Plainville Historical Commission, Plainville Massachusetts

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It’s #WorldTourismDay !The last few years the Plainville Historical Commission has worked extremely hard to promote the ...
09/27/2021

It’s #WorldTourismDay !

The last few years the Plainville Historical Commission has worked extremely hard to promote the James Humphrey House, Plainville‘s former library and former home to some of its most well-known residents, as the Plainville History Museum. Opening the building up for visitors and researchers alike on a regular basis with regular hours. Making the Humphrey House a location for people coming to Plainville to visit and learn about our town’s wonderful History. It is the goal of the Historical Commission to Open the house up on a regular basis for visitors as the Museum it is. Unfortunately, this goal is very difficult to accomplish, not for lack of hope and will from our members. The Historical Commission is made up of seven board members, two associate members and a small handful of helpers. The entire group is volunteer based and schedules are limiting.

Plainville is incredibly lucky to have a building as beautiful and historic as the Humphrey House to serve as the town’s History Museum, not every Historical Commission or Society has this Privilege. However, without more people to help, more of the community to be involved, more people act as docents or be available to help open the house, it will continue to fall on the handful of dedicated volunteers who have stood by the House and the Town’s Historical Collection time and time again. Sadly there are not enough of us available at the moment to make that difference or have the chance to bring the James Humphrey House, Home to Plainville’s History Museum to reality and join our friends in the museum ranks in towns like Franklin, Attleboro, Mansfield, Dedham, and beyond who have the participation and support to open their buildings as Museums on a regular basis.

Maybe someday, someday soon that will all change and the James Humphrey House, Plainville’s History Museum will have its chance to shine.
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It’s #WorldTourismDay !

The last few years the Plainville Historical Commission has worked extremely hard to promote the James Humphrey House, Plainville‘s former library and former home to some of its most well-known residents, as the Plainville History Museum. Opening the building up for visitors and researchers alike on a regular basis with regular hours. Making the Humphrey House a location for people coming to Plainville to visit and learn about our town’s wonderful History. It is the goal of the Historical Commission to Open the house up on a regular basis for visitors as the Museum it is. Unfortunately, this goal is very difficult to accomplish, not for lack of hope and will from our members. The Historical Commission is made up of seven board members, two associate members and a small handful of helpers. The entire group is volunteer based and schedules are limiting.

Plainville is incredibly lucky to have a building as beautiful and historic as the Humphrey House to serve as the town’s History Museum, not every Historical Commission or Society has this Privilege. However, without more people to help, more of the community to be involved, more people act as docents or be available to help open the house, it will continue to fall on the handful of dedicated volunteers who have stood by the House and the Town’s Historical Collection time and time again. Sadly there are not enough of us available at the moment to make that difference or have the chance to bring the James Humphrey House, Home to Plainville’s History Museum to reality and join our friends in the museum ranks in towns like Franklin, Attleboro, Mansfield, Dedham, and beyond who have the participation and support to open their buildings as Museums on a regular basis.

Maybe someday, someday soon that will all change and the James Humphrey House, Plainville’s History Museum will have its chance to shine.
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Little different Scenic Saturday today. Tonight at 7 PM, the New England Revolution Soccer Team will be taking on Orland...
09/25/2021

Little different Scenic Saturday today. Tonight at 7 PM, the New England Revolution Soccer Team will be taking on Orlando over at Gillette Stadium. More importantly than that, Plainville’s own Malia will be an honorary Revs Captain at the Game. We expect to see the stadium filled with Purple & Gold colors, MJ Heart Signs galore, and loud cheers shouting for Malia, showing all of Gillette that we are Malia Strong and Plainville Strong and this community is together!

So in honor of that here is a more Modern Scenic Saturday! Aerial shot over the Plainville Soccer Fields at Telford Park. Oct. 2019. Shot with a DJI Phantom 3SE Drone

Stay Strong Malia and way to go on being made Honary Captain!

Plainville Park Department
Friends of Plainville Parks and Recreation
New England Revolution
Plainville Athletic League
For Kids' Sake Foundation Inc
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Little different Scenic Saturday today. Tonight at 7 PM, the New England Revolution Soccer Team will be taking on Orlando over at Gillette Stadium. More importantly than that, Plainville’s own Malia will be an honorary Revs Captain at the Game. We expect to see the stadium filled with Purple & Gold colors, MJ Heart Signs galore, and loud cheers shouting for Malia, showing all of Gillette that we are Malia Strong and Plainville Strong and this community is together!

