By Melanie Petrucci, Contributing Writer
Shrewsbury – If you’ve driven through the center of Shrewsbury recently you may have noticed three new historical markers as you approach its center. These signs are located on the common near Main Street (adjacent to other historical monuments), along Route 140 near the cemetery entering from the north, and from the east just before the library on Main Street.
The signs are intended to make passersby aware that they are entering the town’s Historic District, which is home to many structures that have been recognized by the Massachusetts Historical Commission and are included on the National Register of Historic Places.
According to Historic District Commission (HDC) member, Kris Gustafson, “The installation of Historic District roadside markers is a cooperative effort between the HDC and the town. It reflects the goals of the Shrewsbury Master Plan and the commission.”
The idea for the markers came about in October 2014 when the HDC met with Shrewsbury Principal Planner/Economic Development Coordinator Kristen Las, to review the Master Plan. Over the course of the next couple of years the commission had discussions and worked with Erie Landmark Company to come up with a design.
Former Town Manager Dan Morgado and John Knipe from the Highway Department were consulted for support, specific locations and installation. Then, the HDC went before the Board of Selectmen last December for their approval, which was granted. Installation took place in September.
HDC Chair John Campbell said, “The new Historic District signs look great. Thanks to the Board of Selectmen, former Town Manager Dan Morgado and the entire Historic District Commission for their support on this project. Also, a special thanks to commission member Kristine Gustafson for her efforts.”