The Kindness of Strangers

Over the last few months as we have been all hunkered down, I’ve received quite a few inquiries from residents in town asking whether or not we had information on their individual houses. The sad truth is that for most homes we don’t—not because that information doesn’t exist—but simply because individual homeowners, after researching their own properties, never thought to share that information with the Society, and until now, we never thought to ask.

So this fall the Society is launching its “Discover Your Old House” program. To make things  easier, the Society has digitized and reorganized Southborough’s Historic Homes database so you can rapidly and easily find your home in a simple alphabetical list.  This will allow you to quickly see what we already know about the history of your property. The next step is up to you! Send us your research, tell us your stories, share with us pictures of your home, and we will add them to our collections, so that the next generation of owners won’t have to begin from scratch as I did.

And to start the ball rolling, I thought I would share with you some information about my own home on Cordaville Road. I moved here in 1992 when I was young (27) and foolish, thinking I could easily take on a derelict 150-year-old house. The property had been vacant for 4 years before I moved in, caught in the late 80s real estate bust, though it had been under agreement several times, only to have the  potential buyers back out at the last minute over one issue or another. With each failed sale however, the price came down. Finally, I came along, took one look, and jumped. I had no idea what I was in for.  Not a single bathroom was fully functional (the sink worked in one, the shower in another, the toilet in the third), the heating system turned out to be shot, and during one memorable diner early on during a wind storm, one of the windows literally blew out of the wall and crashed to the floor, shattering glass all over the dining room. But as I said I was 27 and it all seemed a glorious adventure in old-house living.

The adventure begins. My soon-to-be house in 1992, complete with for sale sign

Needless to say, major renovations started immediately, (with me as part of the crew) and one day as I went  across the street to get the mail, I saw a white minivan with three people in it, advancing at a snail’s pace down the road, obviously looking at my house. Curious, I went up to them and asked if I could be of service, and rather shyly they told me that they had lived in my house a long time ago. (More than sixty years earlier, as it turned out!) I said: “Do you want to come in? It’s a wreck, but I would be happy to show it to you!”  At first they didn’t want to impose, but I insisted it would be a pleasure if they were prepared to wade through the destruction. Finally they agreed, and thus began my wonderful relationship with E. Warren Ward, his wife Edith and their daughter Beverly.

Who needs a kitchen, or a fireplace, or for that matter, heating? From left to right:  the “debris pantry”; revealing the wide pine floors in the kitchen under tile and concrete; supporting the main chimney stack which had partially collapsed. For added enjoyment and in attempt to save money, I actually lived in the house during all this, moving my esssentials from room to room as the construction caught up with me.

As it happened, I had struck the jackpot, because Mr. Ward wasn’t merely a former resident, but a retired engineer with a prodigious memory. As we toured the house, recollections flooded back (they literally hadn’t been back to see the place in 60 years) and this chance encounter turned out to be a gratifying, and rather emotional, visit for the Wards. (Mrs. Ward was particularly distressed to note that the huge old elms along what was then a gravel Cordaville Road had disappeared. “We had such lovely Sunday picnics under those trees!” she said, a bit tearily) Warren promised to write if I had any questions, and boy, did I! What follows is the first of many letters we exchanged about life on Cordaville Road at the turn of the 20th century.

Dear Michael:

First, I must apologize for my delay in writing to you about “Bonnie Hurst” and to thank you for taking the time, while you were working, to show my wife, daughter and myself around the house, and the work of restoration! It is hard to describe the feelings after quite a few years since I have stopped into the place – even after the reasonably long time when we lived there, 1913 through 1935, and to see your bringing it (or most of it) back to life! Hope the winter weather didn’t hold you up too much.

I will now ramble on about things I can recall about the place – some of possible interest and probably most just reminiscence!

In 1913, my father moved us out to Southboro from 3 Perthshire Road, in Faneuil, (Mass.) from the home he had built around 1900-01, and where all three of us “kids” were born (people used to be born at home, not in the hospital). My sister (Mable – 1903), myself (Ellwood – 1905) and my brother (Albert – 1908).

Our first approach was via the B & W Street Car Line – West on the “Turnpike” (now Route 9), to White’s Corner and then to the Cordaville Road stop – first one West of White’s Corner Junction and Marlboro and Westerly to Worcester, across Cordaville Road, Middle Road, Southville Road to Westboro, Grafton and Worcester. We were greeted by a horse and “buggy” for what I think must have been my first ride in that sort of conveyance (but it was not my last by any means).

My first recollection of “Bonnie Hurst” was the enormous American Chestnut Tree on a mound at the Southwesterly corner – in full working condition! (Like the one the “Village Smithy” stood under.)

My father was an “Interior Decorator” working as a salesman for “Irving & Casson; A.H. Davenport & Company”, with office in Copley Square, Boylston Street, and with very large manufacturing plant in Cambridge. They built nice furniture, including Church work, pews, wood carving, etc. for the “elite” of the time, so he would often go to the clients’ home and spend a week or so as their guest while they determined what furniture would be best! (Things have changed!!) As a fall-out of that, we obtained some nice old pieces of furniture which had outlived their usefulness to them and needed a new home, as they were replaced by new arrivals!

In the “Dining Room” we had a round mahogany table about 5 feet in diameter (I think) with 3 leaves about 16 inches wide – so when fully set up provided planty of dining space! This piece is presently in use by my granddaughter in Canada.

My mother’s half-sister was married to Robert Adams – of “Adams Hard­wood Floors” in Boston – and he put in hardwood floors in the “library”, or South room. I remember seeing the workmen placing the individual strips, (about l½” x 6 or 8″) with a mouthful of nails!

I know that my father built (had built) an addition to the West end kitchen area with upstairs bedrooms. When we moved there, we were without electricity and used kerosene lamps for lights, and water was supplied at the   kitchen sink by a hand operated ”pitcher pump” connected to the well outside at the rear of the house, near a couple of Russett Apple Trees – which always supplied us with an ample supply of Apple Juice and then Vinegar which we had in two casks in the “Cold Cellar” located in the basement under the “library” with a bulkhead entrance at the West side of that part of the cellar. The house furnace was coal fired at the center of the    house – so this part of the basement was a “cold cellar”, shut off from the    rest, where we stored potatoes, apples, cider vinegar, eggs in “water glass” in crockery jars. (Things have changed!)

I am not too clear as to renovations and improvements to the house, but after considerable haggling, etc. at the ”Southboro Town Meeting” (a true representative body where everyone had a chance to speak) we obtained electric power on Cordaville Road, and we had one of the painters and decorators from Irving & Casson working for a while there, commuting from Boston via B & W Street Car! He was scared to death to walk down to the Cordaville Road stop at night – and my brother and I were not very helpful, scaring him whenever we could!

My father commuted to Boston (Copley Square) everyday – taking the B &A Train from Cordaville at 7:30 a.m. – generally walking the mile(+). We had a horse, named Jerry, and a nice rubber tired “buggy” (open), and we (my brother and I or one of us, or my sister) would drive down to meet th  6:00 p.m. return Train from Boston.

With the advent of electricity, we had an electric driven pump and pressure tank for water supply, along with the fixtures – so the hand sink pump was relegated to the past!    When we moved in, the house at the kitchen ha 1 area, was connected to the barn, to avoid going outdoors, the toilet (a 3-holer) was halfway out – disposal to the rear at the North end of the ban. Soon after the advent of electricity the shed section and toilets were removed between the barn and the house, a septic tank and drain were installed and  a retaining wall built from the kitchen porch to the barn.

The barn was a complete farm operating unit. Two double rolling doors (full size for “buggy and surrey”), basement stalls for the horse “Jerry” and the   Jersey cow “Daisy” who supplied milk and butter for quite a few years.

The barn yard was located to the South of the barn (lower area with big doors) fenced in – complete with manure pile, etc.

My mother’s father lived with us and did most of the farming for a number of years before he died. We hayed the field across the street – storing the hay through a dormer type doorway in the upper section of the barn (an itchy operation we did not particularly enjoy!) Hay was fed from there through a chute to the basement and the horse and cow stalls. A retaining wall ran along the driveway and to the barn, and was planted with Lombardi Poplars, for quite a while. The South side sloped down to the barnyard fence. Southwest of the barnyard was the chicken house, pigpen, etc. – we always had chickens, eggs came in a nest (not in a cardboard box). We grew two pigs every summer and ate them during the winter! We also grew all our vegetables and had an asparagus bed – a special soil with rock salt to prevent other growth except the asparagus.

To augment our income, my mother had a canning kitchen – South of the driveway along the stone wall, known as the “Southboro Canning Kitchen” where she put up fruits and vegetables and sold them locally. (Try that nowadays!)

