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
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

 

Last Call for Southborough’s Holiday House Idea Tour Tickets!


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just a reminder that the number of available tickets for the Holiday House Ideas Tour on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM  is dwindling rapidly.

Do you want to  peek behind the magical holiday curtain and be inspired for your own holiday decorating?

Have you purchased your ticket for the Holiday House Ideas Tour on  Saturday, Nov. 30? We have had an overwhelming response and expect to sell out sometime next week (11/18+). Don’t be shut out!!

Heather McDougall, owner of local shop At Number 10 and SHS’s Board Member Kate Battles have arranged a fantastic lineup of homes that will be dressed to the nines for the holidays, providing you with plenty of inspiration. One of the stops will be the recently completed chapel at the Burnett House! Plus, there will be live demonstrations throughout the day of essential holiday skills such as making your own deluxe ribbons for pennies, and the Museum will be decorated and serving refreshments.

Make sure to follow the House Tour page @southboroughhousetour to keep up with the planning. Tickets are $30* and are available at Heather’s shop, At Number 10 (3 East Main Street, Southborough) or at the Museum on Sundays 12-2pm.

The official PASSBOOK will be available At Number 10 a few days before the event or at the Museum the day of the event. This will give you descriptions of all the stops on the tour and your options for the day’s activities.

LIMITED tickets remain. Please stop by At Number 10, 3 East Main Street, Southborough, to purchase a ticket.

Note: ticket sales are non-refundable except in case of cancellation of the event. Due to the quirky historic nature of some of the private homes on the tour, that portion of the event is not handicap accessible due to potential stairs and uneven surfaces is not recommended with those with mobility issues. Children under 8 are discouraged, due to the fragile nature of some of the displays.

Southborough Historical Society Receives 10K Grant

The Society’s Kate Battles, Sally Watters, Rebecca Deans-Rowe accept the check from Andrew Abu and Marybeth Strickland at the Community House Thursday evening.

We are DEE-lighted, as Teddy Roosevelt would have said, to announce that the Society has received a 10K grant from the Southborough Community Fund. As in previous years, this contribution is intended to be both an end and a means—that is, to fund crucial work at the Society, as well as to challenge other donors to join our preservation efforts. We’ll be starting our annual fund raising campaign shortly, and hope this will be the first of many generous contributions towards preserving Southborough’s history. Thank you again SCF!

Candidates Preservation Forum: November 2017

Dear Friends,

As you know, we have a special election tomorrow for Selectman, and as is now our custom, the Southborough Historical Society asks the candidates questions relevant to historical preservation in Southborough.  Two responded: Sam Stivers and Doriann Jasinski.

NB: Tomorrow’s voting is at Trottier gym only.


Responses from Sam Stivers:

What is your position on the 61A parcel on Deerfoot Road? Should the voters be allowed to decide whether or not to acquire the parcel at town meeting?
Yes.

Would you support placing the decision on acquiring all future 61A parcels automatically in front of the voters?

I support the preservation of open space in the Town. I believe that there should be a process for consideration of all Chapter 61 parcels (including not just 61A parcels) when the Town has the option to exercise a Right of First Refusal (ROFR). This process could include the Open Space Preservation Commission (OSPC), the Planning Board, the Conservation Commission, the Historical Commission and other Town committees with interests related to this issue, to assess the value of such parcels and determine if the limited resources available for such purchases are aligned with the Town’s prioritization of available properties. In fact, such a process is in the final development stage by the “Chapter 61 Working Group”, and I support this. I do not support “automatic” Town Meeting consideration of purchase of such parcels, as the new Chapter 61 process will provide broadly based expert input to determine which possible acquisitions should go to the voters. Additionally, I support the preservation of open space in the Town via methods other than Chapter 61 ROFR—such as outright purchase of development rights as we did for the Chestnut Hill Farm. The challenge is to find ways to fund these acquisitions.

Study after study has shown that taxes on single family homes don’t cover their cost to the Town, and each new build actually contributes to higher rates for everyone. Given that, what would you propose to limit further development and increase the quality of life for current residents?

The Advisory Committee did such a study several years ago, confirming that additional residential development likely results in a net cost to the Town. Because development is largely controlled by the Town’s zoning bylaws (managed by the Planning Board), modification of the development process is something that starts with the Planning Board. I support a Planning Board initiative to update the zoning bylaws, which can address growth and other issues. The Selectmen can collaborate with the Planning Board on such an initiative. However, I do not support outright restricting or limiting development. We need to find a balance between preserving what we value in Town – open space and historic resources – while allowing appropriate new development for both residential and commercial uses at a scale and rate that the Town can support. Our Master Plan can provide guidance relative to these questions, and our Master Plan should be revisited and updated as necessary.

