|The Millbury Historical Society
|P.O... Box 367
|The tiny West Millbury Cemetery is located
at the corner of South Oxford Road and
West Main Street. There are many
Revolutionary soldiers buried here,
including Peter Willard who was black.
|Sitting aloft on a knoll overlooking
Bramanville is the First Congregational
|The Torrey House was built in the
1830's and has a tunnel connecting
it to the Asa Waters Mansion across
|The mill called S&D Spinning Mill has
much historical importance. This
"perfect" New England mill is on the
|This bandstand was built by
members of the community in
recent times to complement the
Asa Waters' Mansion.
Attention Millbury Historical Society members
and Millbury inhabitants (present and past):
Do you have old photos of Millbury?
Bits and pieces of Millbury's past such as bricks
from long-gone buildings or sports
Please contact Frank Gagliardit at 508-865-4192
if you would care to participate in this program.
Ancestor Search Draws Pair From Afar to Millbury
Article & Photo by Steve Balestrieri
Using Ancestry.com, a woman from California and one from Virginia recently learned they were not
only related but direct descendants of one of Millbury's oldest families.
"I was looking into my family tree and I started to uncover more and more," said Eithne Wait
Pardini, a French instructor at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music who lives in Belmont,
Calif. "That's when I found my cousin Pam from Virginia who was doing the same thing, and we
found each other." Pardini's cousin Pam Murphy Davis lives just outside Washington, D.C.
Uncovering more information, the two found that they were related to Millbury's Wait family. The
two visited Millbury for the first time Thursday and received help tracking down ancestors from
Sharon Anderson and Frank Gagliardi of the Millbury Historical Society and from Jerilyn Stead and
the First Congregational Church, where both have ties.
They visited the home of Joshua Wait at 43 Riverlin St.(now the residence of Bob Snow) and the
graves of many family members. One relative was William Wait, who donated the land for the
County Bridge Cemetery, now known as the Providence Street Cemetery next to Goretti's on Rte
122A. They also visited Central and West Millbury cemeteries. Three of their Wait ancestors were
Minutemen who fought at Lexington and Concord.
The cousins finished their tour with a trip to Millbury Historical Museum, which had just reopened
after remodeling. They were shown around the museum and the Asa Waters Mansion. It was an
eye-opening experience for both. "We didn't know what to expect, but this has been fantastic,"
|Eithne Wait Pardini and Pam
Murphy Davis traced their roots
to one of the oldest families in
Located in the heart of the historic Blackstone Valley, Millbury has long
played a central role in America’s industrial and cultural history.
The town’s early history was shaped by the Nipmuc people.
In the 18th century, farmers pushing west found Millbury’s hills and
waterways perfect for farms and small industries. The opening of the
Blackstone Canal in 1828 allowed Millbury to market its wares to the
nation. The Waters family produced guns in Armory Village, and Asa
Waters II built his stately mansion downtown. Millbury inventors had a
hand in perfecting the lathe, thermometer, and telegraph.
By 1910, Millbury was an industrial powerhouse, producing shuttles for
the weaving industry, woolen goods, and the finest chisels and machine
tools in America. The mills, boasting over a century of innovation and
experience, drew investors and workers eager for a share of the
Highlights of Millbury:
• Mill legacy
• Millbury Center
• West Millbury
• School and society
• Church and home
Available at area bookstores, independent retailers, and online retailers,
or through Arcadia Publishing at www.arcadiapublishing.com or
History of Millbury Told Through Vintage Images
Local author pens new book on this Worcester
The newest addition to Arcadia Publishing’s popular
Images of America series is Millbury from local author
Chris Sinacola. The book boasts more than 200
vintage images and memories of days gone by.
by Chris Sinacola
Images of America Series
128 pages/ softcover
Available: October 8, 2012
|Millbury’s Lawrence Atwood Whitney won
the Bronze Medal in the shot put in the 1912
Olympics in Sweden.
|Historical Society President Frank Gagliardi with
board members Sharon Anderson, left, Diane
Brisson and Jerilyn Stead who refurbished the