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Lancaster, Massachusetts, USA - Seven Bridge Road

Lancaster, Worcester, Massachusetts, USA

Lancaster, the oldest town in Worcester County, was first settled in 1643 as "Nashaway" (named after the local Nashaway tribe). It was officially incorporated in 1653 and renamed "Lancaster on the Nashua," after Lancaster, England, the town from which its founder, John Prescott emigrated. freedomsway.org

Lancaster includes: Ballard Hill, Deershorn, North Village, Nourse's Corner, and Poniken.


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Along Main Street, Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1906
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Along Main Street, Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1906
Lancaster Elm, Largest in N.E., Mass., 1907
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Lancaster Elm, Largest in N.E., Mass., 1907
A Street Scene; Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1907
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A Street Scene; Lancaster, Massachusetts, 1907
Old Grist Mill (1909)
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Old Grist Mill (1909)
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Lancaster, Mass. April Shower Scene on Nashua River, 1910
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Lancaster, Mass. April Shower Scene on Nashua River, 1910
Lancaster, Mass. Thayer Pond, 1912
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Gould's Apothecary Shop, Lancaster, Mass.
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1676 - February 10 - Wampanoag Indians under King Philip kill all men in Lancaster Mass

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1839 - Lancaster
Lancaster, Massachusetts
Worcester county. This town, the Nasawogg of the Indians, is the oldest town in the county; it was for many years a frontier settlement and greatly harrassed by the natives. In 1676, the town was attacked by 1,500 Indians; many were killed on both sides; the town was destroyed, and a number carried into captivity, among whom was the celebrated Mrs. Mary Rowlandson. Lancaster lies on both sides of Nashua river, and has a remarkably fine, alluvial soil, in a high state of cultivation. Perhaps there is no inland town in New England that possesses more natural beauties, or that strikes the eye of the traveller more agreeably.—The village is very beautiful:—it is neatly built on an alluvial plain, surrounded by hills, and watered by a large and placid stream. There are 3 cotton and 1 woolen mills in the town, and manufactures of leather, boots, shoes, hats, forks, combs, palm-leaf hats, tenon machines, copper pumps, piano-fortes, chairs, and cabinet ware:—annual... Read MORE...

1845 - LANCASTER. [Pop. 2,019. Inc. 1653.]
Lancaster is the oldest town in the county, and was called Nashoway by the Indians, who early invited white settlers from Watertown.

During Philip's War, the town was reduced to ashes, and entirely deserted. The Indians were led on by Philip himself. A decided
stand was made by the inhabitants, at the house of Mr. Rowlandson,
their minister, who was in Boston ; but the house was burned, and
all the inmates killed or carried into captivity.

A narrative of the numerous and painful removals of Mrs. Rowlandson from place to place, as her captors fled or advanced, was
published ; and when any family removes often, it is common, even
now, to say, ' They have as many removals as Mary Rowlandson.'
She returned in a few months to her friends.

Lancaster also suffered greatly in the French and Indian Wars
that followed, and had no rest until 1710.

The north and south branches of the Nashua meet in this town,
and enrich the soil by annual inundations.

The manufactures are... Read MORE...

1848 - Lancaster
The settlement of this town goes far back into the early history of Massachusetts. According to Winthrop, the plantation of Nashaway was undertaken in 1643. The whole territory around was in subjection to Sholan or Shaumey, sachem of the Nashaways, and whose residence was at Waushacurn, now Sterling. Sholat? occasionally visited Watertown for the purpose of trading with Mr. Thomas King, who resided there. He recommended Nashawogg to King as a place well suited for a plantation, and invited the English to come and dwell near him. Accordingly King, united with a number of others, purchased the land of Sholan, and procured a deed for 10 miles in length and 8 in breadth, stipulating that the English should not molest the Indians in their hunting, fishing, or planting places. This deed was confirmed by the general court.

The precise time of the removal to Lancaster is not known. The first building was a "trucking house," erected by Symonds and King, about a mile south-west of the... Read MORE...