So in honor of that here is a more Modern Scenic Saturday! Aerial shot over the Plainville Soccer Fields at Telford Park. Oct. 2019. Shot with a DJI Phantom 3SE Drone

Stay Strong Malia and way to go on being made Honary Captain!

Plainville Park Department
Friends of Plainville Parks and Recreation
New England Revolution
Plainville Athletic League
For Kids' Sake Foundation Inc
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09/24/2021

Due to copyright the video wouldn’t upload to Facebook or Instagram correctly from our TikTok channel. So some tweaks had to be made. But this gives a great sense of a project that Kristine and Deb have been working on the last couple of weeks. Many of you already saw the archival boxes moved to the second floor in place of the old library books (which are now in town hall to be sorted and cataloged someday) but this room on the second floor was still Grungy, spider filled, cobwebbed, and cluttered. Thanks to some intense cleaning from Deb, the newest associate member of the Historical Commission and organizing by Deb and Kristine upstairs while Sandy sorted the archival boxes downstairs to come up. This particular room of Plainville’s History Museum, the James Humphrey House looks downright cozy and the perfect spot for research and study!

Great work by our all Volunteer members!
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Goodbye Summer and Hello Fall!! Happy Start of Fall from all of us at the Plainville Historical Commission!“Winter is an...
09/22/2021

Goodbye Summer and Hello Fall!! Happy Start of Fall from all of us at the Plainville Historical Commission!

“Winter is an an etching , spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.”’Stanley Horowitz

Photo: The James Humphrey House, Home to the Plainville Town History Museum. Autumn 2020. Shot with a DJI a phantom 3SE. Photo edited to “Tiny Town” style. Photo credit: Kristine Moore.
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Goodbye Summer and Hello Fall!! Happy Start of Fall from all of us at the Plainville Historical Commission!

“Winter is an an etching , spring a watercolor, summer an oil painting, and autumn a mosaic of them all.”’Stanley Horowitz

Photo: The James Humphrey House, Home to the Plainville Town History Museum. Autumn 2020. Shot with a DJI a phantom 3SE. Photo edited to “Tiny Town” style. Photo credit: Kristine Moore.
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We are heartbroken as we share this news. Mrs. Dempsey was a wonderful and dedicated teacher who left an impact on many,...
09/21/2021
Obituary of Deborah L Dempsey | Shepherd Funeral & Cremation Service - Carver

We are heartbroken as we share this news. Mrs. Dempsey was a wonderful and dedicated teacher who left an impact on many, especially those Plainville kids, lucky enough to be her students. She will always be in our thoughts and memories and we extend our thoughts and prayers to her family, friends, and colleagues.

RIP Mrs. Dempsey and thank you for all you have taught for us.

Deborah Paige (Lothrop) Dempsey was born on May 11, 1949 to Janet and James Lothrop in Framingham, MA. Deb, as most people knew her, died of dementia, on September 20, 2021, at the age of 72. She attended Framingham North High School, where she was a star in field hockey, and was a member of the Nat...

On this Date 83 years ago, The Hurricane of 1938 struck our area. We’ve heard many stories from Plainville residents who...
09/21/2021

On this Date 83 years ago, The Hurricane of 1938 struck our area. We’ve heard many stories from Plainville residents who remember the monster of a storm. Walking home from school and the sky turning black, the aftermath of neighbors helping to clean up the destruction left behind, etc.

Unfortunately our photo collection from the Hurricane of 1938 is pretty sparse compared to neighboring towns with solid documentation of the event. But we can share the two photos we do have! And if anyone has photos of the Hurricane of 1938 in Plainville they are willing to either digitally donate or willing to let us scan to have digital copies in our collection please let us know.
Photos:
Top: Tree toppled, 48 Grove St.

Bottom: believed to be the the Kettel Farm house, Taunton St.

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On this Date 83 years ago, The Hurricane of 1938 struck our area. We’ve heard many stories from Plainville residents who remember the monster of a storm. Walking home from school and the sky turning black, the aftermath of neighbors helping to clean up the destruction left behind, etc.

Unfortunately our photo collection from the Hurricane of 1938 is pretty sparse compared to neighboring towns with solid documentation of the event. But we can share the two photos we do have! And if anyone has photos of the Hurricane of 1938 in Plainville they are willing to either digitally donate or willing to let us scan to have digital copies in our collection please let us know.
Photos:
Top: Tree toppled, 48 Grove St.