Additionally, the Selectmen can help manage the Town’s exposure to “unfriendly” 40B housing projects by smart planning to meet our Housing Plan objectives. Using funds in the Housing Trust Fund and CPA housing reserve accounts (which currently total over a half-million dollars) we can work with developers and/or nonprofits to create “neighborhood friendly” small-scale 40B housing projects so we can meet our housing obligations through a process the Town controls, instead of reacting to developer proposals.

If the majority of home-owners in a particular area of Town favored the creation of an historic district, would this have your support?

I support this concept. I would need to see the specific details before I can support a particular proposal. I strongly favor preserving the Town’s historical qualities that make us uniquely Southborough. That identity adds value to our homes, our community and our businesses.

What other ideas do you have to promote and protect the historic nature of Southborough?

As a Selectmen I will support the Historical Commission and the Planning Board as they develop a plan for historic preservation and priorities.


What plans might you suggest to revitalize the Main Street area economically and aesthetically once the road improvements are done?

The Town could consider creating a zoning overlay district to permit mixed-use structures in the downtown area. This could provide additional commercial/professional space as well as residential use. A key issue related to this process is transportation and parking. If we want to have more businesses and residential development in the downtown area we must consider parking. Towns with vibrant downtowns typically have municipal parking capacity out of the public view but within easy walking distance to downtown businesses. We need to address this issue as part of downtown development.

The Selectmen can also work with the Economic Development Committee to leverage the downtown development work they are doing. 

Finally, with St. Mark’s School becoming an owner (through the Golf Course land arrangement) of property with frontage on Main Street, planning and coordination with St. Mark’s development plan is desirable.

If plans were developed for a cultural corridor linking the Library, the Old Burial Ground, the Museum, the Town House, St Marks church and the cemetery, would you be generally supportive of such an idea?

I support of this concept. I would need to see the specific details of such a proposal before I can support a particular proposal.

The office of selectman is a low-paid, demanding, and time-consuming position, which often requires attendance not only at selectmen’s meetings, but also at meetings of other boards and committees. Recently, it has been noticed that a certain member of the Board has had an unusually high absentee rate, which obviously is not ideal. Are there any factors that would limit your commitment of time and energy to the Board of Selectmen?

No. My record of attendance at over 100 Town committee meetings each year demonstrates my commitment to devote the time necessary to fulfill my Town obligations. I will continue to devote the time to meet my responsibilities as a Selectman.

 

Responses from Doriann Jasinski:

What is your position on the 61A parcel on Deerfoot Road? Should the voters be allowed to decide whether to acquire the parcel at town meeting?

My position on the Deerfoot property is simply this: the voters should decide whether they want to purchase the property.  I would also hope that the voters take into thoughtful consideration how the neighbors feel about the purchase by the Town.

Would you support placing the decision on acquiring all future 61A parcels automatically in front of voters?

I don’t believe that placing any restriction on future 61A properties is a good idea. I do believe that the taxpayers have the right to vote on whether they want to assume the tax liability for the purchases. The value of all 61A properties are not the same and need to be looked at on an individual basis.

 Study after study has shown that taxes on single family homes don’t cover their cost to the Town and each new build contributes to higher taxes for everyone. Given that, what would you propose to limit further development and increase the quality of life for current residents?

I would not limit development for several reasons.  First, development helps us meet our future needs as a community. It provides jobs which help boost our economy.  Property owners have the right to develop their land as they wish, providing they follow our town by-laws.  I am against taking away property owner rights or stopping development.

Southborough loves its Open Space. One way to increase the quality of life for current residents is to value our Open Space.  Communities need open space to provide passive recreational areas such as walking trails.  I am in favor of protecting our Open Space and purchasing more as time goes on to help enhance the charm and character of our Town.  Our Open Space Commission is a very productive group of individuals who have a prioritized list of parcels for future purchases which would enhance our community.

If the majority of home owners in a particular area of town favored the creation of an historic district, would this have your support?

I would absolutely be in favor in the creation of a historic district in our Town.

What other ideas do you have to promote and protect the historic nature of Southborough?

First, I believe we need to educate the residents about the rich history of our Town.  Many people don’t know the history of Southborough.  When we were considering the details of the Burnett House purchase, that is when the history was given.  I would suggest having an annual town wide get together to promote the rich history of Southborough.  Having interactive games and maybe have the children do a play of some sort would make it fun for people of all ages to attend.

