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Sherborn, Massachusetts, USA - Pilgrim Church

Sherborn, Middlesex, MA

The whole Charles River valley from South Natick to the falls at Medway kept its Indian name "Boggestow"; it was sought out by the English because of the abundant marsh grass growing on the wide flood plain. By 1674 Boggestow had grown sufficiently to be incorporated as a new town (i.e. the land had never been part of another town) and was arbitrarily named "Sherborne" by the General Court. The original area was of such an awkward shape that the General Court allowed an exchange of 4000 acres with the Natick Indians in 1679; and it was that new land which formed most of the present town.

Sherborn includes: Dowse's Corner and Whitney. mass_lookup.htm

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Sherborn, Massachusetts, USA

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Sherborn, Massachusetts, USA

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1839 - Sherburne
Sherburne, Massachusetts
Middlesex county. This town is watered by Charles and Sudbury rivers. It is 18 miles S.W. by W. from Boston and 15 S. from Concord. Population, 1837, 1,037. Incorporated, 1674. The soil of Sherburne is very good and productive. The village is on elevated land; it is pleasant, and commands good prospects. The manufactures of the town consist of straw bonnets, boots, shoes, leather, axes, forks, ploughs, muskets and whips: annual value, about $60,000.
The New England Gazetteer containing descriptions of all the states, counties and towns in New England: also descriptions of the principal mountains, rivers lakes, capes, bays, harbors, islands and fashionable resorts within that territory. Alphabetically arranged. By John Hayward, author of the Columbian Traveller, Religious Creeds, &c. &c. Boston: John Hayward. Boyd & White, Concord, N.H. 1839
1845 - SHERBURNE. [Pop. 995. Inc. 1674]
Sherburne originally included Holliston within its limits. It lies on the western bank of Charles River, is somewhat elevated, and has a good soil.

Shoes, and straw bonnets, next to agriculture, employ the inhabitants.

Distance from Coneord, 15 miles; from Boston, 18.
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
1848 - Sherburne
This town was incorporated in 1674. It is separated from Dover and Medfield by Charles river. The township is on an elevated site, with a good soil. In the central part of the town there is a village, having two Congregational churches, one of which is Unitarian. Population, 1,037. Distance, 15 miles from Concord, 10 from Dedharn, and 18 from Boston. In 1837, there were 40 pairs of boots and 48,000 pairs of shoes manufactured, valued at $40,000; sixty males and thirty females were employed; 2,000 straw bonnets were manufactured, valued at $4,000. There was an axe, plough and fork manufactory. The value of whips manufactured was $5,325; capital invested, $1,325; twenty-one hands were employed, seven of whom were females. Value of muskets manufactured, $1,600.
Historical Collections Relating to the History... John Warner Barber, Worcester, Warren Lazell, 1848
Sherborn Massachusetts, 1890
Sherborn is a fair old farming town in the southern extremity of Middlesex County, about 20 miles from Boston. It is but a few minutes' ride on the Milton Branch of the Old Colony Railroad, which also connects it with Framingham; whence also the Milford Branch of the Boston and Albany runs close to its western border. The post-offices are Sherborn (centre) and South Sherborn, — which are also railroad stations. The other village is West Sherborn. The carriage roads are good, and are bordered with many ornamental and shade trees.

Natick bounds this town on the northeast; Dover, Medfield and Millis on the southeast; Holliston on the southwest; Ashfield lies at the west; and Framingham on the northwest. The assessed area is 9,943 acres; there are upwards of 3,000 acres of forest, containing the usual varieties of trees. Nason Hill is a conspicuous eminence in the southern part. Peter's Hill, on the north is mainly a precipitous ledge of sienite some 50 feet in height, through which... Read MORE...

1895 - Sherborn
Sher’born, a post-village in Sherborn township, Middlesex co., Mass., on the railroad from Fitchburg to New Bedford, 41 miles S.E. of Fitchburg. It has a public library, an academy, a state prison for women, and 2 churches. Pop. of the township in 1890, 1381.
Lippincott's Gazetteer of the World: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World Containing Notices of Over One Hundred and Twenty-five Thousand Places ... Joseph Thomas January 1, 1895 J.B. Lippincott
Sherborn, a post-village in Sherborn township (town), Middlesex oo., Mass., on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 41 miles SE. of Fitchburg. Pop. of the town in 1900, 1483.
Lippincott's New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns ... in Every Portion of the Globe Publisher J.B. Lippincott Company, 1906
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in Sherborn:
Farm Pond: Enjoy a day at Farm Pond, a serene spot for fishing, kayaking, and picnicking.

Rocky Narrows Reservation: Hike the trails at Rocky Narrows Reservation, offering beautiful views of the Charles River.

Honeypot Hill Orchards: Visit this orchard for apple picking in the fall and enjoy their farm store with fresh produce and baked goods.

Sherborn Library: Spend a quiet afternoon at the local library, reading or participating in community events.

Powisset Farm: Explore Powisset Farm, a Trustees of Reservations property, offering walking trails and a farm stand.

Peace Abbey: Discover the Peace Abbey, known for its Pacifist Memorial and Gandhi Room.

Sherborn Inn: Have a meal at the historic Sherborn Inn, which dates back to the 18th century.

Artistic Mile: Explore Artistic Mile, a unique stretch of road featuring outdoor art installations.

Coggshall Park: Visit Coggshall Park for a family-friendly day with a playground, sports fields, and walking... Read MORE...

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