The Millbury Historical Society
Incorporated 1972
Millbury, Massachusetts
P.O... Box 367
Millbury, MA
01527
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
Church.
The Torrey House was built in the
1830's and has a tunnel connecting
it to the Asa Waters Mansion across
the street.
The mill called S&D Spinning Mill has
much historical importance. This
"perfect" New England mill is on the
Town Seal.
This bandstand was built by
members of the community in
recent times to complement the
Asa Waters' Mansion.
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Memories! Memories!

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
memorabilia?

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,"
said Pardini.
Eithne Wait Pardini and Pam
Murphy Davis traced their roots
to one of the oldest families in
Millbury.

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
American dream.

Highlights of Millbury:
•        Mill legacy
•        Millbury Center
•        Bramanville
•        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
(888)-313-2665.  

History of Millbury Told Through Vintage Images
Local author pens new book on this Worcester
County town

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.

Millbury

by Chris Sinacola

Images of America Series

Price: $21.99
128 pages/ softcover
Available: October 8, 2012
Refurbished Museum Gives Old Millbury Treasures
a 'New' Home

By Amy Corneliussen/CORRESPONDENT

Photos by Christine Peterson

The town of Millbury has its own bronze medal winner from the Olympics
— an Olympics that happened 100 years ago. Lawrence Atwood Whitney
won the bronze in the shot put in the 1912 Olympics in Sweden.
His story is one of dozens of historical facts, artifacts and memorabilia on
display at the newly refurbished museum of the Millbury Historical Society.
With the town celebrating its bicentennial this year and next, the museum
received a facelift and reopened this summer in the Asa Waters Mansion
with new exhibits and reorganized displays highlighting local soldiers,
athletes, and colorful characters, as well as businesses and business
owners.
Volunteers worked from January to June to make the museum more
visitor-friendly. As they went through boxes and scoured the mansion's
attic for historical gems, they found some treasures and sparked
memories from their own Millbury childhoods.
In addition to Olympic medalist Whitney, the museum also brags about
Millbury's other accomplished town residents.
As a boy, President William Taft spent summers in Millbury visiting his
grandparents. Later as president, he and his wife visited his Aunt Delia
Torrey at her Elm Street home, across the street from the Asa Waters
Mansion.
Another exhibit honors Paul Giorgio, who climbed Mount Everest in 2001,
bringing his Millbury High School T-shirt to the top and returning with an
Everest rock to add to the museum's collection. “That's one of our
proudest accomplishments,” said Historical Society President Frank
Gagliardi.
Treasures from the attic include military uniforms from World War I and
World War II, now on display in the museum. Another find was a scrapbook
containing photos of all Millbury soldiers who served in World War II.
The museum's photo bins are popular, containing more than 500 photos of
town residents, events and natural disasters. Photos can be copied at the
museum.
“People come in and they discover the photo bins and end up staying an
hour. It's the old story that a picture is worth a thousand words,” Mr.
Gagliardi said.
The museum is open three times each month, with dates and times posted
on the Historical Society's website, millburyhistory.org. The town's
bicentennial celebration runs through July 4, 2013. Activities include a
monthly tour of the Grass Hill section of West Millbury on various
Saturdays throughout the Bicentennial year, and a revolutionary war
reenactment Oct. 20 and 21. Information is available at www.millbury2013.
com.
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
Museum.