I found this brochure a year or two later after I met the Wards under one of the floorboards in the attic. Mabel Ward must have been a VERY busy lady!  Note too the prices: quite high for the Depression, so Mrs. Ward’s clientele must have been the wealthy Bostonians who summered in Southborough during those years.

At the North side of the house there was a sort of drive where coal was delivered and block ice for the ice chest, which had a door opening thru the wall so a block of ice could be delivered without entering the house. A metal cage housed the ice so one could not reach the other goods – we had cream from the Jersey cow that ran ½ inch thick in a 2 inch pan, and we always made our own butter in a  hand churn. My mother liked buttermilk – but no one else did!

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From the doorway on the north side my father built a grape and rose arbor, and a wall with flower beds on each side, always with flowers except in winter.

We had fruit trees galore, 3 or 4 different types of Porter Apples (early) which were grafted on to one tree, at the South side; Russetts, Baldwin, early Sheep Nose, and enormous Northern Spy trees in the Northwest area. At the West side, near a large pine tree, which was a landmark more or less, we had 2 or 3 beehives, which supplied us with honey – and the bees to make things propagate! We were good at beekeeping – my brother the best!

As to the land, there were 2 parcels, the land on Cordaville Road, and a wood lot area (not connected) located on higher land – East of the neighbors land, bounded by stone walls. (Fences of Stone!)

The house lot extended along Cordaville Road with a stone wall – and the open area at the house extended from about 20 feet+/- North of the house to a stone wall at the driveway South – which was marked at the time we lived there with a stone post (marked “Bonnie Hurst”) by which name the place was known to us all. (It was there when we arrived and was there when we left!)

It is ironic that while living in Southboro and in Framingham I did some surveying of various properties in Southboro, including most of the Deerfoot Farms properties and buildings, and the Rural Cemetery on Cordaville Road, but I never surveyed our own land! But I will describe the original lots as best I can! You probably have more accurate dimensions and areas as presently divided – but here is a sketch.

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The wood lot was east, up on the high ground, all wooded, large boulders etc., but marked at corners by drill holes in the stone walls (5 or  six acres) My brother and I used this area for roaming around – hunting red squirrel with a .22 rifle, and always equipped with Boy Scout hatchet and hunting knife! No damage was ever done – to us or anyone else! At the house lot – there were 2 “ironwood” trees and a horse chestnut tree at the North driveway – I can’t remember just when they were removed!


I attended Peters High School in Southboro – starting at the Third Grade when we moved out from Faneuil, and we were transported via horse drawn barge. (A pair of horses and a barge equipped with 6-foot diameter wheels, since the road was unpaved and the mud in the spring was quite deep.) During the winter when snow was on the road, the barge was a low hung box type – with runners.

The roadway at that time was not plowed out from snow, they put a long pole on the runner and smoothed out the snow and it packed down firm – until the thaw and mud arrived. Later on the roadway was paved and more modern plowing was in vogue – but we still had sleigh rides, etc. before the auto­ mobile age required the plowing of the roads – and we had lots of fun!

The author in 1917 in back of my (our) house shoveling snow. The label “vent” indicates where the 3-seater was. This photo also shows the original size and orientation of the barn, which was damaged in the tornado of 1953 and unfortunately not rebuilt to its original height.

Of course, bicycling was our main means of getting around, and it seemed very reasonable at that time! After High School, Class of 1922, I attended Chauncey Hall School in Copley Square, Boston for 1 year in preparation for M.I.T. to cover some courses not taught at Peters High!

Then I entered M.I.T. – commuting to Boston via B & A Railroad from Cordaville a 1 mile jaunt in a.m., after milking the cow and other early a.m. farm chores – then the last 2 years I lived in Cambridge, except on weekends. (M.I.T. Class of 1927) The day after graduating I went to work for F.A. Barbour, Son & Hydraulic Engineers in Boston, specializing in Water Supply and Waste Water Treatment. Later, upon Mr. Barbours’ death, continued the business in partnership with Mr. Haley as “Haley and Ward, Engineers” in Boston at corner of Tremont Street and Park Street – then moving out to Waltham where the firm continues as Haley and Ward – but with new officers.

In 1930 my father died and later that year I married Edith McMaster of Southboro, whose father and mother lived in Southboro for many years, and her Grandfather McMaster ran the local grocery store and whose Grandmother (Mable Lincoln) known as “Grandma Lincoln” to everyone in town – was so well known and respected and loved in Southboro that on her 80th birthday the whole town turned out with a parade, all in respect and love for her.

My father was very active in the Congregational Church in Faneuil before moving to Southboro, where he continued in the Pilgrim Congregational Church, often preaching the sermon when occasion demanded – and was active in all activities – writing and directing Christmas Cantata’s, etc. He always wore a Derby Hat, fastidious, with a “Boston Bag” (before briefcases)!

Sometime in 1926-27 the MDC installed a pumping station in Cordaville, supplied from the Hopkinton Reservoir with the discharge pipe running Northerly along Cordaville Road and crossing the road about a quarter mile South of our land – then running to the West side of our land and continuing North across Mt. Vickery Road and farm land to discharge into the MDC Reservoir West of Cordaville Road at Route 9. So far as I know this was never put into operation but it caused a bump in the road and a guy riding a motorcycle was thrown by it – and I think seriously hurt.

We were active in Southboro affairs – my wife and I belonged to the “Grange” and I in the Mason’s – where I was Master of the St. Bernard’s Lodge (now in Southville). I was a member of the Water Board when the Town took over the Fayville Water District and extended it through the town.

After a few years we found that “Bonnie Hurst” was too much for us and my mother to handle, so she sold it – and we moved to Framingha.m. There were many things about “Bonnie Hurst” that were enjoyable – some of which we did not realize until later – and it is pleasing to us to see you bringing it back to life, and I hope we can visit you again soon!

**Special Note; After visiting with you our daughter drove us up to my wife’s grandmother’s house located on the North side of Route 9, West of Deerfoot Road and just East of the junction of Flagg Road and Route 9, seemingly abandoned – and we took some pictures. This was the “Lincoln” farm, and the focus at that time, of many family gatherings – a true setting of the song “to Grandmothers house we go – the horse knows the way, etc.” As a young girl my wife visited there often after school – riding the horse drawn barge from Peters High School – a good half-hour jaunt!

Thank You and Good Luck!

Fortunately this was only the first of several long letters Warren sent me about the house, and they proved invaluable in helping me to restore some of the long lost landscape features! (A farmers stone wall once again lines the front, for instance, and next to the well—which still flows into the stream—apple trees again groan with fruit.)

For several years , the Wards would stop here for lunch on their annual trip north from their home in Florida, marveling at the slow but continual progress on the house and grounds, until Warren’s death in the mid 90s. He and his lovely wife are buried in the Rural Cemetery, and I occasionally visit them there, always and ever so grateful for the kindness of strangers.


He Who Plants Trees….

Serit arbores, quae alteri saeclo prosint
Cicero, On Old Age, quoting the Roman playwright Caecilius Statius

“He who plants trees, does so for future generations,” noted Cicero over two thousand years ago, and what could be a better time than now to invest in the future?

Lyscom - New England Apples

We’re delighted to announce that our Lyscom apple trees are finally ready for sale. Thanks to the DPW’s Karen Galligan, 15 whips were grafted three years ago from the sole remaining Lyscom apple tree at the museum, (Southborough’s own native apple, and the oldest living tree in town) . The young saplings are now 3-4′ tall and branched. We received 15 bareroot trees this spring , and they have been carefully potted up, watered and staked, and ten of them are now ready for their “forever home.” (Three will be planted at the museum, and 2 somewhere else on Town property.)

Now truth be told, this experiment was repeated 40 years ago, and of the 30 trees distributed across town, none are left, principally because they were planted in poor locations, or in areas subject to development. To avoid a similar fate, we are seeking potential candidates who have a spot in a developed neighborhood well away from the house (to avoid death by renovation); in full sun (8 or more hours of sun a day), and well away from other competing trees. Candidates must agree to protect the young trees from mice and winter damage with a bark protector, and keep the young sapling watered for the first two seasons. If all goes well, the first apples will appear in a year or two’s time. If you meet these criteria, we would love to share with you this fascinating bit of Southborough history. The “adoption fee” is $250, to benefit the Society.

