Harvard Historical Society Blogs
May 18, 2019 – Upcoming Events – Relocating History – Preserving The Great Elms Barn – Thursday, May 23 @ 7:00 PM – 215 Still River Rd, Still River, Ma
May 14, 2019 – Harvard Places – Eastview Conservation Land
Fewer trees and more pasture. And on the other side of the stone wall, the Hildreth pasture in 1915 was home to some of Harvard’s many cows.
May 9, 2019 – Harvard Events – 100th Anniversary of Congregational Church in 1921
May 6, 2019 – Harvard Events – Town Clean-up – Sept 28, 1972
May 01, 2019 – Harvard Places – 239 Stow Rd
April 23, 2019 – Harvard Miscellaneous –
Ross & McClaughlin Incubator
April 23, 2019 – Harvard Places – Shaker North Family – Chickens
April 12, 2019 – People of Harvard – Arthur Bigelow – Bigelow’s Market
April 1, 2019 – Harvard Places – The Bromfield School
An early photo of Bromfield looking from Pond Rd
A newspaper clipping about the opening of Old Bromfield in 1878. “Pupils will be fitted for the best colleges, and a specialty will be made of preparing young ladies for entrance to them.” The note at bottom of article mentioning that the brick was furnished by J.C. Richmond indicates that the brick was made in Still River, Ma. The article is probably from The Turner Public Spirit, but title and date headings were clipped.
March 14, 2019 – People of Harvard – Ezra Newton
A little bit more about Ezra Newton on his 100th birthday –his picture was in our last posting. This is from the Fitchburg Sentinel, February 1895.
March 7, 2019 – Street Names of Harvard – Babbitt Lane
Sarah “Tabitha” Babbitt (December 9, 1779 – December 10, 1853)
Sister (Sarah) Tabitha Babbitt is the most famous of the Babbitt family in Harvard. Her father Seth donated his land to the Shakers when his daughter Tabitha and her sister persuaded their father to “cast their lot with the Shaker community. (His former land became the Poor Farm) Tabitha is credited with inventing the circular saw, false teeth, a process for making nails by cutting them, and a new device to improve a spinning wheel. – March 7, 2019 –
March 7, 2019 – People of Harvard – Bromfield Classes of 1921-1924
When Eleanor Perry entered Bromfield as a Freshman in 1924, “the large room upstairs was the home room for all students. The boys sat on one side and the girls on the other. There was a sort of library and reference area in the center. The Principal’s desk was in front and also two rows of benches. Pupils had to be properly dressed. The boys were required to wear ties and either jackets or sweaters.” (From a talk given by Eleanor Perry at the Historical Society in either 1989 or 1990) – March 7, 2019 –
March 7, 2019 – Street Names of Harvard – Simon Atherton Lane
Simon Atherton was admitted, along with his sister Sylvia, into the Harvard Shakers at the age of 5. He became one of the trusted leaders of the Harvard Shakers. Known as a wise and efficient manager, he was credited with building up the seed business. He served as trustee for 47 years. Atherton borrowed the saying, “A good name is better than riches” and used it as his motto for the herb industry.
The Shaker day journals are filled with the entries “Simon goes to Boston.” The quintessential Shaker businessman, he spent two days a week at the state capitol looking after the Shaker’s business interests. He lodged at Boston’s Quincy house for many years and was regarded as a regular boarder.
By 1835 the herb industry in Harvard was a major business.
To support the herb industry, the Harvard Shakers constructed the Herb Drying House in 1848 and the Herb Barn in 1849. Efficient production, drying, and marketing of high-quality herbs resulted in worldwide sales of over 18 tons in 1855. -March 7, 2019 –
Information from “The Shaker Holy Land” by Ed Horgan, and “Shaker Lands, Shaker Hands” by S. M. Miller