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Lansing Millis, the founder of the town of Millis, successfully incorporated Millis into the Commonwealth of Massachusetts on February 24, 1885. Lansing Millis was successful in turning the small town of Millis into an important area of Massachusetts. Lansing Millis, who was widely known as a railroad entrepreneur, built up a strong rail system in Millis. wikipedia

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1676 - King Philip's War
On February 21, 1676, Native Americans killed 17 Medfield citizens and destroyed half of the town (32 houses, two mills, and many barns). Immediately after this attack, the Native Americans under King Philip (Metacom) fled to Millis where they held a grand feast. This spot is marked by “The King Phillip Trees”, which are two hundred year old trees protected by the Millis Historical Society. The next day, on February 22, the Native American forces led an offensive against the Fayerbanke Palisades at Boggestowe Farms, which are in present-day Millis. This attack was repulsed, as well as a second attack, which occurred on May 6.
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Millis was officially incorporated in 1885

Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
1890 Millis Massachusetts
Millis, situated on the west side of the Charles River and on the northwestern side of Norfolk County, is a new and very pleasant town, mainly agricultural in its pursuits. The Woonsocket Division of the New York and New England Railroad passes through the midst of the town, having a very attractive station at the centre village — Millis,— 23 miles from Boston. The other village is Rockville, on the Charles River in the southern part of the town. Millis is bounded on the north by Sherborn, on the east by Medfield, on the southeast and south by Norfolk, and on the west by Medway. The assessed area is 7,000 acres; including 2,312 acres of woodland. The surface for the most part is gently undulating. In the south, cast and north are groups of small hills. Boggistere Brook enters the town at the northwest, and, forming two ponds and marking the form of three oxbows in its course, it unites with the Charles River at the northeast corner. One of these is South End Pond, lying near the... Read MORE...

1906
Millis, a banking post-township (town and village) of Norfolk co., Mass., on the New York, New Haven and Hartford R., 7 miles SW. of Dedham. Pop. of the town in 1900, 1053.
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 Millis and its surroundings:
Clyde F. Brown Elementary School Playground: If you have kids, this is a great place to start. The school's playground is open to the public during non-school hours, offering a fun and safe play area for children.

Oak Grove Farm: Located on Causeway Street, Oak Grove Farm is a family-owned and operated farm that's been in business for over 100 years. Visit in the fall for pumpkin picking, hayrides, and a taste of rural life.

Medfield State Forest: Just a short drive away, this state forest offers hiking trails, bird watching, and picnicking areas. It's a peaceful spot for a nature walk or a day out in the woods.

Millis Public Library: This is more than just a library; it's a community hub. Check out their events calendar for book readings, workshops, and other activities for all ages.

Dining at Local Eateries: Millis has a handful of local restaurants and cafes worth trying. Some popular options include the Village Street Grill for delicious American cuisine, Farmhouse... Read MORE...

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