|This serpentine front chest of drawers of cherry wood and mahogany descended in the Searls family of Pomfret, Conn. Its imaginative stylistic details and inlays link it to central Massachusetts craftsman Nathan Lombard, who is also thought to have made five related chests. Ebenezer Howard, a Sturbridge, Mass., craftsman who worked for Lombard, signed the chest, which sold to G.W. Samaha for $872,500. The chest fetched $365,500 when it came up at Skinner in Bolton, Mass., in 1999.---Antiques and Art Online|
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
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