The ‘Dog Days’ of August through the ages
By Linda Rennie, Contributing Writer
Marlborough – Spring and summer are always so welcome here in New England after the winter months; however August can bring some unbearably hot days. The community of Marlborough not only has Fort Meadow to help bring some relief from the heat but we are located reasonable distances from other recreational areas. Over the years the population has benefited from these advantages.
In 1867, there was an excursion to Walden Pond in Concord by railroad. Three hundred and thirty-eight people from Marlborough spent the day in this area.
In 1875, a particularly hot August, there was an excursion to Martha’s Vineyard on the Boston, Clinton & Fitchburg Railroad. More than 100 people from Marlborough enjoyed this outing.
Harmony Grove in South Framingham has been a place where many Marlborough residents have enjoyed summer days. In August 1871, the Howe family held their family reunion there. In 1873, a large group from of Marlborough had the pleasure of a community picnic
at the grove.
Despite the heat of summer, Marlborough celebrated when the circus came to town. Phineas T. Barnum’s circus arrived on the northern railroad Aug. 15, 1876.
August has seen its share of thunderstorms and bad weather. There was a destructive tornado Aug. 15, 1787, in the southwest corner of Marlborough and northern part of Southborough. On Aug. 25, 1846, there was an earthquake about five minutes before 5 a.m. It jarred doors and windows. On Aug. 22, 1851, at 5 p.m., there was whirlwind hurricane and tornado. It commenced in the northeast corner of Framingham and passed through Weston and Waltham.
Today, Marlborough enjoys the summer with its summer concerts on the common. There are family activities at Memorial Beach located on Fort Meadow. The Marlborough senior programs, Boys and Girls Club, Recreation Department and local churches all offer benefits
and excursions for the community.
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