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, December 19, 2012

Maple Lane Farm

We had our realtor take us through this home about a year ago.  I had been watching it for a few years, and hoped one day to see it for sale.  Well, it did sell, when our realtor was away on vacation.  Up till that time it had been on, and off the market a few times, then suddenly it was back on, and sold.  Of course, we were disappointed, but the sellers realtor did give a us a tour of the old home, and we found it amazing.  The interior has changed little since the late 18th century when it was built, and in one room the old "Indian Shutters", heavy wooden window shutters, were still in place on the interior of the house ready to be slid into place in case of an attack.

The photo below is how the farm looked around 1905.  Do you know where it is?


  1. Looks like what we call the "Hall Estate" at 23 Hall Road.

  2. I agree Hall road near 131

  3. Your Realtor should have had someone filling in for them while they were on vacation...
    Sorry you missed out on it !

  4. You are all correct! Some things in town don't change much even after 100 years. It is the Hall Estate at 23 Hall Road at the intersection of Hall and Main. The original owner was a member of the band of "Indians" that dumped tea from the HMS Beaver into Boston Harbor. Do you know his name?

  5. The original owner was Samuel Hobbs.

  6. That would be Samuel Hobbs as in Hobbs Brook.


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