Autumn in the North Cemetery.

Sixty miles west of Boston, Massachusetts there is the small New England town of Sturbridge. Located at the junction of I-90 (The Mass Pike), and I-84 it has become known as the "Crossroads of New England". The town was first settled over 300 years ago, and like other small New England towns it has grown just enough over the years to be in a difficult place today. How do we embrace the future without forgetting how we got to our present? How do we attract the right kind of growth, and maintain who we are? And, what about our culture out here in Central Massachusetts?

These pages will cause one to think about how to protect what we have, our future direction, and how to move on in the very best way.

Those thoughts, and other ramblings, will hopefully inspire more thought, conversation, action, and occasionally a smile...

...seems to be working so far

Saturday, December 1, 2007

Where is it? No, Really, Where is it? I Haven't a Clue.

Yesterday I posted an old photograph and asked the readers to identify the building. This morning I found that it had been identified by "Stur" as the building that houses the Handmaiden, and the Copper Stallion Restaurant. Wow. That was fast, and correct, too. Maybe just a bit too fast. So, today I am posting another old photograph. As you can see on the postcard it is labeled "East Main St. Sturbridge, Mass.", but where exactly is it? This photograph has puzzled me for some time, but I have a good idea where it possibly could be. Any help in ID'ing the location would be great!


  1. What a beautiful tree-lined street - not many of those left anymore with such alignment along the road...are there any? Based on the "East" Main Street address,the houses to the left in the picture, the road is level and straight, I'm guessing it's that area where Fiske Hill Plaza is now located.

  2. Carol, I was thinking of the very same location, and for the same reasons you mentioned. It is a beautiful street. The hurricane of 1938 destroyed many of our large trees that once lined the streets in town, and diseases, such as Dutch Elm, took so many more Elms away. Thank you for responding, and since we both seem to be on the same page as to the location, I officially name you the "winner" in this "Where is it?".

  3. Thank you, but I hardly deserve that title for my guesswork!

    Happy Holidays to all - Carol

  4. Could it possibly be a lost part of town that was altered by 84 and the upgrade to Rt 20 by the entrances to the Mass Pike. It seems that looks like it could be an extension of Maple St as it could have connected to Rt 20. There are many trees in that area. Could that possibly be "East Main" as it would be heading east down Rt 20. Just a guess. I have recently become fascinated in which has led me to take a look at our towns as our ancestors lived. I enjoy looking through your blog very much. thank you.

  5. @kmoehr: You obviously have put some thought into your answer, thank you for contributing. I never thought of the the area being a part of Maple Street.


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