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Hardwick, Worcester, MA

Hardwick was first settled in 1737 and was officially incorporated in 1739, named in honor of Philip Yorke, Lord Hardwicke, an English nobleman. wikipedia

Hardwick includes: Wheelwright (Hardwick Depot), Creamery Station, Furnace, Old Furnace, Gilbertville, and Smith Crossing Station. mass_lookup.htm

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Hardwick, Massachusetts, USA

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View of Common (1910)
Hardwick, Massachusetts, USA

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Old Store & Hotel
Hardwick, Massachusetts, USA

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January 10, 1739 - Hardwick is incorporated

Massachusetts City and Town Incorporation and Settlement Dates
In 1762, General Timothy Ruggles, one of the leading Tories of New England, introduced the Hardwick Fair, now the oldest annual fair in the United States.
1839 - Hardwick
Hardwick, Massachusetts
Worcester county. Ware river and a smaller stream pass through the S. part of this town, and furnish good mill privileges. It lies 62 miles W. from Boston and 22 W. by N. from Worcester. Incorporated 1738. Population, 1837, 1,818.—There are 2 paper mills in the town, and manufactures of straw bonnets, palm-leaf hats, boots, shoes, ploughs, leather, chairs and cabinet ware: annual amount about $50,000.—Hardwick is a pleasant town, of good soil, with a fine fish pond.
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 - HARDWICK. [Pop. 1,789. Inc. 1739.]
Hardwick was originally purchased of the Indians by Thomas
Lamb and others, and called Lamhstoivn till its incorporation.

Ware River and one of its branches water the town.

The soil is good, though uneven. The inhabitants are mostly farmers, but they manufacture excellent paper, a few boots and shoes,
and palm-leaf hats.

Part of Dana and New Braintree were taken from Hardwick.

Distance from Worcester, 24 miles ; from Boston, 64
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
1848 - Harwick
This town was purchased in 1686 of John Magus and Nassowanno, two noted Indians, for the sum of £20, New England currency, and a deed taken by Messrs. Joshua Lamb, Nathaniel Page, Andrew Gardner, Benjamin Gamblin, Benjamin Tucker, John Curtiss, Richard Draper, and Samuel Ruggles, of Roxbnry. The heirs of these persons upon petition obtained a grant of the tract from the general court in 1732. It was called Lambstown, from the first-named proprietor, until it was incorporated in 1738, when it was named Hardwick. The first church was gathered here in 1736, and Rev. Daniel White ordained their first pastor. He remained with the people till his death, in 1784. He was succeeded by Rev. Thomas Holt, in 1789. Rev. Wm. B. Wesson, the next pastor, was ordained in 1805, and was succeeded by Rev. Martyn Tupper in 1828; Rev. Edward J. Fuller was installed the pastor in 1835. Rev. John M. Merrick, the parish minister, was ordained in 1828, and was succeeded by Rev. John Goldsbury, who was... Read MORE...

1852 - FIRE.
The House and Barn owned by Lorin Shaw in the south part of Hardwick, was totally destroyed by fire on Saturday, Aug. 28th. The House was occupied by two families, both of which lost nearly all their furniture, clothing, &c., and about 4 tons of hay in the Barn. Mr. Shaws loss is about $1400, partly insured. The fire originated in the upper part of the House, cause unknown.
Barre Gazette
Barre, Massachusetts
September 10, 1852
HARDWICK, a township of Worcester, co., in the state of Massachusetts, U.S., 68 m. W of Boston, watered by Ware river and its branches. Pop. in 1840, 1,784.
A Gazetteer of the World: Or, Dictionary of Geographical Knowledge, Publisher A. Fullarton, 1859
Hardwick Massachusetts, 1890
Hardwick is a prosperous agricultural and manufacturing town near the middle of the western side of Worcester County, 75 miles west of Boston. The Massachusetts Central Railroad winds through the town, having a station at Furnace Village (Hardwick station), in the eastern part, and another at Gilbertville, in the southern part.

