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

Monday, December 10, 2007

Where Was It?

This photo has me stumped, but I think I may know where it was. The landscape has changed drastically over time, but there are remnants of the bridge still at the site today.

If you have an idea where this may have been, leave a comment. I am sure there are others that would like to know just where this pastoral scene was in town.

"Bridge Near Wightmere, Sturbridge, Mass."


  1. Given the title of "Wightmere", I would guess this is near Old Sturbridge Village, where the river intersects with Stallion Hill Rd.

  2. Carol, I looked and looked at this photo, and I also thought of the area you described. I tried to place the road on the far right as the current Route 20, but it just didn't fit. The geography of the river didn't fit either, but I realize it may have changed over the years. The other place I was thinking of was on Route 131. If traveling from the Town Hall, right before the left turn onto Hall Road is Hobbs Brook on both sides. The stream on the Hall Road side flows all the way back to Walker Pond Eventually, but about 75 feet from 131 there is the remnants of an old bridge. That bridge used to connect Upper Main Street to Whitemore Street. The old home that lies down the long driveway, I believe, was owned by a Wight. Just speculation, but a good a guess as any. If any one has a clue, let us know. I'm stumped on this one.

  3. Dear Thinking:

    "Wightmere" - if you type that in at your browser, OSV comes up. It was a total guess on my part - the mystery continues...

  4. Hmmm...this one is still bothering you, eh? I think your research has pulled up some good clues. Where is a member of the Historical Commission when you need them?

  5. He'll be receiving my e-mail with your blog address on it tomorrow!


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