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Hubbardston, Worcester, MA

Originally called the "Northeast Quarter", Hubbardston was part of Rutland until it became a town in 1767. It was named for Thomas Hubbard, one of the original proprietors. The first European settlers were recorded in 1737.

Hubbardston includes: Nicholsville, Pitcherville, Williamsville, and Catville. mass_lookup.htm

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Hubbardston, Massachusetts, USA

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Wachusett Rest
Hubbardston, Massachusetts, USA

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Mc Williams Plant (1909)
Hubbardston, Massachusetts, USA

Mc Williams Plant (1909)

"The McWilliams mill was located on... land south of the center of town on Route 68. It was formerly the W. Wilber and Parker's saw- and gristmill. Arthur McWilliams manufactured woolen goods here in the late 1800s. The company was later known as the Star Blanket Manufacturing Company..."

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Arcadia Publishing, 2009

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1767 - Hubbardston is incorporated

1839 - Hubbardston
Hubbardston, Massachusetts
Worcester county. Hubbardston is on elevated ground, and the source of several branches of Ware river. There is much unimproved water power in the town. There are considerable tracts of valuable meadow land, and the uplands are good for grazing. It was incorporated in 1767. Population, 1837, 1,780. The manufactures of the town consist of copperas, leather, boots, shoes, palm-leaf hats, chairs, cabinet and wooden wares. Hubbardston lies 54 miles W. from Boston and 22 S. from Worcester.
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 - HUBBARDSTON. [Pop. 1,784. Inc. 1767.]
This town, once a part of Rutland, was named after Thomas Hubbard, of Boston, a large proprietor of its lands.

The situation of Hubbardston is quite elevated, and it furnishes several of the sources of Ware River.

The inhabitants are chiefly concerned in agriculture, and the manufactures are not to any great amount.

Distance from Worcester, 17 miles ; from Boston, 53
An Elementary Geography for Massachusetts Children by William Bentley Fowle and Asa Fitz, 1845
1848 - Hubbardston
This was called the north-east quarter of Rutland,” being wholly included in the original grant of that town, and was incorporated in 1767, and called Hubbardston, to perpetuate the name and memory of Hon. Thomas Hubbard, Esq., of Boston, who was a large proprietor of lands in this place. The first church was formed here in 1770, and Rev. Nehemiah Parker was ordained pastor. He was succeeded by Rev. David Kendall in 1802, and by Rev. Samuel Gay in 1810. Rev. Abner D. Jones was ordained pastor of the parish church in 1828, and was succeeded by Rev. Ebenezer Robinson in 1833.

Hubbardston is an extensive township, situated on the elevated lands between Connecticut river and the ocean. The ridge rises here to the height of more than 1,000 feet above the Connecticut, and sends to Ware river several considerable tributary streams. There are three ponds in this town, known by the names of Great and Little As-na-con-com-ick and Nattic ponds.

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Hubbardston Massachusetts, 1890
Hubbardston lies on the highlands on the west side of Wachusett Mountain, and nearly in the centre of the northern half of Worcester County, 64 miles from Boston. The Worcester Branch of the Fitchburg Railroad has a station at East Hubbardston, and the Ware River Railroad has one at Williamsville, in the western part of the town; these places, with Hubbardston (centre), being the villages and post-offices.

In form this town is nearly a square, all its boundaries being straight lines except an intrusion of Princeton where the eastern angle should be. Gardner and Westminster lie on the northeast side, Princeton and Rutland on the southeast, Barre on the southwest, and Phillipston and Templeton on the northwest. The area is very nearly 36 square miles. The assessed land is 25,001 acres. There are 9,300 acres of forest; while many farms additional are now given up to a young growth. Pine, hemlock, birch, maple, beech and chestnut are the woods that predominate. Along the village... Read MORE...

1895 - Hubbardston
Hub'bardston, a post-town of Worcester co., Mass., 20 miles by rail N.N.W. of Worcester. It has 3 churches, a public library, a graded school, and manufactures of woollen-cloth, boxes, and lumber. Pop. in 1890, 1346.
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 - Here's a list of places to go and things to do in and around Hubbardston:
Comet Pond:

Spend a peaceful day at Comet Pond, a beautiful spot for fishing, kayaking, or just enjoying the serene surroundings. It's a great place for a family picnic or a quiet afternoon by the water.

Hubbardston Center Historic District:

Take a stroll through the historic district in Hubbardston Center. Admire the well-preserved architecture and immerse yourself in the town's rich history. The town common is a lovely spot to relax.

Barre Falls Dam:

Head over to nearby Barre Falls Dam for some hiking and outdoor activities. The trails offer scenic views, and it's a fantastic place for birdwatching. Don't forget to bring your camera!

Mt. Jefferson Conservation Area:

If you're up for a bit of a hike, explore the trails at Mt. Jefferson Conservation Area. The summit provides stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

Visit Local Farms:

Check out local farms in the area. Some may offer pick-your-own experiences, farm stands with fresh produce, and a chance... Read MORE...

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