On another arboreal note, in a strange twist of fate, the flagpole outside the museum cracked off at the base sometime this summer. I’m unsure exactly what happened, but it seems providential, as we were already planning to return the flag pole to the exterior of the building as reflected in our new logo, designed by our own Patti Fiore last fall. The addition of the pole restores the facade to something close to its original 1860 appearance, and was originally proposed when the museum was renovated in 2000, but never carried out. It seemed a good time then to re-evaluate the tired strip of grass where the missing flagpole once stood, and while several of us were  contemplating just this a few weeks back on a 90º day, it occurred to us that what we really needed in front of the museum was some shade, as the entire area around the Town House has lost most of its venerable trees to storm and age. Thus we would like to plant two more disease-resistant American elms (here and at another spot along St Mark’s road) to match the one planted earlier this year. We’re looking for two $275 donations to make this happen, so hopefully there will be among you those who agree that now is indeed the time to plant for future generations.

Princeton Elms in Washington DC

If you are interested either in adopting a Lyscom for your home or helping reforest the Museum quadrangle, please email us at

Historic Homes Data

Welcome to the Southborough Historic Homes database. Homes and structures built before 1925 and included on the Southborough Historical Buildings Survey are listed here. The properties are listed alphabetically by street name and number.

Disclaimer: This compilation is provided merely for the convenience of the online viewer interested in history and should not be considered complete or definitive for legal purposes. To verify that your property is in fact subject to Southborough’s Historic Demolition Delay Bylaw, please contact the Building Commissioner at the Southborough Town Hall.


Birchwood Dr.
4 Birchwood Dr | Newton, Russel – Salmon, Patrick House


Boston Rd.
1-3 Boston Rd | Newton, Francis Building

16 Boston Rd | Riley, Peter Garage

4 Boston Rd | Gould, Carrie M. House

4 Boston Rd | Gould, Carrie M. Garage

16 Boston Rd | Riley, Peter House

16 Boston Rd | Riley, Peter Tool House

20 Boston Rd | Saint Anne’s Roman Catholic Church Garage

20 Boston Rd | Saint Anne’s Roman Catholic Church Rectory

21 Boston Rd | Sawin, C. B. and Son Grist Mill and Grain Store

28 Boston Rd | Bagley, Patrick – Butler House

32 Boston Rd

38 Boston Rd | Maley, Michael R. Barn

38 Boston Rd | Maley, Michael R. House

46 Boston Rd | Whittemore, Marshall Garage

46 Boston Rd | Whittemore, Marshall House

51 Boston Rd

53 Boston Rd

224 Boston Rd | Onthank, Sullivan Fay House

260 Boston Rd | Nichols, Oren Barn (1 of 2)

260 Boston Rd | Nichols, Oren Barn (2 of 2)

260 Boston Rd | Nichols, Oren House


Breakneck Hill Rd.
17 Breakneck Hill Rd | Wilson, Gilbert D. House


Breakneck Hill Rd. (Ext.)


