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
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|"Four" Fathers Program of the
Millbury Historical Society is
Rated an Historical Success!
|Harold Granish Admires His Military Display
|18th Century Gentlemen Relaxing in Asa Waters II's
(L to R) Colonel Jonathan Holman (Joe Barbato), Monitor
Ken Dumas, and Asa Waters I (Tom Fox)
|Waters' Housekeeper Sharon Anderson
accompanies her boss Susan Holman Waters (Jeri
|Squire Amos Singletary (Roger
Desrosiers) welcomes the public
into his domain.
|Reverend Ebenezer Chaplin (Alex Belisle) of the
Lord's Barn, North Parish, Sutton holds forth on
the injustices against him.
|Maids and housekeeper of the Mansion: L to R is Maureen
Army, Debbie Pousland, Karen Levitre, Mary Lou Mulhane, Jen
Kenary , Tracy Charbonneau, and Sharon Anderson
|Mr.. Granish Comes to Millbury!
Driving Alone! At the Age of
Planning for June? Be Sure to
Include Our Annual Meeting!
Free to all, members and public alike!
Refreshments provided, too!
Thursday, June 11, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Asa Waters' Mansion
Program: A Revolution of Her Own
performed by Judith Kalaora
Deborah Samson Gannett, (1762-1827), the first
woman to enlist, to fight in, and to be honorably
discharged from the American Military captivates
audiences in an hour-long program chronicling
her life. An indentured servant by the age of five,
Mrs. Samson Gannett, who hails from Plympton,
Massachusetts, grew up in a man's world, where
women were naught but second-class citizens.
After ten years working as a farm hand, Mrs.
Samson Gannett had grown strong and
possessed the physical capabilities of her male
counterparts. And then, on May 20, 1782,
wearing an old soldier's uniform, Mrs. Samson
Gannett bound her chest, tied back her hair, and
walked from Middleborough to Bellingham, MA,
where she enlisted in the 4th Massachusetts
Regiment of the Continental Army, under the
alias "Robert Shurtlieff."
Experience Mrs. Deborah Samson Gannett's
arduous upbringing, eighteen months of active
combat service, and success as the first female
professional soldier, through interactive stories
and authentic colonial attire. Mrs. Deborah
Samson Gannett's passion will take you back in
Millbury Redware is created by Bullard House Pottery
in Sutton by local artist Rachel A. Tufts.
All pieces are unique because they are hand-made
and are inscribed with the date of Millbury’s
The following distinctive samples are offered for
purchase exclusively through the Millbury Historical
Please feel free to contact Janet Kenary Dumas at
508-865-3478 if you are interested in purchasing
|Seven-year old William McLean's Gravesite in
Millbury's Central Cemetery
|Ninety-year old Beverly
half-sister of the stricken
|Bob Rochon, owner of Creative Signworks here in Millbury. Bob's
discovery made this "reunion" possible!
|Many, many thanks to the following for making our
major fundraiser, the meat/seafood raffle of March
7th, a roaring success:
Mr. Mark Goretti of Goretti's Supermarket
The Millbury Lions Club
The Hotel St. Charles
|Mother's Day Sale and Museum
At "The Mansion"
Saturday, May 2 from 9-12
The Millbury Historical Society will be offering our
delightfully decorative and historically useful wares for
your Mother's Day shopping! In addition, our Museum
will be open for a look at all of Millbury's artifacts and
In addition to T-shirts, cheese cutting boards, and
books, we offer Millbury Redware as shown below!
|Sutton Historical Society Offers Program on the "Old Connecticut Path"
Tuesday, May 5 at 7:00 PM at the Simonian Early Learning Center 409 Boston Road, Sutton, MA 01590
Jason Newton,descendant of Reverend Thomas Hooker, founder of Hartford, CT will speak on his ancestor's
journey through what is now the towns of Millbury and Sutton
The project to rediscover the Old Connecticut Path began as a family history project to find the route of the Old
Connecticut Path from Cambridge to Hartford followed by my ancestors, Reverend Thomas Hooker and his family
along with Reverend Roger Newton who married Mary Hooker to begin the Newton family in America.
Reverend Thomas Hooker and his congregation set out on a journey from Cambridge, MA to Hartford, CT in May
1636 along what came to be known as the Old Connecticut Path. This group was among those who followed the trail
west through the unsettled wilderness to build a new life in Connecticut. Later generations descended from them
continued their forefathers' tradition of migration west across the country. The Old Connecticut Path served as one of
the the first trails followed in the nation's westward expansion.
While the Old Connecticut Path served as the gateway west for almost a century, it has now largely vanished from
view. In places, the Path is hidden in plain sight. In others, only dim traces remain. Over the course of 375 years,
the journey of two weeks is now two hours. Our “need for speed” has contributed to the dimming almost to darkness
of the Old Connecticut Path. That which is slower and obsolete, we discard and soon forget. Over the span of almost
four centuries, new routes were found to make travel more “efficient”. Finding the Old Connecticut Path is an
opportunity to slow down, reconnect and see genius anew.
Rediscovering the almost forgotten route of the Old Connecticut Path has required many hours over the past three
years exploring the woods and forgotten byways along the way to find traces of the Path and to confirm markers
described in histories.
You are invited to come along on the search to rediscover the Old Connecticut Path.