What plans might you suggest to revitalize the Main Street area economically and aesthetically once the road improvements are done?

We do need to revitalize our downtown to help promote business for the existing businesses there.  The Economic Development Committee just completed a survey to ask people what they wanted in their downtown area.  The results are detailed as listed below:

90% want more restaurants; 67% want more retail shops.  Aesthetics are important and the Downtown “feel” is essential.  Historic buildings, signage and markers are highly valued.  People want more “public spaces”.

Personally, I would agree that all the above are important and needs a closer look at how to get this done without a major impact on all our taxes.  Better landscaping, benches, adding flowers and containers with plantings is also an idea to add charm to the downtown.  The Southborough Gardeners may be able to help with this idea.

If plans were developed for a cultural corridor linking the Library, the Old Burial Ground, the Museum, the Town House, St Marks Church and the Cemetery, would you be generally supportive of such an idea?

Yes, I would be supportive of that idea.  The area is such an important piece of “Southborough Charm” which we all love and appreciate.

The Office of Selectmen is a low-paid, demanding and time-consuming position, which often requires attendance not only at Selectmen’s meetings, but also at meetings of other boards and committees. Recently, it has been noticed that a certain member of the Board has had an unusually high absentee rate, which obviously is not ideal.  Are there any factors that would limit your commitment of time and energy to the Board of Selectmen?

I have both the time and the energy to get the job done.  I can’t speak for other members of the Board, but I personally have attended the Selectmen’s meetings, a few Conservation, Planning Board, Zoning Board, Personnel Board, Personnel Board Working Group, Public Safety Building, Golf meetings (just to name a few!)

There are no factors which limit my commitment to getting the job done.

History Waits for No Weather

ANDERS ZORN Swedish, (1860-1920) STORM (1891)

Ladies and Gentlemen,

History waits for no weather.

Heritage Day is officially on! Come to the Museum tomorrow October 9 2017 at noon to see the 1868 Falcon fire engine do its stuff, plus view recent acquisitions.

The fun starts at noon!

Heavenly Approbation?

Dear History Friends,

I was working today at the Museum with our wonderful senior assistant, Donna McDaniel, in the extended process of getting our photographic and paper collections organized. Donna (our first woman Selectman back in the day) had left about 20 minutes earlier for one of her two additional engagements in Worcester and Sudbury (in one day, and this lady remembers FDR!!, wow!) when suddenly a storm came up, the skies darkened, and it rained a summer-storm white-out. It was really something: fierce, yet all water. When I looked out the window at the passing, this is what I saw:

How often do you see a rainbow over the Old Burial Ground, where not only our first European settlers, but also our Native American fore-bearers, the Nipmuc Tribe, are buried? Or for that matter, how often do you see a rainbow on the ground, period? In my 52-odd years, this is a first. Unfortunately, Donna, a long time reporter, was not here to witness this event and confirm the viewing, but I assure you this is a real photo, and hopefully a sign of heavenly approbation for our continuing efforts at preserving Southborough’s centuries-old history.

Empty the Trailer Day — Tomorrow Saturday May 13th!

Ladies and Gentlemen of Good Will and Strong Backs:

Tomorrow is empty the trailer day, when we finally return the collection to the Museum. We need five or six more people to help us 9-2ish. Come for any part of this, or the long haul. Work will require carrying boxes, moving furniture etc so volunteers must be able and willing.

Please email me at michael dot weishan at southboroughhistory dot org if you can come, or are nominating a willing child, partner or spouse.

 

Ms. Lisa Braccio Responds to the Candidates Preservation Forum

Given the argument above on the fluidity of Town board makeup, would you commit now to placing a preservation restriction to protect the exterior of Fayville Town Hall before it is sold? If not, why not?
I am in favor of protecting the Historic Fayville Village Hall and believe we can do it in a way that preserves the building and allows the town to receive a fair price for the building and land. Town Meeting has made it clear more than once that protecting this building is a high priority. I will recommend that we work with the Historical Commission to engage the services of a consultant knowledgeable in Historical Properties Real Estate to guide us as we develop the RFP.  I believe that there can be benefit drafting the RFP to include the requirement that a Preservation Restriction be placed on Fayville Hall by the purchaser, which could provide them with tax benefits. These are complicated issues which is why I recommend we engage the services of an expert.

Study after study has shown that taxes on single family homes don’t cover their cost to the Town, and each new build actually contributes to higher rates for everyone. Given that, what would you propose to limit further development and increase the quality of life for current residents?