Bridge St.
1 Bridge St | Carr, A. House

2 Bridge St | Lewis, G. W. House

3 Bridge St | Rice, E. House

Bridge St | Bridge Street Bridge over Conrail


Brigham St.
2 Brigham St | Brigham, Dana Barn

2 Brigham St | Brigham, Dana House


Central St.
7 Central St | Fay, Robert House

7 Central St | Leahy, John Cow Barn

20 Central St | White, S. House

22 Central St | McGrath, John House

24 Central St | Newton, Curtis House

26 Central St | Wood, C. A. House and Shoe Shop

42 Central St | Fayville Village Hall

45 Central St | Stone, J. House

47 Central St | Stone, E. J. House

50 Central St | Jones, Alfred House

54 Central St | Fayville Baptist Church

60-62 Central St | Kirby House

64 Central St | Fay, S. House

66 Central St | Bigelow, E. House

1895 Central St | Newton, Francis D. House


Cherry St.
6 Cherry St | Westboro Savings Bank

7 Cherry St

8 Cherry St | Westboro Savings Bank

9 Cherry St | Westboro Savings Bank

11 Cherry St | Berry, C. K. House

11A Cherry St | Berry, Jonathan House

15 Cherry St | Berry, Jonathan House

16 Cherry St


Chestnut Hill Rd.
1 Chestnut Hill Rd | Lyscom, John – Fay, Maj. Josiah House

2 Chestnut Hill Rd | Fay, Dea. Peter – Peters, Henry H. House

2 Chestnut Hill Rd

7 Chestnut Hill Rd | Palmer, Frank H. Farm Employee Cottage

9 Chestnut Hill Rd | Choate Barn Cellar and Ramps

9 Chestnut Hill Rd | Choate, Edward C. Barn

9 Chestnut Hill Rd | Choate, Edward C. Wagon House

9 Chestnut Hill Rd | Leland, Charles Silo

9 Chestnut Hill Rd | Palmer, Frank H. Farm Employee Cottage

10 Chestnut Hill Rd | Choate, Edward Francis Barn

10 Chestnut Hill Rd | Choate, Edward Francis Horse Barn

10 Chestnut Hill Rd | Leland, Charles Garage and Equipment Shed

Chestnut Hill Rd | Chestnut Hill Road Arch Bridge


Clemmons St.
15 Clemmons St | Netwon, Jabez – Clemmons, Benjamin H. House


Clifford St.
5 Clifford St | Hildreth, Charles C. House

9 Clifford St | Harris, James T. – Light, Ambrose House

12 Clifford St | Clifford, William D. House

30 Clifford St | Howard, I. House

37 Clifford St | Cloyes, Col. Jonas House


Common St.
15 Common St | Southborough Second Meeting House

17 Common St | Southborough Town House

25 Common St | Southborough District Schoolhouse #5

Common St | Southborough Town Pond


Conrail | Boston and Albany Railroad Bridge #27.47

Conrail | NY, NH & H Railroad Bridge over Sudbury Reservoir


Cordaville Rd.
3 Cordaville Rd

5 Cordaville Rd (2)

5 Cordaville Rd

9 Cordaville Rd | Staples, Frederic Garage

9 Cordaville Rd | Staples, Frederic House

153 Cordaville Rd | Fay, Benjamin Haynes House

175 Cordaville Rd | Baldelli, Eugene Greenhouse

175 Cordaville Rd | Baldelli, Eugene House

188 Cordaville Rd | Summerman, Henry Barn

188 Cordaville Rd | William, L. House

189 Cordaville Rd | Jones, William H. House

196 Cordaville Rd | Holmes, William House

217 Cordaville Rd

231 Cordaville Rd | Hyde, Cyrus Abraham House

259 Cordaville Rd

263 Cordaville Rd

269 Cordaville Rd | Carter, N. House

271 Cordaville Rd

272 Cordaville Rd | Wilson, George O. House

275 Cordaville Rd | Saint Ann’s Church Rectory

Cordaville Rd | Boston and Albany Railroad Bridge # 27.34

Cordaville Rd | Cordaville Road Arch Bridge

Cordaville Rd | Rural Cemetery Receiving Tomb

Cordaville Rd | Rural Cemetery Stone Water Tower


Cottage St.
7 Cottage St | Cordaville Manufacturing Company Worker Housing

9 Cottage St | Cordaville Manufacturing Company Worker Housing

5 Cottage St | Cordaville Manufacturing Company Worker Housing

3 Cottage St | Cordaville Manufacturing Company Worker Housing


Cross St.
5 Cross St | Walker, Peter House

11 Cross St | Barney, Nancy Walker House


Deerfoot Rd.
14 Deerfoot Rd | Burnett, Edward Carriage House

14 Deerfoot Rd | Burnett, Edward Lodge and Stable

45 Deerfoot Rd | Burnett, Edward Dairy Farm Worker Housing

47 Deerfoot Rd | Burnett, Edward Dairy Farm Worker Housing

49 Deerfoot Rd | Burnett, Edward Dairy Farm Worker Housing

77 Deerfoot Rd | Bemis Jacob – Bickford, John L. House

77 Deerfoot Rd | Bemis, Jacob – Bickford, John L. Barn and Milkroom

77 Deerfoot Rd | Bemis, Jacob – Bickford, John L. Pasture & Meadow

77 Deerfoot Rd | Offutt, Edward – LaurEdo Shed

134 Deerfoot Rd | Hildreth, Lawrence Barn

134 Deerfoot Rd | Hildreth, Lawson – Fay, Waldo A. House

135 Deerfoot Rd | Fay, Moses Double Stone Wall

135 Deerfoot Rd | Fay, Moses House


East Main St.
7 East Main St | Salmon, John A. House

9 East Main St | Salmon, John A. House

11 East Main St | Maley, Matthew House

12 East Main St | Thompson, Samuel N. House

15 East Main St

23 East Main St | Fay, Samuel – Fitzgerald, P. House

24 East Main St | Wilson, C.B. House

25 East Main St

26 East Main St | Wilson, Charles B. House

28 East Main St | Sellers Andrew House

31 East Main St | Telfer, James House

33 East Main St | Fay, W. – Parmenter, William Barn

33 East Main St | Fay, Warren – Parmenter, William House

36 East Main St | Howes, Seth House

37 East Main St | Boland, John Garage

37 East Main St | Boland, John House

43 East Main St | Newton – Temple – Bagley Barn

43 East Main St | Newton – Temple – Bagley House


Edgewood Rd.
22 Edgewood Rd | Kiley, Arthur J. House

36 Edgewood Rd | Capen, Thomas Rand House


Faye Ct.
2 Fay Ct | Fay, S. House


Fisher Rd.
1 Fisher Rd

22 Fisher Rd | Fisher, Francis House

36 Fisher Rd | Bigelow, Andrew F. House

48 Fisher Rd | Stonedale Farm Connected Silos

48 Fisher Rd | Stonedale Farm Cow Barn

48 Fisher Rd | Stonedale Farm Milkhouse

48 Fisher Rd | Stonedale Farmhouse


Flagg Rd.
21 Flagg Rd | Flagg, Sullivan Francis House

55 Flagg Rd | Collins English Barn

55 Flagg Rd | Collins House

56 Flagg Rd | Chamberlain, John lll House

Flagg Rd | Flagg Road Arch Bridge

Flagg Rd | Wachusett Aqueduct Open Channel Lower Control Dam


Foley Dr.
25 Foley Dr


Framingham Rd.
89 Framingham Rd | Emery, Moses – Coffin, Jennie M. House

89 Framingham Rd

103 Framingham Rd | Fay, J. W. House

114 Framingham Rd | Walker, Peter – Donahue, John Barn

116 Framingham Rd | Walker, Peter – Donahue, John House

117 Framingham Rd | Fay Cow Barn

117 Framingham Rd | Fay, Herman – Murphy, Dennis House

Framingham Rd | Marlborough Brook Filter Beds


Gilmore Rd.
15 Gilmore Rd | Mathews, John Jr. House

19 Gilmore Rd | Burnett, Charles Ripley – Watner, David House


Granuaille Rd
2 Granuaile Rd

26 Granuaile Rd | Brigham, Baker and William House

26 Granuaile Rd | Brigham, William Baker Barn

26 Granuaile Rd | Wheeler, Horace Greenhouse


Grove St.
7 Grove St | Frederick, J. A. House

9 Grove St


High St.
26 High St | Fay, Nathaniel W. House


Highland St.
3 Highland St | Cordaville Woolen Company Worker Housing

21 Highland St | South Union School (1 of 2)

21 Highland St | South Union School (2 of 2)

28 Highland St | Southborough Grammar School

32 Highland St | Sullivan, J. House

33 Highland St | Harrington, P. House

35 Highland St | Higgins, J. House

43 Highland St

45 Highland St | Hubbard, J. House

47 Highland St | Jones, S. R. House


Jericho Hill Rd.
25 Jericho Hill Rd | Cowern, John Poultry House

25 Jericho Hill Rd | Fay, Dea. Jonas Barn

25 Jericho Hill Rd | Fay, Dea. Jonas House

30 Jericho Hill Rd | Fay, Lovett – Hayden, Francis W. House

30 Jericho Hill Rd | Hayden, Francis W. Barn

30 Jericho Hill Rd | Hayden, Francis W. Milk Room

30 Jericho Hill Rd | Roach, Martin Vehicle Shed


Latisquama Rd.
4 Latisquama Rd | Works, George L. – Bacon, Dr. J. Lowell House (1 of 2)

