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
|Masons Donate Charter Replica (signed by Paul Revere) to The Millbury Historical
|This photo is from Millbury's 150th Anniversary Parade held in June
of 1963. THUS this snow "contraption" is fifty-six years old now!
This and many other photos are currently displayed in the lobby at our Town Hall is
an exhibit of more of that parade and the other festivities that accompanied the
|To My Dearest
The Civil War Letters of George and Emily Ward
On Thursday, June 13, 2019 the Annual Meeting of the Millbury Historical Society took place. The program was very well
attended and refreshments were served.
Here is more about the program: when the Civil War broke out in 1861, George Ward was asked to raise the 15th Massachusetts
In August 1861, he left his wife, Emily, and their two small children to go to war. They wrote to each other frequently.
In all,116 letters survive in the collection of the Worcester Historical Museum. They detail the pain of prolonged separation, the
challenges of single parenting and the horrors of the battle front.
Lynne McKenney Lydick and Thomas R. Lydick shared the personal and poignant letters of this
|The real Emily Mayo Ward and her husband George Hull
Courtesy of the Worcester Historical
|Some photos from our
Scavenger Hunt which was
held in Downtown Millbury on
Saturday, September 28th!
Long Island! Playing
a game in Millbury!
|The St. Johns
|The Butlers with Their Own
|The Girl Scouts
Millbury's Million-dollar World War II
Landing Craft! Who Knew?
Be proud, little town of Millbury!
In August of 1944, your seven-thousand residents
(one-thousand of whom were in the armed forces)
raised over one million dollars in the Fifth War Bond
Drive of the war! Enough to sponsor its very own
Landing Craft: the LCI (L) 173!
This summer of 2020, your Millbury Historical Society
will exhibit a display about this little known feat, and
then hold a program in September upon the 76th
Anniversary of the craft's commissioning.
Stay tuned and be sure to attend both!
|September 18, 1944: the commissioning of Millbury's LCI (L)
713 attended by a proud Millbury contingent.
|The LCI (L) 713 today in Portland, Oregon
GREAT NEWS for
The Millbury Historical
The Millbury Historical Society has
won a Partnership Grant through the
Blackstone River Valley National
Heritage Corridor! The BRVNHC
offered grants this spring to area
nonprofits to help provide equipment
and services for remote activity during
these socially distant times when it's
difficult to run programs and impossible
to open things like our museum.
This grant will allow the Millbury
Historical Society to provide video
content later this summer, possible
remote programs in the fall via Zoom,
and expand the footprint of celebrating
Millbury's history beyond the walls of
Asa Waters Mansion and the Grass Hill
School. Stay tuned for more
If you would like to learn more or get
involved, please contact Jeff Raymond
The Millbury Historical Society
sincerely thanks the Blackstone River
Valley National Heritage Corridor for
providing the funds necessary to get
this endeavor off the ground.