Plainville Historical Commission, Plainville Massachusetts

Plainville Historical Commission, Plainville Massachusetts Please do not share photos from the page without permission. Questions or donations? Contact us at: [email protected] or [email protected]
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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.

Mission: Preserving and promoting Plainville's wonderful and important history through photos, stories, and video.

Operating as usual

How many of our followers remember watching the final episode of M*A*S*H? Any episode or character that left a lasting i...
03/01/2021
American Experience | PBS

How many of our followers remember watching the final episode of M*A*S*H? Any episode or character that left a lasting impact on you?

106 million people watched the final episode of M*A*S*H, "Goodbye, Farewell, and Amen," on February 28, 1983. It was the largest audience for a scripted television show ever.

#Transportation SundaySometimes after a long road-trip and knowing you still have a ways to go on your journey, it’s nec...
02/28/2021

#Transportation Sunday
Sometimes after a long road-trip and knowing you still have a ways to go on your journey, it’s necessary to just pull off route one and book a room at a roadside motel. Like Plainville’s Wonderland Motel or Neartown Mote. These two great postcards were purchased on eBay by one of our members and donated to the Historical Commission’s collection.

Photos: top: Wonderland was located at 164 Washington St. Bottom: Neartown we believe was across route one from where the Chieftain is now, closer to the North Attleboro line. Both post cards are from the 1950s/1960s and will be scanned and uploaded to include the back description. We can tell you that Neartown served a Continental Breakfast on the house and Wonderland was between two racetracks. According to their description on the back! This was a Great find!
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Unfortunately we will not be able to post a photo from the archives for Scenic Saturday today. The site is acting up and...
02/27/2021

Unfortunately we will not be able to post a photo from the archives for Scenic Saturday today. The site is acting up and we are unable to access the photos on our page. We hope this issue will be fixed shortly. We apologize. For now we will share a photo one of our members took of the Humphrey House in the snow.
Photo credit: Moore Than Nature Photography
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And the runner up for this week’s poll, Gas Stations. There have been a lot of gas stations in Plainville over the years...
02/26/2021

And the runner up for this week’s poll, Gas Stations. There have been a lot of gas stations in Plainville over the years, most leaving lasting memories. Many of them changed hands and brands over the years, but still provided fuel to not only Plainville residents and visitors, but those working in the various industries around Plainville and our neighbors. Some of the old gas stations are still standing, but serving a different purpose. Take for example Goulets Service station. Now the home to Plainville liquors on South Street.
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Plainville Athletic League
02/26/2021

Plainville Athletic League

The PAL is excited to bring back our PAL Cares a Ton program to help address food insecurity in our area. Please see the attached flyer for more details. With as little as a $5 donation, you can display how “Plainville has Heart” and receive a yard sign while supporting our community. You can purchase your heart at the link below. https://www.hometeamsonline.com/teams/default.asp?u=BUDDIES6&s=org&p=registration&formID=92543

And the winner of the throwback Thursday spot, is factories! Plainville as we all know has a long history of manufacturi...
02/25/2021

And the winner of the throwback Thursday spot, is factories! Plainville as we all know has a long history of manufacturing in town thanks to companies like Whiting and Davis and Plainville Stock Company and current locations like A&J Tool Plainville have Stood tall next to a larger manufacturing companies and factories in the country and around the world. Leaving a lasting legacy that has carried on to this day. And helped build Plainville as we know it today.

It is ironic however, that it’s factories that wins the throwback Thursday spot. As many of you know, last year around this time Plainville and other communities had the chance to bid on glass plate and negatives specifically for their towns. All from one very large collection that was divided up for the individual towns. Many of the towns, including Plainville were blindsided by the amount that the glass plates went for. Because the commission cannot purchase items like this with our budget, and because we are unable to raise money, trying to purchase the negatives fell upon our members with their own money, however they were sadly unsuccessful. The winning bid for the negatives was just too high of an amount and we were unable to purchase our collection. Many of which featured images of Whiting and Davis, Plainville stock, and more importantly never before seen images Plainville Center, including pictures of Plainville schools, Plainville market, and South Street.

Now that a year has passed, we again reached out to the auction house hoping they could in turn reach out to the buyer of the negatives letting them know we’re not interested in the plates, as much as we would like to be, we just want copies of the images.

This morning the auction house emailed us back and let us know that A majority of the glass plates that were not able to be purchased by the towns they belong to where in fact purchased by a Massachusetts Institute for their archives.