4 Latisquama Rd | Works, George L. – Bacon, Dr. J. Lowell House (2 of 2)

5 Latisquama Rd (1 of 2)

5 Latisquama Rd (2 of 2)

6 Latisquama Rd | Ball, Sullivan T. Barn (1 of 2)

6 Latisquama Rd | Ball, Sullivan T. Barn (2 of 2)

7 Latisquama Rd (1 of 2)

7 Latisquama Rd (2 of 2)

8 Latisquama Rd | Ball, Sullivan T. House (1 of 2)

8 Latisquama Rd | Ball, Sullivan T. House (2 of 2)

9 Latisquama Rd | Collins, Hiram G. House (1 of 2)

9 Latisquama Rd | Collins, Hiram G. House (2 of 2)

10 Latisquama Rd | Sawin, Harry House (1 of 2)

10 Latisquama Rd | Sawin, Harry House (2 of 2)

11 Latisquama Rd | Dermon, William House (1 of 2)

11 Latisquama Rd | Dermon, William House (2 of 2)

12 Latisquama Rd | DeMone, James House (1 of 2)

12 Latisquama Rd | DeMone, James House (2 of 2)

13 Latisquama Rd | McMaster, Harry House (1 of 2)

13 Latisquama Rd | McMaster, Harry House (2 of 2)

14 Latisquama Rd | Young, Harry House (1 of 2)

14 Latisquama Rd | Young, Harry House (2 of 2)

15 Latisquama Rd (1 of 2)

15 Latisquama Rd (2 of 2)

18 Latisquama Rd | Haviland, Ferris Garage (1 of 2)

18 Latisquama Rd | Haviland, Ferris Garage (2 of 2)

18 Latisquama Rd | Haviland, Ferris H. House (1 of 2)

18 Latisquama Rd | Haviland, Ferris H. House (2 of 2)

25 Latisquama Rd | Gardner, George Peabody – Colleary, John House

26 Latisquama Rd | Walker, Peter – Daughn, Daniel House

28 Latisquama Rd

32 Latisquama Rd


Learned St.
10 Learned St | Nichols, J. C. House

14 Learned St | Newton, F. D. House

20 Learned St | Fairbanks, J. House


Lyman St.
5 Lyman St

9 Lyman St

15 Lyman St | Newton, Charles II House

17 Lyman St | Newton, Charles II House


Lynnbrook Rd.
8 Lynbrook Rd | Howe, Israel Golden House

26 Lynbrook Rd | Johnson, Capt. Elisha Jr. Barn

26 Lynbrook Rd | Johnson, Capt. Elisha Jr. House

35 Lynbrook Rd | Johnson, Daniel Bemis Barn   DEMOLISHED

35 Lynbrook Rd | Johnson, Isaac House   DEMOLISHED

35 Lynbrook Rd | Lynbrook Farm Greenhouse  DEMOLISHED

49 Lynbrook Rd | Johnson, John – Johnson, Dea. Webster House

Lynbrook Rd | Lynbrook Road Arch Bridge


Main St.
1 Main St | Flagg – Buck, C. House

3 Main St (1 of 2)

3 Main St (2 of 2)

4 Main St | Ward’s Variety Store (1 of 2)

4 Main St | Ward’s Variety Store (2 of 2)

6 Main St | Walker, Francis W. House

8 Main St | Barney, George F. – Marsh, Alexander Jr. House

10 Main St | Buck, William Henry – Flagg, Russell House

12 Main St (1 of 2)

12 Main St (2 of 2)

14 Main St | Young, Henry General Store

15 Main St | Newton, Moses House

16 Main St | Parker, Harriet – Parker, Charles S. House

17 Main St | Newton, Samuel Barn (1 of 2)

17 Main St | Newton, Samuel Barn (2 of 2)

17 Main St | Newton, Samuel House

18 Main St | Southborough Congregational Church Parsonage

20 Main St | Pilgrim Congregational Church Parsonage Barn (1 of 2)

20 Main St | Pilgrim Congregational Church Parsonage Barn (2 of 2)

22 Main St | Pilgrim Congregational Church Parsonage

24 Main St | Cotton, John Thomas House

25 Main St | Southborough Public Library

26 Main St | Winchester Barn (1 of 2)

26 Main St | Winchester Barn (2 of 2)

26 Main St | Winchester House

27 Main St | Este, Franklin – Cook, Hiram E. House (1 of 3)

27 Main St | Este, Franklin – Cook, Hiram E. House (2 of 3)

27 Main St | Este, Franklin – Cook, Hiram E. House (3 of 3)

27 Main St | Saint Mark’s Episcopal Church

28 Main St | White, William A. House

31 Main St | Fay, Dea. Peter House

33 Main St | Parker, Dea. Gabriel House – Unitarian Parsonage

34 Main St | Fairbanks, Charles L. House

36 Main St | Clark, William – Burnett, Rev. Waldo House

36 Main St | Clark, William Barn (1 of 2)

36 Main St | Clark, William Barn (2 of 2)

40 Main St | Nichols, De Clinton House

42 Main St | Jennison, George – Moore, Artemas House

43 Main St | Choate, Charles Francis Jr. Horse Stables

43 Main St | Choate, Charles Francis Jr. House

43 Main St | Choate, Charles Francis Jr. Rickenbaker Car Garage

44 Main St | Newton, L. W. Barn (1 of 3)

44 Main St | Newton, L. W. Barn (2 of 3)

44 Main St | Newton, L. W. Barn (3 of 3)

44 Main St | Newton, L. W. House

46 Main St | McMaster, H. House – Webster, Dr. House and Office

50 Main St | Fay School – Old Gymnasium (1 of 3)

50 Main St | Fay School – Old Gymnasium (2 of 3)

50 Main St | Fay School – Old Gymnasium (3 of 3)

50 Main St | Greenwood – Winchester House

52 Main St | Hyde, Curtis House

54 Main St | Hyde, Solomon House

55 Main St | Appleton, Samuel II – Bigelow, Rev. Andrew House

56 Main St | Kidders Servants House (1 of 2)

56 Main St | Kidders Servants House (2 of 2)

59 Main St | Reed, William B. House

66 Main St | Kidder, Charles Archibald House

66 Main St | Kidder, Charles Archibald Pergola

84 Main St | Burnett, Joseph Carriage House – Stable

84 Main St | Burnett, Joseph House

84 Main St | Burnett, Joseph Stone Shop

84 Main St | Burnett, Joseph Summerhouse

85 Main St | Fay, William Augustus House

94 Main St | Parker, Jedidiah House

96 Main St | Gardner, George Peabody Stable

116 Main St | Burnett, John Torrey House

130 Main St | Leland, Charles Garage

130 Main St | Leland, Charles House

144 Main St | Choate Barn

Main St | Southborough Town Common


Maple St.
4 Maple St | Eustis, S. House

10 Maple St | Carrigan, J. House

12 Maple St | Cantello, George House


Marlborough Rd.
25 Marlborough Rd | Saint Mark’s Chapel

25 Marlborough Rd | Saint Mark’s School – Armour Cage

25 Marlborough Rd | Saint Mark’s School – Barber, William Cottage

25 Marlborough Rd | Saint Mark’s School – Lawrence and Belmont Fields

25 Marlborough Rd | Saint Mark’s School – Peck Gymnasium

25 Marlborough Rd | Saint Mark’s School – Quadrangle

25 Marlborough Rd | Saint Mark’s School – Thieriot Hall

25 Marlborough Rd | Saint Mark’s School Main Building and Cloister

25 Marlborough Rd | Saint Mark’s School Power and Heating Plant

25 Marlborough Rd | Saint Mark’s School Sleeping Rooms – Pine Cottage

37 Marlborough Rd | Saint Mark’s School Master’s House

45 Marlborough Rd | Saint Mark’s School Master’s House

76 Marlborough Rd

77 Marlborough Rd | Kilgariff, John House

85 Marlborough Rd

101 Marlborough Rd | Newton, Adoniram J. House

103 Marlborough Rd | Barney, Hiram House

120 Marlborough Rd

124 Marlborough Rd

144 Marlborough Rd | Dodge, F. Leroy House

150 Marlborough Rd | Dodge, G. Frank House

152 Marlborough Rd

156 Marlborough Rd | Johnson, Addison House

158 Marlborough Rd

Marlborough Rd | Marlborough Road Bridge over Conrail

Marlborough Rd | Saint Mark’s School Bath House


Meadow Lane
2 Meadow Ln

18 Meadow Ln | Walla, Peter Barn

22 Meadow Ln


Middle Rd.
2 Middle Rd | Collins, Dennis Barn – Workshop

2 Middle Rd | Nichols, Dennis C. – Collins House

4 Middle Rd | Holland, James House

6 Middle Rd | Baker, Frederick L. Garage

6 Middle Rd | Baker, Frederick L. House

8 Middle Rd

10 Middle Rd

12 Middle Rd | Muchmore, William House

19 Middle Rd | Goodnow, Jonas – Winchester, H. H. House

118 Middle Rd | Fay, Samuel Fisher House

123 Middle Rd | Flagg, Elisha House

123 Middle Rd | Hutt, Albert Edgar Barn

136 Middle Rd | Flagg, Betsey H. House

136 Middle Rd | Flagg, George W. Shoe Shop Foundations

145 Middle Rd | Hyde, Abraham Barn

145 Middle Rd | Hyde, Abraham House

153 Middle Rd | Bowers, C. House

153 Middle Rd | DeFrees, William H. Poultry House

164 Middle Rd | Newton, Charles H. House

211 Middle Rd | Ward, Lyman House

Middle Rd | Middle Road Arch Bridge

Middle Rd | Sudbury Reservoir Circular Dam


Middle St.
18 Middle St | Neary, John Barn

18 Middle St | Neary, John House


Newton St.
5 Newton St | Howes, Seth H. House

6 Newton St

7 Newton St | Burke, James J. House

8 Newton St | Williams, Caleb Barn

10 Newton St | Donahue, Patrick House

11 Newton St | Mattioli, Ercole House

14 Newton St | Williams, Caleb House

15 Newton St | Deerfoot Rental House

17 Newton St

21 Newton St

70 Newton St

71 Newton St

76 Newton St

78 Newton St

88 Newton St

92 Newton St

94 Newton St

98 Newton St

100 Newton St

102 Newton St


North St.
4 North St | Murphy, J. House


Northborough Rd.
67 Northborough Rd | Johnson, James B. Milk House

67 Northborough Rd | Williams, James – Johnson, James B. Cown Barn

67 Northborough Rd | Williams, James – Johnson, James B. Granary

67 Northborough Rd | Williams, James – Johnson, James B. Horse Barn

67 Northborough Rd | Williams, James – Johnson, James B. House

67 Northborough Rd | Williams, James – Johnson, James B. Tool Room

120 Northborough Rd | Byard, John L. Cow Barn

120 Northborough Rd | Byard, John L. House

120 Northborough Rd | Byard, John L. Pasture and Hay Meadow

Northborough Rd | Northborough Road Arch Bridge #1

Northborough Rd | Northborough Road Arch Bridge #2


Oak Hill Rd.
9 Oak Hill Rd | Flagg, Dana House

