|P.O... Box 367
The Millbury Historical Society is a
Become a member and help to
preserve Millbury's past for its
Types of memberships:
Lifetime (Individual) $100
Lifetime (Couple) $150
Make Checks payable to:
The Millbury Historical Society
Millbury, MA 01527
|The Millbury Historical Society
|The Old Common
|P.O... Box 367
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|Why not consider
becoming a member and
help us preserve the
history of our town?
As a member you will receive an
open invitation to all of our
events, and your dues will be
used to continue the
preservation of Millbury's
At $10 for an individual
membership and $25 for a
family, it is one of the best
deals in town!
The annual membership runs
from June to June.
A Tale of Two Gavels
On January 29, 1971, the Millbury Town Hall was
destroyed by fire.
Warren Baldwin, Chartering President of the Millbury
Historical Society, and his father, former Selectman
and Town Moderator Fred Baldwin, received
permission from Fire Chief Kenneth Army to enter the
Knowing that the Town Hall was a total loss, the pair
was determined to save a part of the building for
posterity. Fire hoses were still running as they used a
chainsaw to cut out a section of the beautiful
mahogany handrail of the staircase on the right side of
Later, Fred Baldwin took the railing to his home in
Sutton where he handcrafted two identical gavels in
At the next Annual Town Meeting following the fire,
Warren Baldwin, on behalf of his father, presented the
Town Moderator Paul Dempsey with one of the
historically-significant gavels to be used to conduct
Millbury’s future Town Meetings.
The other gavel, Warren Baldwin, now a resident of
Myrtle Beach, SC, has just recently donated to the
Millbury Historical Society for safe-keeping and
|The Millbury Historical Society's "General
Store" is also on display in the foyer of the
Be sure to stop in and view the many useful,
entertaining, and lovely articles for sale.
Please contact President Frank Gagliardi, if
you are interested in purchasing any of them.
|What We Do
We work to meet these objectives in various ways.
Some of them are:
What We Are
The Millbury Historical Society is a non-profit organization
|Above Dynamite Photo Courtesy of:
Brian Lahue / MillingMillbury.com
|The Old Town Hall
|By 1873 “A. Wood and Sons” employed seventy-three
people from Millbury and the surrounding towns in his
West Millbury business. Shoes bearing the name “A.
Woods & Son” were looked upon as “the best of the best”.
Captain Wood’s mansion has disappeared although we do
have a photo of it. Asa Waters II and Caleb Burbank were
wealthy enough to have their portraits painted by John
Blunt so we’ve always know what they looked like.
Throughout Millbury’s history we had never seen a John
Blunt portrait of Captain Amasa Wood and his wife Sarah
Foristall Wood-until last fall!
Millbury Historical Society Board Member Jerilyn Stead
found a 1980 magazine on the mantle in the Millbury
Historical Society and inside it had portraits of the Waters,
the Burbanks, and the Woods! Captain Wood also had
portraits painted of four of his children!
The magazine was published by the Folk Art Museum in
New York City.
Jeri contacted them and requested photos of the portraits
as the Wood family was so prominent in Millbury’s past,
but was told the portraits were in a private collection.
The curator at the museum said she would tell the
collector of our inquiry concerning the portraits and they
would contact us if interested.
Jeri Stead soon received an e-mail which began with “Hi,
Sue and Dexter Pond, who live in Grafton, have collected
many of the John Blunt portraits. Their collection
included prominent people who lived in Millbury and
Sutton during the 1800’s. Out of all of America, the Ponds
lived right in Grafton!
The Ponds invited Jeri to come to Grafton to view the
portraits and Edd Cote, our Millbury photographer, was
also invited to come and take photos of their treasures.
The Ponds even took the portraits outside so that Edd
would have perfect lighting!
(L to R): Driver Sharon Anderson, Dexter Pond, Sue Pond,
Historical Sleuth Jeri Stead All pictured with the Amasa Wood
All photos courtesy of Edd Cote
The Millbury Historical Society certainly appreciates the
generosity of the Pond Family which has allowed us to
bring to life the long-forgotten shoe manufacturer of West
|Amasa Wood, A Forgotten Pillar
of Millbury is Found!
|Seven-year old William McLean's Gravesite in
Millbury's Central Cemetery
|Ninety-one-year old Beverly
half-sister of the stricken
|Bob Rochon, owner of Creative Signworks here in Millbury. Bob's
discovery made this "reunion" possible!
|Millbury's Uncommon Old Common
On September 24th, a gorgeous fall afternoon, approximately one
hundred twenty-five people attended our "Uncommon Old Common"
program in which we unveiled a sign noting the historical significance
of the original center of Millbury.
President Frank Gagliardi introduced the program and Jerilyn Stead,
portraying Thankful Singletary, led the audience through the history
of the establishment of "The Lord's Barn" and thus the Town of
She had paced off the size and position of the original church (on
Mike & Scott Remuck's present property) and had the "parishioners"
line up along it for instruction.
After that there were more stories from Carole Chiras and Frank
Gagliardi and then the exciting unveiling of "The Sign"!
Refreshments, courtesy of Goretti's, were served. Sign by Creative
|Board of the Millbury Historical
Society and the New Sign:
(Standing) L to R: Jeff Dore, Mary Lou
Mulhane, Richard Hamilton, Frank
Gagliardi, President, Ken Dumas,
Jerilyn Stead, & Carole Chiras
(Kneeling) L to R: Sharon Anderson,
Maureen Army, Debbie Pousland, &
|Thankful Singletary Instructs the
Parishioners Gathered in The Lord's
|The Millbury Historical Society
Holds Exciting Program
Michael Graves' painting of The
Grass Hill School was raffled off
during the program and was taken
home by Maura Kenary Barbato.
|Lynne McKenney Lydick and
Thomas Lydick as Abby and
Photo Courtesy of Worcester
Telegram & Gazette Tom Rettig.