1854 - Lancaster
Lancaster, a post-village of Worcester county, Massachusetts, on the Worcester and Nashua railroad, and on the West Branch river, near its junction with the Nashua, 19 miles N. N. E. from Worcester. It contains a bank, an academy, and several stores. Population of the township, 1688.
A New and Complete Gazetteer of the United States: Giving a Full and Comprehensive Review of the Present Condition, Industry, and Resources of the American Confederacy ... Thomas Baldwin (of Philadelphia.) Joseph Thomas January 1, 1854 Philadelphia : Lippincott, Grambo & Company 1854.
1889 - KILLED IN A WRECK.
Worcester, Mass., Sept. 21. - An accident occurred on the Boston and Maine Railroad between Lancaster and South Lancaster about 3:30 o'clock this morning. A freight train left Rochester at 6:45 o'clock last evening, and was due here at 4:30 o'clock this morning. A special freight train left here early this morning, and was half-way between Lancaster and South Lancaster when both trains collided. Engineer Edward Lawrence, of Rochester, had his left arm broken. The cars were piled upon each other. The engines were ruined.
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September 22, 1889
Lancaster Massachusetts, 1890
Lancaster is the oldest and one of the most beautiful towns in Worcester County. It lies on the Nashua River, 35 miles northwest of Boston. On the north are Lunenburg and Shirley, on the east Harvard and Bolton, on the south Clinton and on the west Sterling and Leominster. The assessed area is 16,192 acres. There are 6,6160 acres of woodland, containing oak, pine and maple. The highways and the 366 acres of water surface of the seven ponds added give a total area of 18,183 acres. The land is generally level, but rises in the southwest into the beautiful eminences of Ballard and George hills. The north and south branches of the Nashua River are conjoined near the southeast angle of the town; whence flowing through rich alluvial lands it forms the line between Lancaster and Harvard. The geological formation (according to Prof. Hitchcock) is the St. John's group — argillaceous slate predominating. In the gneissic portion are found fine examples of kyanite, chiastolite, and staurotide in... Read MORE...

1895 - Lancaster
Lancaster, a post-village and summer resort of Worcester co, Mass., is finely situated in Lancaster township, on the Nashua River, near the junction of its branches, and on the Worcester & Nashua Railroad, 18 miles N.N.E. of Worcester, and 2 miles N. of Clinton. It contains a national bank, 2 churches, an industrial school for girls, founded by the state, a public library of 6600 volumes, a large hotel, and manufactures of cotton sheeting, &c. Pop. of the township, 1957.
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
1916
Lancaster, a post- village and summer-resort of Worcester co., Mass., is finely situated in Lancaster township (town), on the Nashua River, near the junction of its branches, and on the Boston and Maine R., 18 miles NNE. of Worcester. It has manufactures of cotton-yarns, etc. Pop. of the town in 1900, 2478 ; of the village, 1400.
Lippincotts New Gazetteer: A Complete Pronouncing Gazetteer Or Geographical Dictionary of the World, Containing the Most Recent and Authentic Information Respecting the Countries, Cities, Towns, Resorts, Islands, Rivers, Mountains, Seas, Lakes, Etc., in Every Portion of the Globe, Part 1 Angelo Heilprin Louis Heilprin - January 1, 1916 J.B. Lippincott - Publisher
2023 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around Lancaster:
The Old Mill Restaurant: Start your visit with a meal at The Old Mill Restaurant. This historic mill turned restaurant offers a charming atmosphere and delicious New England cuisine.

Lancaster Town Green: Take a stroll around the Lancaster Town Green. It's a picturesque spot with a gazebo and lovely greenery, perfect for a leisurely walk or a picnic.

The Thayer Memorial Library: If you're a book lover, make sure to check out The Thayer Memorial Library. It's a cozy and welcoming library with a good collection of books.

Lancaster Historical Society: Explore the town's history at the Lancaster Historical Society. It might have exhibits or events that showcase the rich heritage of the area.

Bolton Orchards: Head to Bolton Orchards for a delightful experience. Depending on the season, you can pick your own fruits, shop for fresh produce, or enjoy a delicious meal at their cafe.

Nashoba Valley Winery: If you appreciate good wine, Nashoba Valley Winery is a short drive away.... Read MORE...

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