11 Oak Hill Rd | Flagg, Dana House

15 Oak Hill Rd | Whiting, M. House

17 Oak Hill Rd | Bemis House

18 Oak Hill Rd

19 Oak Hill Rd | Temple J. House

22 Oak Hill Rd | Oak Hill Schoolhouse

25 Oak Hill Rd

26 Oak Hill Rd | Lowell, H. Austin Barn

26 Oak Hill Rd | Lowell, H. Austin House

29 Oak Hill Rd

32 Oak Hill Rd | Ring, H. P. House

38 Oak Hill Rd | Newton, L. W. House

44 Oak Hill Rd

49 Oak Hill Rd | Newton, L. A. House

59 Oak Hill Rd | Lindstrom, Dr. Carl Garage

59 Oak Hill Rd | Lindstrom, Dr. Carl House

65 Oak Hill Rd | Frail, W. N. Barn

65 Oak Hill Rd | Frail, W. N. House

84 Oak Hill Rd | Pierce, H. P. House


Old Boston Rd.
Old Boston Rd | Old Boston Road Arch Bridge


Oregon Rd.
14 Oregon Rd | Newton, Ephraim – Stow, Benjamin House

14 Oregon Rd | Whiting – Nottage Barn

42 Oregon Rd | Wood, Lambert House

45-47 Oregon Rd | Wood, Abigail – Mitchell, Michael House


Park St.
2 Park St | Watkins, Charles House

3 Park St

5 Park St | Ted’s Garage

25 Park St


Parker St.
6 Parker St | Cordaville Manufacturing Company Worker Housing

8 Parker St | Cordaville Manufacturing Company Worker Housing

10 Parker St | Cordaville Manufacturing Company Worker Housing

14 Parker St | Hammond, J. House


Parkerville Rd.
201 Parkerville Rd | Ward, Ephriam Jr. Barn

201 Parkerville Rd | Ward, Ephriam Jr. House

201 Parkerville Rd | Ward, Wilbur A. Poultry House

205 Parkerville Rd | Ward, Ephriam House

223 Parkerville Rd | Doucett, P. House

229 Parkerville Rd | Burdett, J. House

235 Parkerville Rd | Brigham, D. House

236 Parkerville Rd | Southville Primary School

240 Parkerville Rd | Golden, S. House

246 Parkerville Rd | Prentiss, Benjamin F. – Boyd, Joseph Barn

246 Parkerville Rd | Prentiss, Benjamin F. – Boyd, Joseph House

247 Parkerville Rd | Jones, S. R. House

249 Parkerville Rd | Hurd, J. House

250 Parkerville Rd | Newton, H. House

254 Parkerville Rd | Breck, G. House

256 Parkerville Rd | Pellican, T. House

258 Parkerville Rd | Lindsay, Dr. House

260 Parkerville Rd | Southville Train Depot

260 Parkerville Rd

Parkerville Rd | Boston and Worcester Street Railway Abutments

Parkerville Rd | Parkerville Road Arch Bridge


Pearl St.
3 Pearl St | Sullivan House

5 Pearl St | Powers House

6 Pearl St | O’Brien House

7 Pearl St | Sullivan, A. House


Pine Hill Rd.
58 Pine Hill Rd

99 Pine Hill Rd | Howe, Ashbel House


Pleasant St.
3 Pleasant St

7 Pleasant St | Perrini House

9 Pleasant St | Perrini House

11 Pleasant St | Cappeletti, J. House

12 Pleasant St | Geraway, H. House

14 Pleasant St | Powell, W. F. House

16 Pleasant St | Mitchell, L. House


Prentiss St.
1 Prentiss St | Prentice, B. F. House

3 Prentiss St | Bird, F. House

5 Prentiss St | Underwood House

6 Prentiss St | Prentice, B. F. House

7 Prentiss St | King, E. House


Richards Rd.
19 Richards Rd | Simmonds, Silas C. House

19 Richards Rd | Watkins, David Dairy Barn

21 Richards Rd | Works, Nathan House

43 Richards Rd | Richards, Stowell House


Rt. 30
Rt 30 | Sudbury Dam Gatehouse

Rt 30 | Sudbury Dam Storehouse

Rt 30 | Sudbury Dam

Rt 30 | Weston Aqueduct Head Chamber


Sadie Hutt Ln.
5 Sadie Hutt Ln | Bradley, J. D. C. House (1 of 2)

5 Sadie Hutt Ln | Bradley, J. D. C. House (2 of 2)


School St.
12 School St | Taylor, Emory House

14 School St | Taylor, Emory House

33 School St | Saint Mark’s School Garage

33 School St | Saint Mark’s School Stable

49 School St | Hefferan Patrick House

51 School St | Bertonazzi, Louis J. House


Sears Rd.
1 Sears Rd | Sears, Joshua Montgomery House

4 Sears Rd | Sears, J. Montgomery Farm Managers House

50 Sears Rd | Johnson, Nathan L. House

50 Sears Rd | Sears, J. Montgomery Carriage House and Stable

50 Sears Rd | Sears, J. Montgomery Cow Barn

50 Sears Rd | Sears, J. Montgomery Equipment Shed – Sheep Barn

50 Sears Rd | Sears, J. Montgomery Wagon and Tractor Shed

51 Sears Rd | Fay, Eber S. House

51 Sears Rd | Sears, J. Montgomery Barn

51 Sears Rd | Sears, J. Montgomery Storehouse – Shed

52 Sears Rd | Sears, J. Montgomery Employee House


Southville Rd.
65 Southville Rd | Stevens, J. M. House

67 Southville Rd | Este, N. House

69 Southville Rd | Hartley, E. House

71 Southville Rd | Jeffers, E. House

73 Southville Rd | Bacon, C. W. House

75 Southville Rd

81 Southville Rd | Wood, C. House

91 Southville Rd | Southborough Jail

95 Southville Rd

96 Southville Rd

98 Southville Rd | Southborough Poor Farm

100 Southville Rd | Dorr House

103 Southville Rd | Manning, T. House

105 Southville Rd | Saint Matthew’s Roman Catholic Church

110 Southville Rd | Fitzgeralds Store – Cordaville Company Store

114 Southville Rd

116 Southville Rd | Kelly, J. Store

131 Southville Rd | Murray, T. House

133 Southville Rd | Rockwood House

135 Southville Rd | Southborough Federated Church Parsonage

141 Southville Rd | Winchester, J. House

147 Southville Rd | Libby, William House

151 Southville Rd | Marvey House

153 Southville Rd | Brown, Oakes P. House

156 Southville Rd | Connell House

160 Southville Rd

162 Southville Rd | O’Brien House

166 Southville Rd | Wright, F. House

167 Southville Rd | Daniels, J. House

173 Southville Rd | Tyler House

184 Southville Rd | McFarland House

188 Southville Rd | Boyd, Thomas – Claflin, Elliot House

188 Southville Rd | Powers, Michael J. II Wellhouse

190 Southville Rd | Rice, D. House

192 Southville Rd | Rice, D. House

194 Southville Rd

196 Southville Rd | Boyd, J. House

200 Southville Rd | Newton, H. House

206 Southville Rd | Cronin, T. House

Southville Rd | Southborough Congregational Church

Southville Rd | Southborough Methodist Church


Stowe Rd.
16 Stowe Rd | Cain, Robert L. House


Sudbury Reservoir
Sudbury Reservoir | Sudbury Reservoir


Turnpike Rd.
63 Turnpike Rd | Brewer, D. H. House

69 Turnpike Rd | Smith, Capt. Isaac House

70 Turnpike Rd | Brewer, D. H. House

72-74 Turnpike Rd | Newton, S. B. Two-Family House

75 Turnpike Rd | Woodbury’s Tavern

77 Turnpike Rd | Fay, Dexter House

83 Turnpike Rd | Lawrence, Tom House

84 Turnpike Rd | Damon, W. House

87 Turnpike Rd

88 Turnpike Rd | Watson, Rev. Woodman H. House

97 Turnpike Rd | Newton, Frank D. House

124 Turnpike Rd | Mauro, Pasqual Dairy Barn and Milk House

124 Turnpike Rd | Mauro, Pasqual House

361 Turnpike Rd | Chamberlain, Willard House


Upland Rd.
4 Upland Rd | Farnum, Joseph E. – Lamphrey, Mary House

6 Upland Rd | Schnare, Robert W. House

8 Upland Rd | Howes, Robert H. House


Valade Ct.
2 Valade Ct | Frank, C. House

3 Valade Ct | Valard, A. House


Valley Rd.
14 Valley Rd | Brewer, Peter House


Wachusett Aqueduct
Wachusett Aqueduct | Wachusett Aqueduct Open Channel Upper Control Dam

Wachusett Aqueduct | Wachusett Aqueduct


Walker St.
2 Walker St

8 Walker St

12 Walker St


Ward Rd.
5 Ward Rd | Brigham, Samuel House

6 Ward Rd

8 Ward Rd

10 Ward Rd | Buck, John W. House

14 Ward Rd | Bigelow, Dana Outbuilding

14 Ward Rd | Bigelow, Daniel House

17 Ward Rd

20 Ward Rd | Baker, Francis A. Barn

20 Ward Rd | Baker, Francis A. House


Weston Aqueduct
Weston Aqueduct | Weston Aqueduct Section 1 Bridge

Weston Aqueduct | Weston Aqueduct


White Bagley Rd.
5 White Bagley Rd | McCarthy, James House

9 White Bagley Rd | Lavelle, Michael House

19 White Bagley Rd | Bagley, Dennis House

25 White Bagley Rd | Spella, Dennis House

31 White Bagley Rd | Bagley, Thomas House

White Bagley Rd | White Bagley Road Arch Bridge


Winchester St.
4 Winchester St

6 Winchester St | Barney, William E. House

7 Winchester St | Bagley, Thomas House

9 Winchester St

12 Winchester St | Gralton, L. House


Winter St.
2 Winter St | Stone, J. House

6 Winter St | Newton, F. D. House

8 Winter St

9 Winter St | Gilmore, A. House


Wood St.
1 Wood St | Flint, J. House

2 Wood St | Noonan, William House

3 Wood St | Fay, S. House

4 Wood St | Tyler, N. H. House

5 Wood St | Fay, S. House

6 Wood St | Wood, W. L. House

7 Wood St | King, E. House


Woodland Rd.
2 Woodland Rd | Collins, L. T. Barn

9 Woodland Rd | Green House

21 Woodland Rd | Baldwin, C. House

29 Woodland Rd | Hillside School for the Feeble Minded Youth

93-97 Woodland Rd | Brooks, Timothy Barn

93-97 Woodland Rd | Brooks, Timothy Chicken Coop

93-97 Woodland Rd | Brooks, Timothy House

93-97 Woodland Rd | Brooks, Timothy Long Shed

93-97 Woodland Rd | Childs, Elisha House

98 Woodland Rd | Whiting, Mason House

137 Woodland Rd | Follensby, Francis A. House

140 Woodland Rd | Follensby, Lyman House

160 Woodland Rd | Cunneen, Thomas House

197 Woodland Rd | Mixer, R. House

204 Woodland Rd


Help Document These Difficult Times: A Photographic Portrait of Southborough

In the 1918 Spanish flu epidemic, Fayville Hall and the surrounding land were turned into a temporary field hospital.