This is a complicated question –

First, we need development to meet our future as our society and needs change and to provide for a robust economy. Additionally, property owners have a right to full value of their property under our zoning code bylaws. I am not in favor of taking away property rights or curtailing development.

We also know that healthy communities need open space. A recent economic study in Marlborough found that business owners list open space and trails as the number one amenity they are looking for when considering which towns to locate in. Marlborough’s Economic Development Corporation was surprised by this but then moved to help create trails that connected to local businesses and parks.

Open space and a healthy economy can certainly go hand in hand.

As an Open Space Commissioner for 12 years and current Chair I am in favor of protecting the most important open spaces in town. However, we know we can’t afford to protect it all, which is why the Open Space Preservation Commission works on prioritizing which parcels have the most value as open space.

If the majority of home-owners in a particular area of Town favored the creation of an historic district, would this have your support?
Absolutely, Kate Matison spoke in much detail at a meeting of St. Marks Golf Course Master Plan Committee.  I think it enhances our Town and makes it more desirable.

Would you support the Town acquiring any open parcels that come out of agricultural use to prevent their development?
I don’t believe the Town should purchase land to prevent development, I am not against development. Some parcels of land, however are more important than others to be protected based on the open space value. Recently the Open Space Preservation Commission has included a focus on agricultural lands as an added priority, of particular concern are prime farmland soil which is a valuable and quickly disappearing asset. Our beautiful hay fields are also a priority for a visual connection to our rural heritage and important habitat for grassland birds they provide. Species like the bobolink are disappearing from our landscape due to the lack of habitat.

The Open Space and Recreation Plan, which is approved by both the Selectman and the State has a comprehensive list of priority parcels for preservation.  The Open Space Preservation Commission evaluates open space parcels based on their agricultural, historical, passive recreational, wildlife habitat values and scenic views when deciding which parcels to prioritize.  Preventing development is never a consideration.

What other ideas do you have to promote and protect the historic nature of Southborough?

First I believe people will protect that which they are familiar with, so I am in favor of creating a town wide trail that visits our historical properties with markers or links to a virtual map that identifies the history behind the many buildings and places that the average citizen may not be aware of. Potentially calling it the Southborough History Trail.  This concept was discussed during the effort to preserve the Burnett House.

I also have heard that Deb Costine has led talks on the History of the Burnett Family and I think we need more activities like this.

Once people are more knowledgeable about Southborough’s History it will be easier to promote preservation.

What plans might you suggest to revitalize the Main Street area economically and aesthetically once the road improvements are done?

Great questions.  Unfortunately, the Main Street reconstruction is only being upgraded to Latisquama Rd. and not our downtown.

I propose working with the Planning Board and the Economic Development Committee to brainstorm on what can be done to upgrade the infrastructure in our downtown. A lot can be done to make it aesthetically pleasing, the road needs to be redone, brick sidewalks, imitation gas lights, flower plantings, benches and maybe a pocket park.  A more aesthetically pleasing downtown would bring more people to the area which would make the area a more desire location for businesses.  I would look into what grant funding is available to help fund these improvements.

And finally, if plans were developed for a cultural corridor linking the Library, the Old Burial Ground, the Museum, the Town House, St Marks church and the cemetery, would you be generally supportive of such an idea?

Yes, that section of our Town is so historic and beautiful it would be wonderful to see the area be better utilized. I would take it further and I would recommend a larger trail system as described above.

Mr. David Parry Replies to the Candidates Preservation Forum

Mr. Parry is the second candidate to reply. Here are his answers. Eds

1) Given the argument above on the fluidity of Town board makeup, would you commit now to placing a preservation restriction to protect the exterior of Fayville Town Hall before it is sold? If not, why not? 

Fayville hall should have preservation restrictions on its facade. That would ensure it is saved forever, by future owners, not by one owner., and then destroyed.  That warrant article was NOT thought through properly.by the Selectmen. Had the article been worded differently from the start, by the Selectmen, with Preservation Restrictions , I am confident it would have been  overwhelmingly approved. There is simply no strong leadership on the Bd of Selectmen to preserve our heritage. The notion that a preservation restriction reduces the value of a building is simply not true. In many cases they increase the buildings value, through prestige value. There are many builders potentially interested in this building with preservation  restrictions on it, permanently.  Fayville Hall deserves protection just as much as downtown Southborough Main street buildings. It is not a second class neighborhood. 

2) Study after study has shown that taxes on single family homes don’t cover their cost to the Town, and each new build actually contributes to higher rates for everyone. Given that, what would you propose to limit further development and increase the quality of life for current residents.

Please see my answer under 4

3) If the majority of home-owners in a particular area of Town favored the creation of an historic district, would this have your support.

