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White Cliffs History – Part 1

Did you ever wonder why Daniel B. Wesson of Smith and Wesson fame decided to build a summer mansion in the little town of Northborough?

Fort Meadow Reservoir’s colorful history

Marlborough/Hudson – This fall the trees surrounding Fort Meadow Reservoir produced a fine array of bright foliage for members of the community to watch throughout the season. Although this body of water is a well noted location in the local region, its colorful history is not as familiar to everyone.

Marston Greenhouses: A family business since the late 1800s

Shrewsbury - Tucked away off Main Street just a third of a mile from Ski Ward are a series of six greenhouses at 271 Spring St. They are open to the public from Easter until the first of November selling annuals, perennials and vegetable seedlings and are known as a great source for big tomato plants. The other half of the business continues year round for commercial and wholesale customers. Bill and Marion Marston, their sons James and Joseph, daughter-in-law Hana, and grandchildren Alix, 5, and Angelina, almost 3, all work together in the family business.

The history of White Cliffs – Part 4

Northborough - Mr. Daniel B. Wesson is known to be involved with the construction of over 13 buildings during his lifetime. Considering he grew up in a humble home with 10 siblings in Worcester Massachusetts, it is interesting to see his interest in the building of large elaborate homes.

The Massachusetts Turnpike: a Westborough controversy

By Glenn Parker, Contributing Writer This is an article in an occasional series about important events or things from Westborough's past. Westborough - In 1948 it...

Shrewsbury’s Mountain View Cemetery has a rich history

Shrewsbury - Mountain View Cemetery is located on the west side of Boylston Street near Shrewsbury Center and is owned and maintained by the town of Shrewsbury.

A Westborough historian's story

Westborough - Glenn Parker is a former member of the Westborough Historical Commission and the author of "A Cornfield Meet - A history of the trolleys of Westborough." He is also the former Westborough Chief of Police, retiring from active duty in 2012 after 42 years with the department. Over the last few months, Parker has been sharing stories of important and interesting people and events from Westborough's past.

Westborough Garden Club to host holiday program Dec. 7

Westborough - The Westborough Garden Club will hold its annual holiday program Saturday, Dec 7, at the Mill Pond School, 6 Olde Hickory Path,...

The history of White Cliffs – Part 2

Northborough - Born in 1825 in Worcester, Mass., young Daniel Wesson had an interest in all things mechanical. A family letter dated 1842, when Daniel was 17, mentions that although he enjoyed hunting, he would “rather be at work in the shop on gunlocks, springs or something of the kind.” Soon afterward he was apprenticed to his brother Edwin to learn the trade of gun making. Edwin had his shop in Northborough and was a very well-known maker of target rifles.

The history of White Cliffs – Exterior architecture

Northborough - Built in the late 1880s, the White Cliffs mansion is a “Shingle Style” architectural masterpiece. The website www.wentworthstudio.com gives a very good review of this architectural style and was used as a reference for this article. This style was developed in New England between 1880 and 1900. It borrowed liberally from other Victorian styles. Architects handled proportion and details as if they were sculptural compositions. Exterior design elements include wood construction built atop first floors made of stone. Porches, balconies, and large windows encouraged an interaction with the out-of-doors. The design promoted informality and eclecticism as a clear expression of American individualism.