I was able to pick up a so many great historic items that would have been lost forever to some "collectors" closet, and never return to Sturbridge. Now, since the town does not have a place to display the items, such as a museum, or a room for historic collections, they sit in another closet, a bank vault. Someday I feel there will be either grant money, or other money to pay for the restoration and preservation of the old documents and maps, and they will be available to the town at that time. In the meantime, I will display a few of them here.
One of the items I purchased is an old framed photograph. Can you help to identify the people in the photo?
|The photograph is a collage of many old photographs.|
|The photo at the top right is of the troops drilling on the Town Common.|
The building directly below the common photo is the Center School located across from the town hall and recently restored.
|The house at the bottom left is "Our Cottage". The little boy in the oval photo is "Will"|
To Will's left is "Edna" with "Henry", and "Anna" in the lower left.
|The gentleman at the upper left is identified as "Rev. Mr. Richardson", the man in the middle is "Grandfather"|
and the woman at the r]far right is "Miss Hyde". The church on the left is the "Congregational Church in Sturbridge", and directly underneath the church is "Father", and "Mother". The house in the center of the photograph is labeled as "Edna's Birthplace Born 1863". There is a typed newspaper article below the photo:
"The house burned last week was built in 1753 by Col. Hiram Wheelock..."
The house was also the home to Cyrus Merrick, Elisha Southwick, A.C. Morse, and William Whittmore, the chairman of the Board of Selectmen at various times.
Now, comes the fun part, your mission at CSI: Sturbridge. Your mission is to help identify the people in the photographs, and where were these old photographs taken in Sturbridge. If you have an idea, or would just like to offer up a guess, either email me at firstname.lastname@example.org, or leave at comment.