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
In Color AGAIN!
Susan Holman Waters and Asa Waters II. The Millbury Historical Society is proud to have facilitated the crafting and
installation of these gorgeous John Blunt paintings At the unveiling! Jerilyn Stead explains the many twists and turns
to this story!
Many thanks, also, to photographer Edd Cote for his valuable aid in bringing this dream to fruition.
Our huge Annual Meeting was held on Thursday, June 11th.
We sang "Happy Birthday" to Milbury which is now 204 years old, and gave away a door prize of Millbury
Redware before our guest speaker began his very entertaining presentation.
Bryan Farr, founder of the Historic U.S. Route 20 Association, demonstrated and imparted 3,365 miles of
information about America's longest road! Refreshment were served, and everyone chatted away about
the program. Thank you, Bryan!
Millbury's own Charles F, Minney who
died in 1919 and for whom the Charles
F. Minney V.F.W. Post is named.
|To the Generous Supporters of the
Grass Hill School Restoration Project:
This is a progress update on the ongoing restoration of the historic schoolhouse.
With your help, this renovation has been moving along very smoothly.
We are currently in Phase Three. The first two phases accomplished some major
exterior pieces. During the third phase, the exterior was completed, and work has
This restoration project would not be nearly as far as it is without the tremendous
support of the Millbury Savings Bank. As we were putting together a plan to
raise funds, The Board of Trustees of the Millbury Savings Bank, with the
outreach of President Rob Morton, stepped up and made an offer we couldn’t
They offered to match dollar for dollar, every donation up to $5,000 a year for
five years. This has proved to be a major portion of our efforts. In this first year,
the bank has donated $5,000 as we collected $24,085 in donations. We received
valuable guidance from Rob, along with help from the very talented Lynne Feiz. It
really is amazing how the assistance of the bank brought this project to a whole
new level! We can’t thank them enough.
With the support of State Senator Michael Moore and State Representative
Paul Frost, a grant was received from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts for
$25,000. These funds were used to complete the siding on the north and west
sides of the building.
With a generous discount for our clapboards from C & S Lumber, Warren
Lampher, our talented restoration carpenter, brought life to windows, doors and
remaining sides of the schoolhouse. He refurbished the windows and doors on
those sides to the proper period look.
With the assistance of the Millbury DPW, old debris was removed from the
grounds, and the overgrowth was cleared, an insurmountable task that needed to
The next step brought us inside. The building was insulated by American
Building Systems Inc., which will help keep the rooms at a comfortable level
and conserve heating oil and electricity. The attic space and exterior walls were
brought up to today’s standards. Warren Lampher also assisted with this work by
creating paths for the insulation in the walls.
Due to the generosity of Ken’s Oil in Millbury, the atmosphere in the school will
be comfortable. Ken has virtually donated the new heating and air conditioning
system along with volunteering his labor to install it. This step is valued at well
over $25,000 and is truly appreciated by everyone involved.
In an effort to provide a restroom that is accessible to all, Steve Willette, owner
of Reliable Plumbing, has offered to install all the plumbing and fixtures for the
bathroom. He has also acquired the necessary fixtures through the generosity of
Republic Plumbing in Grafton. We can’t tell you how much this gesture means
to this project.
A major concern for us is the protection of the visitors and the safety of the
building. To this end, electrician Larry Morris has donated his time in rewiring the
entire school. He has begun by replacing every wire in the building, which will
make for a safer structure. In an effort to stay within the period of the school, all
fixtures that are visible will be of the proper style. A new main electric panel will
provide the proper circuit protection to prevent potential hazards. We can’t tell
you how much we appreciate Larry’s work.
Through this entire project, Warren Lampher has gone above and beyond our
expectations. Warren has done some amazing quality work at the schoolhouse
but has also assisted with every step taken in the project. He has done much
research to keep us on track for the proper historical nature of it all. He has the
proper connections to find the appropriate talent to make this a first-class
The Millbury Historical Society Board of Trustees and President Frank
Gagliardi have been providing tremendous support and guidance in this effort.
The Grass Hill School Subcommittee, led by Chairwoman Mary Lou Mulhane,
has devoted countless hours to create this project that is coming to fruition. Mary
Lou continues the work with which she has been involved in the first two phases
of reconstruction. With these efforts, the Grass Hill School will be a truly
magnificent historical treasure for our town.
As we continue with this phase of restoration, we look forward to meeting more
milestones. We will install an ADA compliant ramp to make sure the building is
accessible to all. The walls inside will be plastered with a period look. The interior
will be painted and decorated to be fresh and to bring back the look of historic
We are always looking for help to complete this phase. If you have a particular
talent or trade and could help us out, let us know.
Look for further updates at www.MillburyHistory.org or follow us on https://www.
For any questions or to help, contact us at GrassHillSchool@gmail.com.
The Second Annual Grace M. Laflash/Millbury Historical Society
scholarship was recently awarded to Rolando “Rocky” Perea, a
student at Assumption School in Millbury.
The scholarship was established in honor of Grace M. Laflash, a
charter member of the Historical Society and a former teacher at
Assumption. It is awarded annually to the top history student at the
Rocky is the son of Rollie and Leslie Perea of Millbury, and he will be
attending St. John’s High School in the fall.
|Our Next Museum Opening at the
Asa Waters' Mansion
Wednesday, September 20th from
Stop in and see the new exhibit:
Millbury in World War I