Bottom: believed to be the the Kettel Farm house, Taunton St.

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#localhistorymatters #localhistorymatters #hurricaneof38 #1938hurricane #lookingback #83yearsago #newengland #newenglandhurricanes #unnamedhurricanes #beforetheywerenamed #hurricanesinnewengland #hurricane #hurricaneseason

It’s Transportation Sunday so let’s take a nice trolley ride through town!!!Photo: Woonsocket Street Railway #32. (borro...
09/19/2021

It’s Transportation Sunday so let’s take a nice trolley ride through town!!!

Photo: Woonsocket Street Railway #32. (borrowed from M&W) Milford, Attleboro, and Woonsocket St. Ry.
DT Closed cars by Wason
Car came in from Franklin and Wrentham.
J. Martin Morrissey: Conductor, Franklin Ma.

Rodney Tyler, Motorman
Photo near Charles Quirk House, 218 South Street, Plainville, Circ. 1900.
Carl Smith Collection, Donated by Clayton Cate
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It’s Transportation Sunday so let’s take a nice trolley ride through town!!!

Photo: Woonsocket Street Railway #32. (borrowed from M&W) Milford, Attleboro, and Woonsocket St. Ry.
DT Closed cars by Wason
Car came in from Franklin and Wrentham.
J. Martin Morrissey: Conductor, Franklin Ma.

Rodney Tyler, Motorman
Photo near Charles Quirk House, 218 South Street, Plainville, Circ. 1900.
Carl Smith Collection, Donated by Clayton Cate
@franklinhistoricalmuseum @franklinhistory
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Sorry this is coming a little late in the day. Just wanted to Wish all our friends in Norfolk a Very Happy 150th Birthda...
09/18/2021
A Fall day - downtown Norfolk, MA

Sorry this is coming a little late in the day. Just wanted to Wish all our friends in Norfolk a Very Happy 150th Birthday! Here’s to the Next 150 years!

https://youtu.be/aFWZysFVapA

Video credit: Norfolk Community Television.
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“The trees are about to show us how lovely it is to let the dead things go.”–Unknown

It’s feeling like fall (at least for now) so how about a nice Fall picture for Scenic Saturday!Photo: Plainville Withere...
09/18/2021

It’s feeling like fall (at least for now) so how about a nice Fall picture for Scenic Saturday!

Photo: Plainville Witherell Back Pond. 10-11-87.
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It’s feeling like fall (at least for now) so how about a nice Fall picture for Scenic Saturday!

Photo: Plainville Witherell Back Pond. 10-11-87.
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While bringing in the flags and sidewalk sign from our 9/11 Tribute, we noticed an unexpected yet adorable addition in f...
09/16/2021

While bringing in the flags and sidewalk sign from our 9/11 Tribute, we noticed an unexpected yet adorable addition in front of the Humphrey House. Let’s see if anyone else can spot it and if you’re around Plainville today be sure to participate in the little scavenger hunt gnoming around town from our friends with the Wrentham & Plainville Girl Scouts. We know you’ll enjoy it! We’ve already found two, but we’re not saying where the other one is. 😎 We have to add though, the little surprise visitor certainly made us laugh and made our day yesterday. So big thanks to the Wrentham & Plainville Girl Scouts
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#gnomesofinstagram #gnomingaround #gnomingaroundplainville #plainvillema #plainville #plainvillegirlscouts #localscouts #wheresthegnome #jameshumphreyhouse #localhistory #scavengerhunt #gnomehunt

While bringing in the flags and sidewalk sign from our 9/11 Tribute, we noticed an unexpected yet adorable addition in front of the Humphrey House. Let’s see if anyone else can spot it and if you’re around Plainville today be sure to participate in the little scavenger hunt gnoming around town from our friends with the Wrentham & Plainville Girl Scouts. We know you’ll enjoy it! We’ve already found two, but we’re not saying where the other one is. 😎 We have to add though, the little surprise visitor certainly made us laugh and made our day yesterday. So big thanks to the Wrentham & Plainville Girl Scouts
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#gnomesofinstagram #gnomingaround #gnomingaroundplainville #plainvillema #plainville #plainvillegirlscouts #localscouts #wheresthegnome #jameshumphreyhouse #localhistory #scavengerhunt #gnomehunt

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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)