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

Wednesday, April 1, 2009

"Marge, That Darn Mouse Is Back."

I am not quite sure when this photograph was taken. Probably in the mid 1960's to early 1970's. At one time "Cheese Houses" were everywhere there were tourists. The photograph is an old postcard, and although the card reads on the backside that it is the Cheese House in Sturbridge, it is hard to believe that the Sturbridge landscape once looked like this.

Quite nice, actually. Except for the mouse.

"The ...Cheese House ... was part of the Cheese House chain which had 18 cheese-shaped locations in New England. Apparently, there are only these two buildings left. The stores were built in the late 1960s and early 1970s. They were constructed of wood with a cut-out wedge for the entrance and windows. They are 9' tall and 40' in diameter. In the late 1970s, the chain disbanded due to financial problems." Source.

If you have any old postcards, or photos of Sturbridge, and would like to share them here. Let me know.

It's easier to know where we're going if we know where we've been.


  1. There's a cheese building in Wells, Maine too.

  2. If you click on the word "source" after the quote above you will learn more about the Wells Cheese House.

  3. I expect to see Tinky Winky and Dipsy pop their heads out of the beautiful rolling hill behind the cheesehouse! Telletubbybridge, MA.

  4. "...the card reads on the backside that it is the Cheese House in Sturbridge..."

    I have a postcard with that exact same picture, but mine says "Trenton Maine". There is indeed a cheese wheel on Rt3 at the intersection with 204, but it has been through many changes. The hill in the back could be Mt. Cadillac.

  5. Thank you, Paul. Could have been a generic view, and labeled with whatever location they needed at the time.


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