagparty without sharing the Cowboy Town Stagecoach! In five minutes we’ll be welcoming Old Colony History Museum in Taunton for a virtual visit to the Humphrey House to hear about Plainville’s own Wild West Theme park, Cowboy Town! #archivesonwheels #plainvillema

No #archivesonwheels party would be complete without the appearance of a #horselesscarriage #plainvillema #archiveshasht...
06/04/2021

No #archivesonwheels party would be complete without the appearance of a #horselesscarriage #plainvillema #archiveshashtagparty

No #archivesonwheels party would be complete without the appearance of a #horselesscarriage #plainvillema #archiveshashtagparty

This may not count for #archivesonwheels but for many #plainvillema kids, this ship made of recycled tires took us on ad...
06/04/2021

This may not count for #archivesonwheels but for many #plainvillema kids, this ship made of recycled tires took us on adventures on the high seas; off of the Wood School playgrounds and wherever our #imagination could take us. So we say, it counts for the #archiveshashtagparty

This may not count for #archivesonwheels but for many #plainvillema kids, this ship made of recycled tires took us on adventures on the high seas; off of the Wood School playgrounds and wherever our #imagination could take us. So we say, it counts for the #archiveshashtagparty

Since we’re mentioning the Fire Department and #archivesonwheels does anyone want to let the #PlainvilleMa Fire Departme...
06/04/2021

Since we’re mentioning the Fire Department and #archivesonwheels does anyone want to let the #PlainvilleMa Fire Department know that an 11 team of firefighters is great, but this might’ve been easier with maybe a horse or two? Good practice for the muster though. #archiveshashtagparty

Since we’re mentioning the Fire Department and #archivesonwheels does anyone want to let the #PlainvilleMa Fire Department know that an 11 team of firefighters is great, but this might’ve been easier with maybe a horse or two? Good practice for the muster though. #archiveshashtagparty

The US National Archives Hashtag Party is under way and Plainville is wheeling right into this #archivesonwheels with a ...
06/04/2021

The US National Archives Hashtag Party is under way and Plainville is wheeling right into this #archivesonwheels with a mini land/watercraft. Here we have Plainville Fire Chief Skinner and North Attleboro Fire Chief Grimes in an all terrine rescue vehicle.
Let the #archiveshashtagparty begin!! Plainville is here to P-A-R-T-Y
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#plainvillema #hashtagparty #archives #locahistory #supportlocalhistory

The US National Archives Hashtag Party is under way and Plainville is wheeling right into this #archivesonwheels with a mini land/watercraft. Here we have Plainville Fire Chief Skinner and North Attleboro Fire Chief Grimes in an all terrine rescue vehicle.
Let the #archiveshashtagparty begin!! Plainville is here to P-A-R-T-Y
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#plainvillema #hashtagparty #archives #locahistory #supportlocalhistory

We’re just 24 hours away from our first Virtual Program and we’re stampeding through!Hosted by Old Colony History Museum...
06/03/2021

We’re just 24 hours away from our first Virtual Program and we’re stampeding through!

Hosted by Old Colony History Museum in Taunton, the Plainville Historical Commission will be taking part in this Virtual Visit to discuss Plainville’s own Wild West Theme Attraction, Cowboy Town! We’re very excited about this program and hope you will all “join us”.
For more information please head over to the Old Colony History Museum page or website! “See” you all tomorrow!
@oldcolonyhistory @plainville_massachusetts
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#firstprogram #firstvirtualprogram #virtualprogram #oldcolonyhistorymuseum #plainville #plainvillema #plainvillehistory #cowboytown #plainvillescowboytown #museumshelpingmuseums #museumfromhome #localhistory #allhistoryislocalhistory #localhistorygroup #historicpreservation

We’re just 24 hours away from our first Virtual Program and we’re stampeding through!