The auction house of course can’t divulge the name of the institution but at least we know they haven’t left the state and it wasn’t a private buyer only interested in Whiting and Davis. We have no way of knowing who this institute is that was able to get our negatives or if they will contact us about sharing this treasure a Plainville‘s past. We are thankful that Towns like Franklin were able to get their negatives, but not a day goes by that we don’t think about the never before seen images lost that day and we hope that someday in the near future the Massachusetts institute, whoever they are that has the glass plate negatives, will contact the Plainville Historical Commission and share these pieces of Plainville’s history with us. And that we can work together to preserve this piece of Massachusetts history, from the third youngest town in the commonwealth.

It’s pretty rare that our ‘Who am I?’ ‘Where is This?’ Posts yield a definite answer we get some guesses that lead to fu...
02/24/2021

It’s pretty rare that our ‘Who am I?’ ‘Where is This?’ Posts yield a definite answer we get some guesses that lead to further research that get us the answer but same day sure answers are rare. Today such an event happened. Our ‘Where is This?’ Post from this morning has an answer, which means yet another one of our glass plate negatives is no longer unknown! Old Colony History Museum recognized this as their own building. Photo taken when it was the Bristol Academy, sometime between 1852-1926!
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For Wednesday today instead of ‘Who am I?’ We’re doing a ‘Where is This?’ We know this building is not Plainville. It wa...
02/24/2021

For Wednesday today instead of ‘Who am I?’ We’re doing a ‘Where is This?’ We know this building is not Plainville. It was digitized from a glass plate negative and is part of the collection found in Mansfield. We would love to identify this building and find out if it’s still standing. Because we don’t know anything about the building, we’re not sure which image facing the correct way, but both images are the same photo. Can anyone please help the Plainville Historical Commission identify this building? Thank you all in advance.
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A little different Town Center Tuesday. Here we have a portion of the business plan proposal sketch of Plainville center...
02/23/2021

A little different Town Center Tuesday. Here we have a portion of the business plan proposal sketch of Plainville center. 1922. The image in it’s entirety can be found on our page on the Town Center Album and is definitely with checking out. This portion shows The corner of South Street and West Bacon. We especially love the cars, but again check out the full image on Facebook to see the trolley too!

Document: Property of Robinson Bros. Company and immediate an Environment, Plainville Massachusetts, October 1922..
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Weekly Poll Time! This week we’re putting Gas Stations in Plainville Vs. Factories in Plainville! So as always we have t...
02/22/2021

Weekly Poll Time! This week we’re putting Gas Stations in Plainville Vs. Factories in Plainville! So as always we have to do this by reactions.

Like for Factories and give a ❤️ for Gas Stations. The Winner gets the Throwback Thursday Spot and the poll will stay live until Wednesday night!

02/21/2021

It’s Transportation Sunday and with all the snow and cold and just winter. How about a nice change of scenery? Let’s take a stagecoach ride around Cowboy Town! Plainville’s own Wild West Theme attraction. The park lasted from 1957-1960 and hosted celebrities like Rex Trailer of Boomtown. It was also a favorite childhood memory of many. This image set to music features the famed Cowboy Town Stagecoach. It was digitized from a Kodak slide and originally digitally donated by Anne Coleman; whose family was involved with Cowboy Town. Her brother Bill was even a stuntman. More of these slides and other images of Cowboy Town can be found on our page! Be sure to check it out!
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Historical Residence around town. Some current photos as well as historical ones.
02/21/2021

Historical Residence around town. Some current photos as well as historical ones.

02/21/2021

Some great photos were discovered last week. We'll be uploading them to their respective albums, but we've got a great house photo that we really think everyone will enjoy! Be on the lookout!

It’s #nationalloveyourpetday there really shouldn’t be just one day dedicated to this. But we intend to celebrate. The m...
02/20/2021

It’s #nationalloveyourpetday there really shouldn’t be just one day dedicated to this. But we intend to celebrate. The members of the Plainville Historical Commission are animal lovers. We each have furry, feathered, or scaly members of our own family that we deeply care about and celebrate everyday not just today. All of these members of the family are extended members of the Plainville Historical Commission. One of the pets we all care about is the Historical Commission’s “pet” Whiting, our Boston Terrier mascot, named by the third graders at the Jackson School. When he’s not going on adventures around Plainville, Whiting can be found sitting in the Humphrey House greeting visitors. He misses everyone coming to the Humphrey House. And like his human members of the Historical Commission, can’t wait to welcome people back to Plainville’s own History Museum! So happy National Love your Pet day everyone!
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It’s Scenic Saturday and today we’re heading over to visit the Angle Tree Stone. Believed to be the second oldest bounda...
02/20/2021