As you can see from this photo of Fayville Hall from the 1918, pandemics are nothing new. Southborough has been struck by waves of disease, from cholera to scarlet fever. (This last was thought to be born by dogs, and resulted in the strict licensing and fee structure still in place today.)

Today, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected all of us in Southborough in many different ways and each of us is an eyewitness to this important time in our history. The Southborough Historical Society hopes to accurately preserve this moment in time by launching “Coronavirus Pandemic: A Photographic Portrait of Southborough.”

The goal is to preserve images of our daily lives during this crisis and to provide future historians, researchers and students with information on life in our community during this pandemic and how it affected our daily lives.

And, we need everyone’s help. SHS is seeking photographs that demonstrate the impact of coronavirus and COVID-19 on Southborough and its residents.

Are you keeping a COVID-19 journal? Have you taken a porch portrait of your family? Do you work on the front lines of the pandemic response or are deemed an essential worker? In what ways have you seen our community unite? Have you been personally affected by the illness or repercussions of the economic fallout? How does homeschooling and social distancing affect your children and their lives? Have you seen empty store shelves and other images symbolic of how things have changed? We encourage you to share photographs of pandemic experiences in the context of your daily lives.

It is a time when face masks, closed business, and working from home has become our new normal. For many of us, this may be the most historical moment of our lives and we need to preserve and archive this for posterity. By recording how the virus has changed our daily life, we will ensure the stories are available to provide valuable insight for future generations. Each contribution will help ensure evidence of this time for future research, reference and exhibits.

Please provide as many photographs as you feel are important. If you would prefer to send images directly through email, or have any questions, concerns, or thoughts about the project, please send an email to

The Southborough Historical Society is dedicated to discovering and safekeeping the stories of our community. Archived within our collections and entrusted to our care are stories of family, growth and perseverance. As we navigate through these difficult times, we must continue to collect and ensure that these experiences in our community are preserved for later generations.

Thank you for your contribution and your help in building history.


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All submissions will be moderated before being made available publicly. The Southborough Historical Society reserves the right to not accept a submission should it not fit the theme and intent of the Coronavirus Pandemic: A Portrait of Southborough project, per the discretion of SHS staff.

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Ex Tenebris, Lux

Dear Friends,

I thought perhaps you would like a bit of good news for a change.

Just before the COVID crisis hit, the Board of the Southborough Historical Society purchased and donated to the town a 12′ tall Princeton elm. It was planted in the field beside the museum (with the kind assistance of DPW head Karen Galligan) to replace one of the huge sugar maples that recently failed. This new variety has been field tested over the last few decades and has proven resistant to the Dutch elm disease.  With any luck,  this tree will shortly grow into a sizable specimen, giving shade to grateful future generations. To our knowledge, it is the first new elm planted along the roadways of Southborough in half a century.

And also, we are delighted to announce that the first crop of our new Lyscom apple trees will be available for sale shortly. (You’ll perhaps remember that the Lyscom originated here in the 1730s) Again, thanks to Karen, grafts from the sole surviving tree were taken several years ago, and 15 or so are now ready to find new homes. More on that soon.

So from darkness, light! Be well, everyone!

The Intrepid Colonel Fay Takes a Trip to St. Louis, Autumn 1836, Part I

The first page of Fay’s account. The letter spans 12 pages written over the period of about a week on the return journey.

Among the Fay correspondence the Society is publishing for the first time ever this winter, we found a remarkable letter that chronicles the almost superhuman effort it took to travel by land before the railroad system linked the continent in the 1860s and 70s.  Although not stated in the account, it seems fairly clear that Fay took on this arduous 1836 journey from Boston to St. Louis to act as a business agent, looking for profitable investment opportunities for wealthy Boston clients.

In this first installment, our hero Colonel Francis B. Fay, late of Southborough, finds himself ill-housed, ill-used, battered about, and eventually, submerged in Lake Erie….

On board the steamboat Dayton, on the Ohio River between Mariette Ohio and Pittsburgh

November 2nd 1836

Dear Lori,

The time passing rather tedious—being penned up in a steamboat for 8 or 10 days without any relief, I made up my mind to give you a little history of my journey and adventures, although it is not very easy to write on a steamboat constantly shaking and trembling under the tremendous power of the engine and you may find some difficulty in deciphering all the [illegible} of the scroll.

I left Boston, as you know, September 12 at 1 PM and arrived at Providence at 4. [Presumably by the brand-new Boston and Providence Railroad, just finished the year before]. Went on board steamboat Massachusetts, had fog all the way through the [Long Island] sound which retarded out passage, arrived at New York the 13th at 7 AM, too late for the morning boat up the North [Hudson] River. Stayed in New York till five PM, took a boat for Albany and arrived there 6 AM; left there and arrived at Utica at 1 PM. 482 miles in 48 hours from home, having stopped 8 hours in Utica and 2 in Albany.

[This was breath-taking speed for 1836 and would have been a thing of wonder. Compare this to daily sums later in the letter.]

I there took a canal boat for Syracuse—61 miles where we arrived at 6 AM on the 15th. We there left the canal and took stage for Canandaigua passing through Auburn, Waterloo, and Geneva, and other beautiful towns to arrive at Canandaigua. Quarreled the stage agent for imposition, [unclear what this means, though presumably a disagreement about the fare] left that route and took the stage for Rochester and from there took stage for Buffalo through Lenox and Batavia, the last notorious for the scene of the Morgan abduction.

The route taken westbound by Francis Fay. Because there was as yet no train connection between Boston and Albany, the fastest route was by train and boat via Providence and New York. Incidentally, this poor connection to the interior, which would last another 20 years, was one of the principal reasons New York gained prominence over Boston.

[Fay’s reference to the “Morgan abduction” refers to one William Morgan,  a resident of Batavia, New York, whose disappearance and presumed murder in 1826 ignited a powerful movement against the Freemasons, a fraternal society that had become influential in the United States. After Morgan announced his intention to publish a book exposing Freemasonry’s secrets, he was arrested on trumped-up charges. He disappeared soon after, and was believed to have been kidnapped and killed by Masons from western New York. The allegations surrounding Morgan’s disappearance and presumed death sparked a public outcry.]

An early Great Lakes steamboat. Travel by steamboat was fraught with danger: Poor (or no) maps of underwater hazards, no indoor sanitation, and engine machinery that was liable to explode.

Arrived at Buffalo on Saturday noon Sept 17th and remained there over Sunday and Monday. At 10 AM started in the steamboat General Porter up Lake Erie. Went for 45 miles, [before we] struck a rock near Dunkirk and stove a hole through her bottom, ran her into the harbor where she sank a few feet from the wharf with 3 feet of water in her cabin, and 700 passengers on board, men, women and children of all sorts of sizes, ages, conditions making one little world by ourselves. What may seem incredible too is that boats leave daily from Buffalo with an average of 700 or 800 passengers, mostly immigrants moving to the west. Here we were—700 of us—shipwrecked in a little village of some 30 to 50 houses. Our company consisted of 7 men on shore while the others got out our baggage near up the wharf. [We] chartered a wagon to carry us 3 miles to the stage road at Fredonia. We got there and chartered the only stage there for $20 to take us to Erie PA—50 miles. Before our stage was ready, swarms of passengers arrived from the boat wanting conveyance but they arrived “just in season to be too late.” We went on to Erie and from there by stage to Cleveland Ohio, about 110 miles. We there got on board the steamboat Thomas Jefferson and arrived at Detroit Michigan in about 24 hours. We there breakfasted and took another boat, came back down the Detroit River across the westerly shore of Lake Erie to Toledo at the mouth of the Maumee River. Again took a steamboat and went 8 miles up the Maumee to Perrysburg, the head of navigation on that river. This was Friday evening.

On Saturday we purchased horses, saddles, bridles, portmanteaus, leggings etc and on Sunday at 2 PM commenced our tour up the Maumee River through the woods on horseback to Fort Defiance at the conjunction of the St. Josephs River and the Auglaize River, whose junction forms the Maumee. We made 18 miles and put up at a house (a tavern it could not be called) kept by a man, half-French, half-Indian. We had a comical supper and were put to bed in a chamber— 8 beds, or more properly, substitutes for beds, where we stowed away, 18 of us men women and children, windows with more than half the glass out, and we had to put in our hats and coats to fill in the gaps. The next day we reached Ft. Defiance after a 38 miles ride through mud & ravines almost perpendicular—down and up through mud sloughs, fording rivers, etc. etc.