Hosted by Old Colony History Museum in Taunton, the Plainville Historical Commission will be taking part in this Virtual Visit to discuss Plainville’s own Wild West Theme Attraction, Cowboy Town! We’re very excited about this program and hope you will all “join us”.
For more information please head over to the Old Colony History Museum page or website! “See” you all tomorrow!
@oldcolonyhistory @plainville_massachusetts
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#firstprogram #firstvirtualprogram #virtualprogram #oldcolonyhistorymuseum #plainville #plainvillema #plainvillehistory #cowboytown #plainvillescowboytown #museumshelpingmuseums #museumfromhome #localhistory #allhistoryislocalhistory #localhistorygroup #historicpreservation

We heard a rumor that it was #worldbicycleday so we thought we’d wheel out one of our favorite images. Digitized from a ...
06/03/2021

We heard a rumor that it was #worldbicycleday so we thought we’d wheel out one of our favorite images. Digitized from a glass plate negative, rescued by one of our members. We have no information about the bicycle group in this photo but it’s pretty cool!
#plainvillema #worldbicycleday2021

We heard a rumor that it was #worldbicycleday so we thought we’d wheel out one of our favorite images. Digitized from a glass plate negative, rescued by one of our members. We have no information about the bicycle group in this photo but it’s pretty cool!
#plainvillema #worldbicycleday2021

We just heard that that some amazing volunteers just finished cleaning (or fishing in this case) Plainville Pool to get ...
06/03/2021

We just heard that that some amazing volunteers just finished cleaning (or fishing in this case) Plainville Pool to get it ready for the Season! So we thought in honor that step in the right direction, we’d share this as a Throwback Thursday post!

So excited for our friends at the Plainville Park Department on Opening the Pool!
Love it!
To find out how you can help get the Pool ready for the summer email John at [email protected]

Photo: Plainville Pool, 1930s cleanup. Digitally Donated by Judith Cobb at previous scanning party.
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@plainville_massachusetts @plainvilleparkdept
#throwbackthursday #thursdaythrowback #plainville #plainvillepool #poolcleaning #poolseason #poolfishing #1930s #localhistory #supportlocalhistory #plainvilletownpark #telfordpark

We just heard that that some amazing volunteers just finished cleaning (or fishing in this case) Plainville Pool to get it ready for the Season! So we thought in honor that step in the right direction, we’d share this as a Throwback Thursday post!

So excited for our friends at the Plainville Park Department on Opening the Pool!
Love it!
To find out how you can help get the Pool ready for the summer email John at [email protected]

Photo: Plainville Pool, 1930s cleanup. Digitally Donated by Judith Cobb at previous scanning party.
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@plainville_massachusetts @plainvilleparkdept
#throwbackthursday #thursdaythrowback #plainville #plainvillepool #poolcleaning #poolseason #poolfishing #1930s #localhistory #supportlocalhistory #plainvilletownpark #telfordpark

Hello little Bunny visitors to the Humphrey House. We’re not open just yet, June 13th from 10-2. Tell your friends!...#b...
06/02/2021

Hello little Bunny visitors to the Humphrey House. We’re not open just yet, June 13th from 10-2. Tell your friends!
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#bunnyrabbit #bunniesofinstagram #wildbunny #visitinghistory #historicalhomes #housemuseum #plainville #plainvillema #newlittlefriends

Hello little Bunny visitors to the Humphrey House. We’re not open just yet, June 13th from 10-2. Tell your friends!
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#bunnyrabbit #bunniesofinstagram #wildbunny #visitinghistory #historicalhomes #housemuseum #plainville #plainvillema #newlittlefriends

Our volunteers are hard at work cleaning and organizing. While this going on Carol Lewicki stopped by and gave us some f...
06/02/2021

Our volunteers are hard at work cleaning and organizing. While this going on Carol Lewicki stopped by and gave us some freshly cut flowers from the berms where town hall was. So beautiful!! Thank you Carol so much!!!
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#ourvolunteersrock #weloveourvolunteers #readytoopen #historichomes #freshcutflowers #thiscommunitycares #localhistorymuseum

Our volunteers are hard at work cleaning and organizing. While this going on Carol Lewicki stopped by and gave us some freshly cut flowers from the berms where town hall was. So beautiful!! Thank you Carol so much!!!
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#ourvolunteersrock #weloveourvolunteers #readytoopen #historichomes #freshcutflowers #thiscommunitycares #localhistorymuseum

Its always awesome when Local History groups can work together and help each other out. Especially when that help is giv...
06/01/2021

Its always awesome when Local History groups can work together and help each other out. Especially when that help is giving a piece of their history a new purpose in a new town. The Plainville Historical Commission is super excited for the gift given to us by our friends at the Bedford Ma Historical Society. If you want to see what it is you’ll have to come visit us on the 13th or wait till afterwards when we post a picture of it in its new home. We can tell you it’ll have a great home at the Humphrey House and we are incredibly grateful to
@bedfordmahistory for this amazing gift.