Dana and Barre lie upon the northeastern and northwestern sides, New Braintree is on the southeast, Ware on the south, and Enfield on the west. The assessed area is 23,998 acres, with 5,287 in woodland. The surface is rough and hilly. The most notable elevation is Mount Dougal, in the southern part, overlooking the busy village of Gilbertsville, on Ware River. This, stream forms the long southeastern line of the town, and furnishes excellent powers. Moose and Danforth brooks, having some mill sites, flow into it from the north; and Muddy River flows through a series of small ponds in the north and middle portion of the town to Muddy Pond, at the southern... Read MORE...

1895 - Hardwick
Hard'wick, a post-village in Hardwick township, Worcester co., Mass., 25 miles from the Ware River Rail road, about 30 miles N.E. of Springfield. It has 3 churches. The township is bounded on the S.E. by the Ware River, contains a village named Gilbertville, and has manufactures of flannel, blankets, paper, &c. Pop.of the township, 1992.
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
2023 - Whether you're a nature enthusiast, history buff, or just looking for a relaxing day out, Hardwick has something to offer. Here's a list to get you started:
Hardwick Historical Society Museum:

Dive into the rich history of Hardwick by visiting the local historical society museum. It's a great place to learn about the town's past, with exhibits showcasing artifacts and photographs.

Quabbin Reservoir:

If you're a nature lover, Quabbin Reservoir is a must-visit. The vast expanse of water surrounded by wooded hills makes for a picturesque setting. You can enjoy hiking trails, birdwatching, or even a peaceful picnic by the water.

Eagle Hill School Trails:

For those who enjoy hiking, Eagle Hill School Trails provide a network of scenic paths. The trails wind through forests and fields, offering a tranquil escape for a nature walk.

Hardwick Vineyard & Winery:

Experience local flavors at the Hardwick Vineyard & Winery. Take a tour of the vineyard, learn about the winemaking process, and, of course, indulge in some wine tasting.

St. Aloysius Church:

Visit the St. Aloysius Church, a beautiful piece of architecture with a... Read MORE...

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Ancestors Who Were Born or Died in Hardwick, Massachusetts, USA

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male ancestorSeth DEANE (3 June 1683, Taunton, Massachusetts, USA (East Taunton) - 5 November 1722, Hardwick, Massachusetts, USA (Gilbertville))
male ancestorEbenezer AYERS (1685, , Massachusetts, USA - March 1747, Hardwick, Massachusetts, USA (Gilbertville))
male ancestorNathaniel WHITCOMB (19 August 1697, Scituate, Massachusetts, USA - 18 March 1772, Hardwick, Massachusetts, USA (Gilbertville))
male ancestorThomas WEEKS (September 5 1700, Marlborough, Massachusetts, USA (Marlboro) - 1777, Hardwick, Massachusetts, USA (Gilbertville))
female ancestorLydia BENSON (30 December 1701, Rochester, Massachusetts, USA - 30 June 1756, Hardwick, Massachusetts, USA (Gilbertville))
female ancestorRosanna Rosilla COOMBS (23 November 1702, Hardwick, Massachusetts, USA (Gilbertville) - 8 March 1737, Hardwick, Massachusetts, USA (Gilbertville))
female ancestorLydia SPOONER (1710, Dartmouth, Massachusetts, USA (Bliss Corner) (Smith Mills) (Padanaram) - 1755, Hardwick, Massachusetts, USA (Gilbertville))
female ancestorMary FREEMAN (24 April 1711, Hardwick, Massachusetts, USA (Gilbertville) - 30 November 1814, Billerica, Massachusetts, USA (North Billerica))
male ancestorZachariah HASKELL (11 April 1718, Rochester, Massachusetts, USA - 24 October 1759, Hardwick, Massachusetts, USA (Gilbertville))

Ancestors Who Were Married in Hardwick, Massachusetts, USA

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male ancestorNathaniel WHITCOMB (19 August 1697 - 18 March 1772) and female ancestorRosanna Rosilla COOMBS (23 November 1702 - 8 March 1737) married 21 January 1722
male ancestorSilas DEANE (1715 - 16 December 1794) and female ancestorJohannah WHITCOMB (6 June 1725 - 1765) married 13 September 1744
male ancestorJohn KERENS (21 October 1856 - 12 April 1934) and female ancestorMary SULLIVAN (December 1857 - 5 January 1930) married 19 August 1880

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