Gateway to the Blackstone Valley
|The Millbury Historical Society
Preserving Millbury's Past for its Future
"As a bridge from the past to the future, the Millbury
Historical Society is committed to preserve, protect,
present and promote the history of Millbury."
|P.O. Box 367
9:00 AM- 11:00 AM
6:00 PM- 8:00 PM
9:00 AM- 11:00 AM
6:00 PM- 8:00 PM
9:00 AM- 11:00 AM
9:00 AM- Noon
11:00 AM- 4:00 PM
|Announcing the Upcoming Dates
and Times of Our Museum
|The Millbury Historical Society Proudly Announces a
New Program in the Tradition of our Successful
Cemetery Walk of 2012!
Drowned, in Singletary pond (so called) in Sutton, on the 29th inst., Miss Nancy Tenney, aged
14 years, daughter of Daniel Tenney, Esq- Miss Adeline Lumbard, aged 17 years, daughter of
Mr. Nathan Lumbard- and Misses Hannah G. and Mary H. Marble, the one aged 22 years, the
other 24, daughters of the Widow Sally Marble, all of Sutton.
The circumstances attending this distressing event are these-
About 4 o’clock, P.M. 14 young people repaired from Major Tenney’s to the pond with a view to
cross it, in two boats, to the opposite shore, and from thence to an island in the West part of the
pond. This they accomplished with safety. Having returned from the island to the shore where
they first landed, they went on board, about an hour before sunset: eight into one boat, and six
into the other, in order to re-cross the pond. When they had passed rather more than half-way
across, it was discovered that by the exertion made in rowing the boat, which carried eight
persons, it rocked so as to admit a small quantity of water through some holes near the top of it.
At this, they became alarmed, and whilst one of them, who was exceedingly terrified,
attempted to change her position, the boat upset, and they were all, in a moment, plunged into
the water, where it was about 20 feet deep. Being unable to swim, they all went down, it is
supposed, to the bottom; and when they came up the second time, four of them, namely three
young gentlemen and one young lady, were so nigh the boat as to be able to reach it; two of
them were on one side of the boat which was bottom upwards and the other two were on the
other side of it. In this situation they reached across the boat and supported each other by the
hand until the other boat went to the shore, landed those within it, and returned to their relief.
The other four young Ladies, whose early exit we deplore, were involved in a watery grave-
One of them was found floating on the surface of the water, where the boat upset, and with all
possible dispatch, conveyed to the shore, and another of them was found under the boat; when
it was turned over after it was dragged to the shore. All possible means were used to
resuscitate them but in vain. The vital spark had fled, and their eyes were closed in death.
The alarm was given, and in a short time, hundreds of people were collected around the pond
in search of the other two. They continued their exertions through the night, but in vain; but
during the next day they found one of them, and during the next night, the other. On Friday,
their remains were carried to the Meeting House when an appropriate and pathetic prayer was
made by the Rev. Mr. Holman of Douglas and a solemn and impressive discourse delivered by
the Rev. Mr. Mills of Sutton.
Their remains were then conveyed to the graveyard, and all deposited in one grave-And to
conclude this solemn and affecting scene, Rev. Mr. Holman made a prayer, and Rev. Mr. Mills
addressed the people while standing around the grave.
No event has ever occurred in this vicinity, which has been so extensively felt, and which has
caused so much weeping and lamentation. Four blooming youth who were sprightly and active,
amiable and virtuous, and universally beloved and respected, at an unexpected moment were
ushered into eternity!
The distressing event above narrated is a solemn memento to all the living, that they too must
die, and that there may be but a step between them and death.-Printers in Maine are required to
publish the above.
|A Melancholy Accident
From the Worcester Spy, May 29, 1822
Courtesy of Alan Marble
Special Museum Exhibit!
Worcester's Bloodless Revolution of
1774 and Millbury's Part In It
Before the Battles of Lexington and
Concord, there was the
Bloodless Revolution of 1774 in Worcester
in which these four
Millbury citizens prominently figured:
a deacon, a colonel, a minister, and a squire.
Please stop into the Museum and see
photos and artifacts from this era as an
introduction to our program of
Learn about the Bloodless Revolution of 1774 that took place in
Worcester on September 6, 1774 AND Millbury's part in it by watching
In January of 2013, The Millbury Historical Society
received a generous donation of military artifacts from
Mr. Harold Granish of Dunwoody, GA.
These obviously very old items belonged to his
deceased wife's family whose ancestors hailed from
A military expert proclaimed the artifacts (a shako, a
saber, an epaulette, a belt and its buckle/shield) to be
one collection from the Millbury Light Infantry and said
they were in remarkably good shape for items almost
two-hundred years old.
The Millbury Historical Society heartily thanked Mr.
Granish, eighty-nine, for his donation and invited him to
stop in to Millbury if he should ever be up this way.
Well, recently, Mr. Granish, now ninety, did just that!
He drove up alone in his brand new Buick Lacrosse to
Syracuse, NY for his sister’s funeral and thought that
“while he was in the area,” he would make a side trip to
He visited the Museum of the Millbury Historical
Society and was delighted to see the display of his
military artifacts! You can do the same by stopping into
P.S. Mr. Granish also owns a 2008 red Mazda Miata
convertible, but that stayed in Georgia!
|Harold Granish Admires His Military Display