Stay tuned for more updates!
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#historyhelpinghistory #localhistory #localhistorymatters #localhistorymuseum #museumshelpingmuseums #newdisplay #livinghistory #housemuseum #plainvillema #bedfordma #thishistorymatters #welcometoyournewhome

Its always awesome when Local History groups can work together and help each other out. Especially when that help is giving a piece of their history a new purpose in a new town. The Plainville Historical Commission is super excited for the gift given to us by our friends at the Bedford Ma Historical Society. If you want to see what it is you’ll have to come visit us on the 13th or wait till afterwards when we post a picture of it in its new home. We can tell you it’ll have a great home at the Humphrey House and we are incredibly grateful to
@bedfordmahistory for this amazing gift.

Stay tuned for more updates!
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#historyhelpinghistory #localhistory #localhistorymatters #localhistorymuseum #museumshelpingmuseums #newdisplay #livinghistory #housemuseum #plainvillema #bedfordma #thishistorymatters #welcometoyournewhome

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Help keep our town's wonderful past alive. Pictures, stories, experiences, are all welcome, if you have an item/photo to donate, please email us. Photos can be carefully scanned and returned to owner, artifacts will be documented and a loan agreement will be signed by both the Commission and the donor, your artifact will be displayed at the Humphrey House and eventually displayed at the new Town Hall with a ID card that identifies the item as yours. Donations help keep our collection current and help us document Plainville’s wonderful and special history!

The Plainville Historical Commission is a public non-profit organization that met for the first time officially in 1973. Our mission is to collect, preserve, restore and protect objects, artifacts, buildings, and historical facts relevant to the history of Plainville and the neighboring town of Wrentham, whom Plainville was part of until it was Incorporated as the 28th and final town of Norfolk County on April 4th, 1905. We collect and preserve these items so that present and future generations may learn about and appreciate the cultural and value of Plainville’s past. the Commission’s mission is achieved through instruments such as donations, education, tours, collaborations with neighboring historical commissions and societies, community involvement, and outreach with fellow Plainville organizations. The Humphrey House; headquarters for the Plainville Historical Commission, serves as Plainville’s history museum and is utilized to educate and ignite the curiosity and imagination of its visitors.

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Plainville Drive-In Theater, sometime in the mid-80's. The theater, at 43 Taunton Street, opened in 1953 and closed in 1983. For show times call MY rtyle 5-6022. (Photos by Mark Stockwell, a former employee).
https://www.preservationmass.org/ma-historic-preservation-matching-g Saw this and thought of you. I know HH needs work. Is this something you would qualify for? #freemoneykinda
This is an article in the Sun Chronicle from Saturday August 12th, 1972 and it is the lights at the intersection of Route 106 and Route 152 ended a long battle
2 Sunset lane light post stop sign down
A Saturday night treat; Miss Hammond's second grade class, 1926/7, complete with a key in Ruth Clampitt's hand.
Albert Henry Gardner, husband of Mary Ann Keith. Born in Providence, grew up in Attleboro, (parents buried Old Kirk,) living in Plainville/Wrentham by 1860. Census of 1900 shows him at 49 East Bacon Street, hosting a boarder, and working in a jewelry mill. Died 1910, aged 75, in Plainville.
This is what was going on in Plainville in the Attleboro Sun from Wednesday February 16th, 1966
Charles A. Whiting of Whiting and Davis
The mums I planted died; so, I replaced them with some fall silk flowers for Thanksgiving.
My dad Irvin L. J Hopkins also boy scout leader troop 46 in the 60's. Staff Sargent ww2.
Alice H. Gardner (eventually Mason)