It’s Scenic Saturday and today we’re heading over to visit the Angle Tree Stone. Believed to be the second oldest boundary markers in the country, the Angle Tree Stone. Originally a White Pine, In 1640, Plymouth Colony and Massachusetts Bay Colony agreed that a line from Accord Pond Hingham, to Wrentham, Massachusetts, should be the dividing line between the colonies. It was an extremely important point because at that time the grant to Massachusetts extended to the Pacific Ocean. In 1790 the current stone replaced the tree. The marker was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1976. The Stone was encased in a cement block to protect it from vandals who were shooting at it and attempting to knock it over. In 1985 in order to further protect the Stone from vandals and while still allowing people to see it, it was placed in its current house. With protective glass to allow visitors to see the Stone. The marker Sits on the boundary for Norfolk County and Bristol County. Though Plainville shares the Angle Tree Stone with North Attleboro, the Angle Tree appears on our Town Seal. A life size replica Angle Tree Stone resides in the Humphrey House on display.

The trails to the actual Angle Tree Stone are open to the public and is a beautiful place to go for a walk.

Photo: Angle Tree Stone, taken from a glass plate negative. Year unknown. Estimated pre 1940s. (Photo has been colorized) For more great images of the Angle Tree including current ones please check out the Angle Tree Stone Album on Facebook. And come spring considering visiting the real Stone. It’s definitely worth a visit.
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And the runner up for our weekly poll! The flashback Friday spot goes to, Clubs in Plainville! Like all towns, Plainvill...
02/19/2021

And the runner up for our weekly poll! The flashback Friday spot goes to, Clubs in Plainville! Like all towns, Plainville clubs are vital to the community. Lion’s Club, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, Daisys, Brownies, Cub Scouts, 4H, etc. These organizations not only teach, but also help care for the community and Plainville’s groups are no different. Be sure to check out our Clubs in Plainville album for more great images!
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Top: 1st Plainville Girl Scout troop (1930s)
Bottom: Believed to be the 1st Boy Scout Troop. Year unknown.
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Not historical commission related but we have all been in the family’s place with missing pets and the Plainville commun...
02/18/2021

Not historical commission related but we have all been in the family’s place with missing pets and the Plainville community is coming together to find Lily. Lily was last spotted around the area Don’s Diner and at one point behind the Humphrey House and the Town Park. She had a seizure yesterday and was disoriented when she took off from home. If you are in Plainville, Please keep an eye out for her and please share this.

Missing dog in the area! Keep an eye out! 😞

Here comes Throwback Thursday! The winner of this week’s Poll was actually Plainville Sports over Plainville Clubs! The ...
02/18/2021

Here comes Throwback Thursday! The winner of this week’s Poll was actually Plainville Sports over Plainville Clubs! The original photos can be found in our Plainville sports album on Facebook and is where you can read the description of these great photos. These also do not cover PAL (baseball, softball, Teeball or basketball), King Philip football or cheer, or Plainville Packer football or cheer. Those can be found in their own albums!
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We’ve shared this photo before but in honor of pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training we thought this would...
02/17/2021

We’ve shared this photo before but in honor of pitchers and catchers reporting for spring training we thought this would be a good time to try identifying him again. Can anyone please help us identify this ball player or even the year this photo may have been taken? We’re estimating early 1920s based on the uniform but can’t be sure. Thanks in advance!
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Plainville Athletic League
02/16/2021

Plainville Athletic League

The PAL is excited to bring back our PAL Cares a Ton program to help address food insecurity in our area. Please see the attached flyer for more details. With as little as a $5 donation, you can display how “Plainville has Heart” and receive a yard sign while supporting our community. You can purchase your heart at the link below. https://www.hometeamsonline.com/teams/default.asp?u=BUDDIES6&s=org&p=registration&formID=92543

Here comes Town Center Tuesday! Here we have the Former Maintain Brothers & Elliot Manufacturing Jeweler. Plainville sto...
02/16/2021

Here comes Town Center Tuesday! Here we have the Former Maintain Brothers & Elliot Manufacturing Jeweler. Plainville stock co. would eventually take over, and share it with Boston Coats & Dresses MFG. CO.
1930s-1940s
Now it is the site of An Unlikely Story extended parking lot. This spring may require a new series of “Then and Now” photos and this will definitely be a prime spot.
Photo has been colorized and the original can be found in our Town Center album on Facebook.
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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)