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Spencer, Massachusetts, USA

Spencer, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Spencer includes: Smithville, Wire Village (Upper Wire Village), Hillsville, and Lower Wire Village (Proutyville).


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  • 1721 - Spencer is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates

  • Spencer, Massachusetts, USA
    Pope Mansion, built 1744
  • General Henry Knox and his troops passed through here in the winter of 1775-76 with a load of 59 cannons pulled by teams of oxen.
    The cannons were captured from the British at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. They were transported from Lake Champlain to Dorchester Heights,...Read MORE...


  • 1845 - SPENCER. [Pop. 1,604. Inc. 1753.]
    Spencer was originally a part of Leicester.

    The town is on elevated ground,, but the soil is good, and watered by several small streams...Read MORE...


  • 1848 - Spencer
    The whole of this town was included in the original grant of Leicester. It was made a parish in the year 1744, by the name of the West Parish of...Read MORE...


  • 1854 - Spencer
    Spencer, a post- village in Worcester co., Massachusetts, on the Western railroad, 62 miles W. S. W. from Boston, contains 2 or 8 churches....Read MORE...


  • News 1873 - Wrong Vaccine
    Doctor Fontaine, of Spencer, Mass, was held in $2,000 bonds yesterday for manslaughter in causing the death of a child by using small pox virus for...Read MORE...


  • News 1885 - Men of Brains - Some of the Distinguished American Inventors
    Elias Howe, inventor of the modern sewing machine; born at Spencer, Massachusetts, in 1819; died in 1867; machinist; sewing machine patented in 1846. ...Read MORE...


  • 1888 - Spencer Fair
    The Spencer Fair was established in 1888.

  • Spencer Massachusetts, 1890
    Spencer is an elevated and beautiful farming and manufacturing town in the southwesterly section of Worcester County, 18 miles from Worcester and 62...Read MORE...


  • 1895 - Spencer
    Spencer, a post-village in Spencer township, Worcester co, Mass., 1 1/ 2 miles N, of Spencer Station of the Boston & Albany Railroad, and about 12...Read MORE...


  • Spencer, Massachusetts, USA
    View from High Street, Spencer, Mass.
  • Spencer, Massachusetts, USA
    Main Street, Spencer, Mass.
  • Spencer, Massachusetts, USA
    Business Centre Looking East
  • Spencer, Massachusetts, USA
    Main St., looking West
  • Spencer, Massachusetts, USA
    General View of Spencer, Mass., 1905
  • 1906
    Spencer, a banking post-village in Spencer township (town), Worcester co., Mass., on the Boston and Albany R., and about 12 miles W. of Worcester....Read MORE...


  • News 1907 - WOMAN HURT AS AUTO TURNS OVER
    Spencer, Nov. 24 - Mrs. Justin D. Anderson, wife of the president of the Hartford Rubber Works Company of Hartford, Conn., was severely injured...Read MORE...


  • News 1910 - HOTEL BURNED.
    Spencer, Mass., Oct. 7. - Through smoke-filled corridors the thirty guests of the Massasoit house, the largest hotel in Spencer, made hurried exits...Read MORE...


  • Spencer, Massachusetts, USA
    Cherry Street
  • Spencer, Massachusetts, USA
    First Congregational Church, 1910
  • Spencer, Massachusetts, USA
    David Prouty's High School
  • Spencer, Massachusetts, USA
    Richard Sudgen Library
  • Spencer, Massachusetts, USA
    Main Street, 1910
  • Spencer, Massachusetts, USA
    Massasoit Hotel
  • Spencer, Massachusetts, USA
    B. & A. R. R. Station, Spencer, Mass.
  • Spencer, Massachusetts, USA
    Lincoln Street, 1911
  • Spencer, Massachusetts, USA
    Birthplace of Elias Howe, Inventor of the Sewing Machine
  • Spencer, Massachusetts, USA
    Isaac Prouty Shoe Factory
  • Spencer, Massachusetts, USA
    St. Mary's Church, Rectory and Parochial School
  • Spencer, Massachusetts, USA
    Odd Fellows Hall
  • Spencer, Massachusetts, USA
    Town Hall
  • Spencer, Massachusetts, USA
    Methodist Church


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Pope Mansion, built 1744

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View from High Street, Spencer, Mass.

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Main Street, Spencer, Mass.

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Business Centre Looking East


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Main St., looking West

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General View of Spencer, Mass., 1905

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B. & A. R. R. Station, Spencer, Mass.

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Cherry Street

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First Congregational Church, 1910

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David Prouty's High School

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Richard Sudgen Library

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Main Street, 1910


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Massasoit Hotel

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Lincoln Street, 1911

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Birthplace of Elias Howe, Inventor of the Sewing Machine

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Isaac Prouty Shoe Factory

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St. Mary's Church, Rectory and Parochial School

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Odd Fellows Hall

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Town Hall

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Methodist Church
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  • 1721 - Spencer is settled

    Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
  • General Henry Knox and his troops passed through here in the winter of 1775-76 with a load of 59 cannons pulled by teams of oxen.
    The cannons were captured from the British at Fort Ticonderoga and Crown Point. They were transported from Lake Champlain to Dorchester Heights,... Read MORE...

  • 1845 - SPENCER. [Pop. 1,604. Inc. 1753.]
    Spencer was originally a part of Leicester.

    The town is on elevated ground,, but the soil is good, and watered by several small streams... Read MORE...

  • 1848 - Spencer
    The whole of this town was included in the original grant of Leicester. It was made a parish in the year 1744, by the name of the West Parish of... Read MORE...

  • 1854 - Spencer
    Spencer, a post- village in Worcester co., Massachusetts, on the Western railroad, 62 miles W. S. W. from Boston, contains 2 or 8 churches.... Read MORE...

  • News  1873 - Wrong Vaccine
    Doctor Fontaine, of Spencer, Mass, was held in $2,000 bonds yesterday for manslaughter in causing the death of a child by using small pox virus for... Read MORE...

  • News  1885 - Men of Brains - Some of the Distinguished American Inventors
    Elias Howe, inventor of the modern sewing machine; born at Spencer, Massachusetts, in 1819; died in 1867; machinist; sewing machine patented in 1846. ... Read MORE...

  • 1888 - Spencer Fair
    The Spencer Fair was established in 1888.
  • Spencer Massachusetts, 1890
    Spencer is an elevated and beautiful farming and manufacturing town in the southwesterly section of Worcester County, 18 miles from Worcester and 62... Read MORE...

  • 1895 - Spencer
    Spencer, a post-village in Spencer township, Worcester co, Mass., 1 1/ 2 miles N, of Spencer Station of the Boston & Albany Railroad, and about 12... Read MORE...

  • 1906
    Spencer, a banking post-village in Spencer township (town), Worcester co., Mass., on the Boston and Albany R., and about 12 miles W. of Worcester.... Read MORE...

  • News  1907 - WOMAN HURT AS AUTO TURNS OVER
    Spencer, Nov. 24 - Mrs. Justin D. Anderson, wife of the president of the Hartford Rubber Works Company of Hartford, Conn., was severely injured... Read MORE...

  • News  1910 - HOTEL BURNED.
    Spencer, Mass., Oct. 7. - Through smoke-filled corridors the thirty guests of the Massasoit house, the largest hotel in Spencer, made hurried exits... Read MORE...

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