Fort Defiance

There is a little village at Defiance and a tolerable tavern where we fared comfortably. Fort Defiance is well named, it’s situation is most commanding being directly up the point where the two rivers meet, with the guns so arranged as to point down the Maumee and up the St. Joseph and Auglaize, with a high embankement and a deep ditch in the rear from river to river. I think troops stationed there might well defy an enemy. The village is situated directly in the rear of the fort and is very pleasant.

In leaving Ft. Defiance we commenced a journey of 50 miles through the forest where there was no road but for a path for man and horse through swamps [and] deep ravines. We would descend 50-75 feet almost perpendicular, the horses sometimes sliding from top to bottom unable to keep a foothold. At the bottom there were mud sloughs and water up to our horses bellies and immediately afterwards we would ascend almost perpendicular, obliged to hold onto the horses’ manes and let our horse keep prone step to step and with the greatest effort reach the top. The first night we put up at a log cabin of two rooms (about half a dozen of which were all the inhabitants there were between Ft Defiance and Ft Wayne—50 miles)


The Ohio and Indiana portions of Fay’s journey.

We had a supper I believe such as never before ate—meat that had been cooked some 8 or 10 times and fish which was not cooked without salt or butter. We were sent to bed under the roof (if roof it might be called) by a flight of stairs outside with no door and the logs so far apart that it appeared more of a cob house than a dwelling, stowed in with corn, oats, boxes, herbs, etc with 4 (what were called) beds. We stayed there till morning during a raging[?] night and had the same provision for breakfast and it was again set before 5 others travelers who came up just as we left.

The next day we passed Fort Wayne, a small little town, and commenced descending the Wabash River on a tow path of the Wabash Canal. That night we put up at a log house and had a splendid entertainment [the word here means “food and lodging”] as good as could be had in Boston. The next night we put up at another log house and fared comfortably. The owner was formerly from Massachusetts.

The next day we came to Logansport, a fine town in Indiana at the junction of the Wabash and Eel Rivers. In the meantime, I saw plenty of Indians and among them the head chief of the Miami Tribe who dresses and appears like a gentleman. He is said to be the richest man in Indiana, supposed to be worth $400,000. There was a collection of 11,000 Indians near Logansport to receive their pensions from government. But a quarrel ensued between them, and the whites and the militia [were] call out and two or three [Indians] killed before order was restored. We saw the troops just returning as we entered Logansport.

We left Logansport in the afternoon and went 6 miles to a small tavern on the banks of the Wabash and here my scene of troubles began….




An Election Year Message for 2020 from Southborough, 1830

Francis B. Fay while a member of Congress, 1852

Happy New Year, History Friends!

This winter we will be researching and digitizing the unpublished papers of Francis B. Fay in our collection, another SHS first.

This name may be familiar to you as the founder of our library (the second oldest public library in the nation, btw) but the industrious Col. Fay did more than that single good deed. Born at Southborough in 1793, this remarkable self-made man with little formal education was Southborough Postmaster, Colonel of the Militia, a drover, and a successful merchant, roughly in that order. Seeing an opportunity in what was then the entirely undeveloped area of Chelsea, he acquired the ferry rights from Boston, and was one of the earlier settlers of that area. There he founded a bank, became Chelsea’s first mayor, served in both the state legislature and Congress, and late in life became interested in education for women, helping found one of the first modern reform schools in Lancaster as an alternative to prison, all the while keeping an eye on events of his beloved Southborough.

To give some measure of the man, we present a fascinating letter Fay sent to Jubal Harrington of Worcester while still in Southborough. Harrington’s original letter to Fay is not in our collection, but we can get a pretty good sense of what it might have contained thanks to a fascinating piece in the Worcester Telegram and Gazette, detailing a 1850 bombing of Worcester city officials, of which Harrington was later accused:

Harrington was a lawyer, a former Worcester postmaster, a former state representative and a dedicated foe of the prohibition – temperance movement. He also had a newspaper career. He wrote for Liberty of the Press, a strongly anti-temperance sheet, and edited a weekly, The Worcester Republican, for a while. It was a supporter of Andrew Jackson.

During his term as postmaster, he was embroiled in a counterfeiting scheme, and disappeared from Worcester for a few years. Harrington also was opposed to the anti-slavery, Abolitionist movement that was centered in Worcester, where Eli Thayer was organizing the New England Emigrant Aid Society. It enlisted free men to go to the newly opened territory of Kansas and settle it as a free state in opposition to the slaveholders pouring in from the South.”

So given Harrington’s predilections and subsequent actions, it’s pretty safe to assume that Harrington had probably sent a fiery letter to Fay, trying to rally his fellow postmaster to the Jacksonian cause. Here is Fay’s reply:

Southborough January 30th 1830

Dear Sir,

Your esteemed favor the 22nd inst. came safe to hand and contents noticed.

(This is 19th-century speak for “your letter of the 22nd of this month duly received and read; “inst.” is an abbreviation for the Latin instante mense, meaning a date of the current month.)

It may be somewhat difficult for me in a few words to communicate to you my views upon the subject of your letter without being liable to be misunderstood or supposed to be laid under obligations express or implied which were not intended. But as I am at all times ready to give my opinion upon any subject within my comprehension freely and undisguised, I will endeavor to communicate to you my views and feelings upon the subject before us.

First, I am no partisan. I never have, nor do I yet think it my duty to attach myself to any party, religious, political, Masonic, anti-Masonic, so far as to approve measures because they belong to my party. I know no party but the nation, or any policy but national policy which I am bound to support. Thus if I belong to any party that must be named, that name must be American. Again, I am no “Fence Man.” My opinion upon any measure I am free to express. But one virtuous act of a man does not satisfy me that he cannot do wrong; neither does one error induce me to reject him altogether. Upon this principle I believe Adams and Jackson both have many virtues and both some vices, but either [is] qualified to discharge the duties of the office of the President of the United States.

(The election of 1828 had pitted Andrew Jackson against John Quincy Adams—essentially a repeat of the election of 1824, in which no candidate had received a majority of the electoral votes. Therefore the election was decided for Adams by the House of Representatives, according to the 12th Amendment. In 1828, after a bitterly fought rematch, Jackson clearly won the popular and electoral vote, to the disgust of the Federalists.)

The opening page of Fay’s letter to Harrington. This document is marked by Fay as a “copy of the letter sent to Harrington”, and given the numerous scratch-outs and revisions, is probably the first draft, with a far neater version the final product.

In short,  both are “more sinned against than sinner” and I am decidedly opposed to the violent measures frequently adopted to subserve the interests of men rather than the good of the nation. I understand that the remark of the illustrious Jefferson is yet good that “we are all Federalists, all Republicans.”

As an officer of the government (Fay was at the time the Soutborough Postmaster) I consider it my duty to support that government in all its “Republican Measures” tending to the welfare and happiness of the nation. With the policy of the present Administration (so far as I understand it) I am disposed generally (though not interminably) to cooperate.

The message of the President is the best I have seen—and the views and principles therein expressed are my own—with some few exceptions—and so long as the government is administered conformably to the principles there developed, I shall be “Friendly to the present Administration,” but whenever I may have occasion to disapprove any act of this or any other Administration, I reserve the right to express my disapprobation openly and decidedly though at all times respectfully and dispassionately.

I have thus hastily endeavored to give you some idea of my political creed— the polar star of which is: “measures are not men.”

In haste, I am respectfully your obedient servant

Francis B Fay

Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we could all be inspired by Colonel Fay’s advice, and do what’s best for the country regardless of party in this election year?

Who knows—miracles can happen.

Happy New Year Everyone, and please don’t forget to contribute to our annual appeal if you haven’t already.




Ladies and Gentlemen:

Tomorrow is our Town election. We have four candidates on the ballot for two open Selectman slots. Each has distinct views. Read about them here, and GO VOTE! The election will depend on a handful of ballots, truly! Southborough is at a tipping point in terms of historic preservation,  open space and our quality of life. If you care, lend your voice! YOUR VOTE WILL COUNT!

Our thanks to all four candidates for running, and god bless us all, everyone!

Come Meet Sally Ride, America’s First Woman in Space 3/9

The Southborough Historical Society is excited to bring Sheryl Faye’s performance of “Sally Ride – America’s First Woman Astronaut” to the Museum and Archives on Saturday, March 9 at 2 pm. Sheryl Faye brings a powerful and inspiring message to anyone interested in space exploration and science.

Since 2003, Sheryl Faye has masterfully brought to life important historical women to both children and adults. In her one-woman shows, she immerses the audience in a multimedia learning experience that captivates viewers and sparks their interested to explore more.

This event is especially suitable for children, but people of all ages will enjoy the show! Sally Ride’s story is the second in a series of three performances the SHS is offering this spring.