By Linda L. Rennie, Marlborough Historical Society
Marlborough – Before ‘the mall’ it was the Main Street in communities where it all “happened.”
Marlborough’s Main Street in years passed boasted of fine eating establishments, stores, banks, movie theatres, bowling alleys and other public places. Main Street in Marlborough was where it was all happening every weekend. Parents took their children to run Friday night errands and then to the movies, to dinner or other entertainment.
Marlborough’s Main Street has such a history of hosting good family times. No matter what the season or weather, Main Steet on the weekend was full of the community’s residents.
Even our ancestors enjoyed good times on Main Street. In 1872 on a cold February Saturday night a Masquerade Ball was held at the Town Hall. It was well attended by over 100 couples. In the 1840s the John Cotting Hall held regular social functions for the community. In the 1800s Grand Mililtary balls were held at the Marlboro Town Hall with military guests. Such good times were had on Main Street.
Until the late 1990s Main Street was the destination for most teens on a Friday or Saturday night. The Marlborough Boys Club held Friday night dances. The local theatres were always an attraction as well as restaurants and diners. Sometimes it was just “hanging the Main,” just walking the street, window shopping and meeting up with friends.
So where are we now? The mall? Our computers? Come along this weekend and “hang the Main” in Marlborough!