Yes

4) Would you support the Town acquiring any open parcels that come out of agricultural use to prevent their development

Yes open space should be purchased whenever possible, because single family homes produce so many schoolchildren, and school education. takes 3/4 of our budget. The key is to purchase the most visible and attractive parcels…. Those which add scenic value to our town., such as the golf course (which we just did), or open which is good for recreation. Then we get more “bang for the buck”.  There is far less point in purchasing steep and Rocky or wet , wild land which is hidden from public view …we have to very selective because we have limited funds.

5) What other ideas do you have to promote and protect the historic nature of Southborough?

Please see my answer under 6 below

6)  What plans might you suggest to revitalize the Main Street area economically and aesthetically once the road improvements are done?

The question relates to how we can improve on the design for the rebuilding of  historic Main St. The key missing design element , or feature, critical to making Main St historically accurate and far more attractive is the following: REMOVAL OF THE UGLY UTILITY POLES AND OVERHEAD CABLES.

Many other towns have accomplished this. For instance, Hudson, Marlborough, Shrewsbury etc …thousands in all. Now imagine what future generations will say when the street is rebuilt but the incredibly ugly poles and cables remain, they will say …”What were they thinking? They had the opportunity, and the did not even try! What a shame.”

I want residents in 100 years time to look back at us and say: ” They had the foresight to accomplish an incredible plan when they had the opportunity.  ” That is OUR job now…to wake up before it is too late , and grasp this opportunity.

Another missing element to the Main Street redesign is the design for the downtown commercial block. Where the railroad crosses the road. This deserves special treatment for sidewalks and lighting, benches, canopies, and landscaping. I believe that the business owners themselves should be put n charge, with technical assistance. Let the business owners themselves entertain the possible treatments, and then propose a solution for wider public review. I am confident they will do a fantastic job because the know all about retailing , and they have huge  self interest in making this core block a big success.

Now that is REAL local participation.

7) And finally, if plans were developed for a cultural corridor linking the Library, the Old Burial Ground, the Museum, the Town House, St Marks church and the cemetery, would you be generally supportive of such an idea?

Yes

 

 

Mr. Sam Stivers Replies to the Candidates Preservation Forum

We will publish results from the other candidates as we receive them. Eds.

1. Given the argument above on the fluidity of Town board makeup, would you commit now to placing a preservation restriction to protect the exterior of Fayville Town Hall before it is sold? If not, why not?

Yes.

2. Study after study has shown that taxes on single family homes don’t cover their cost to the Town, and each new build actually contributes to higher rates for everyone. Given that, what would you propose to limit further development and increase the quality of life for current residents?

The Advisory Committee did such a study several years ago, confirming that additional residential development likely results in a net cost to the Town. Because development is largely controlled by the Town’s zoning bylaws (managed by the Planning Board), modification of the development process is something that starts with the Planning Board. I support a Planning Board initiative to update the zoning bylaws, which can address growth and other issues. The Selectmen
can collaborate with the Planning Board on such an initiative.

Additionally, the Selectmen can help manage the Town’s exposure to “unfriendly” 40B housing projects by smart planning to meet our Housing Plan objectives. Using monies in the Housing Trust Fund we can work with developers and/or nonprofits to create “friendly” 40B housing projects so we can meet our housing obligations through a process the Town controls, instead of reacting to developer proposals.

3. If the majority of home owners in a particular area of Town favored the creation of an historic district, would this have your support?

I support this concept. I would need to see the specific details of such a proposal before I can support a particular proposal.

4. Would you support the Town acquiring any open parcels that come out of agricultural use to prevent their development?

I support the preservation of open space in the Town. The challenge is to find a way to fund the acquisition of (or acquisition of the development rights to) such property. The Town needs to work with the Open Space Preservation Commission (OSPC) to see that the limited resources for such purchases are aligned with the OSPC prioritization of available properties.

5. What other ideas do you have to promote and protect the historic nature of Southborough?

The Selectmen can support the Historical Commission and the Planning Board to develop a plan for historic preservation and priorities.

6.  What plans might you suggest to revitalize the Main Street area economically and aesthetically once the road improvements are done?

The Town could consider creating a zoning overlay district to permit mixed-use structures in the downtown area. This could provide additional commercial/professional space as well as residential use.

7. And finally, if plans were developed for a cultural corridor linking the Library, the Old Burial Ground, the Museum, the Town House, St Marks church and the cemetery, would you be generally supportive of such an idea?

I would be generally supportive of this concept. I would need to see the specific details of such a proposal before I can support a particular proposal.