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Sterling, Massachusetts, USA

Sterling, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

"Sterling, a post-village in Sterling township, Worcester co., Mass., on the Fitchburg & Worcester Railroad, 14 miles N. of Worcester, and 12 miles S. by E. of Fitchburg. It has 3 churches, a tannery, a chair-factory, and a pottery. Pop. of the township, 1670."

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

Sterling includes: Washacum, Chocksett, Cookshire, Justice Hill, Kendall Hill, Meeting House Hill, Pratts Junction, The Quag, Rowley Hill, and Squareshire.
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  • 1720 - Sterling is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1781 - Sterling is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • 1845 - STERLING. [Pop. 1,647. Inc. 1781.]
    Sterling was once a part of Lancaster, and called Chockset. Its present name, though misspelled, was given in honor of Lord Stirling, a Major-Gene...Read MORE...


  • 1848 - Sterling
    This was for many years the second parish in Lancaster, and was usually called Chockset. It was made a separate parish in the year 1743, and remained ...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Sterling
    Sterling, a post-village in Worcester co., Massachusetts, on the Fitchburg and Worces ter railroad, near its junction with the Worcester and Nashua ra...Read MORE...


  • 1871 - Mary's Little Lamb
    The Worcester Gazette has become nauseated by the many recent effusions concerning "Mary's Little Lamb," and disposes of the animal in this way:

    "M...Read MORE...


  • Sterling Massachusetts, 1890
    Sterling is a pleasant manufacturing and farming town of 1,321 inhabitants, lying in the northeastern section of Worcester County, 49 miles northwest ...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Sterling
    Sterling, a post-village in Sterling township, Worcester co., Mass., on the Fitchburg & Worcester Railroad, 14 miles N. of Worcester, and 12 miles S. ...Read MORE...


  • Sterling, Massachusetts, USA
    Washacum Park
  • 1906
    Sterling, a post-village in Sterling township (town), Worcester oo., Mass., on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 14 miles N. of Worcester. Pop....Read MORE...


  • Sterling, Massachusetts, USA
    Sterling Public Library and Unitarian Church
  • News 1927 - $75,000 BLAZE SWEEPS BAY STATE CHAIR SHOP
    STERLING, Mass., June 2 - (By Associated Press) - Fire starting in the finishing room in the E R Buck Chair shop today caused damage estimated at abou...Read MORE...


  • Sterling, Massachusetts, USA
    "The Little Red School House"
    Sudbury, Massachusetts

    This school originally "The Redstone School" of School District No. 2 in Sterling, Mass., was erected in 1798. It was the scene of the poem "MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB." It was moved to the... Read MORE...



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"The Little Red School House"
Sudbury, Massachusetts

This school originally "The Redstone School" of School District No. 2 in Sterling, Mass., was erected in 1798. It was the scene of the poem "MARY HAD A LITTLE LAMB." It was moved to the... Read MORE...
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  • 1720 - Sterling is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1781 - Sterling is incorporated

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • 1845 - STERLING. [Pop. 1,647. Inc. 1781.]
    Sterling was once a part of Lancaster, and called Chockset. Its present name, though misspelled, was given in honor of Lord Stirling, a... Read MORE...

  • 1848 - Sterling
    This was for many years the second parish in Lancaster, and was usually called Chockset. It was made a separate parish in the year 1743, and remained ... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Sterling
    Sterling, a post-village in Worcester co., Massachusetts, on the Fitchburg and Worces ter railroad, near its junction with the Worcester and Nashua... Read MORE...

  • 1871 - Mary's Little Lamb
    The Worcester Gazette has become nauseated by the many recent effusions concerning "Mary's Little Lamb," and disposes of the animal in this... Read MORE...

  • Sterling Massachusetts, 1890
    Sterling is a pleasant manufacturing and farming town of 1,321 inhabitants, lying in the northeastern section of Worcester County, 49 miles northwest ... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Sterling
    Sterling, a post-village in Sterling township, Worcester co., Mass., on the Fitchburg & Worcester Railroad, 14 miles N. of Worcester, and 12 miles S. ... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Sterling, a post-village in Sterling township (town), Worcester oo., Mass., on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 14 miles N. of Worcester.... Read MORE...

  • News  1927 - $75,000 BLAZE SWEEPS BAY STATE CHAIR SHOP
    STERLING, Mass., June 2 - (By Associated Press) - Fire starting in the finishing room in the E R Buck Chair shop today caused damage estimated at... Read MORE...

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