Stafford Street is a straight shot into south Worcester, and not to far from Goddard Memorial Drive, the road to the airport. It's a rural road, all tree lined, with simple homes along it's edges. A welcome change from 290.
When we reached the Leicster town line, there was a sign welcoming us to the village of Rochdale. It's a nice sign, and from what I remember reading as I drove by, it read "Welcome to Rochdale -- A mill town." Although a village within Leicster, the Welcome to Rochdale sign gave the village it's own identity beyond a separate zip code. Mary turned to me and asked, "Why doesn't Fiskdale have a welcome sign?" as if I am the Sturbridge Oracle.
"Dunno", I answered as intelligently as possible being caught off guard without a snappy reply. "I really don't know", I reinforced.
There is a nice mini-park at the clock on Main Street in Fiskdale, beside the mill building, that contains a little history about the area on placards placed in the garden, but Mary is right, there is no "Welcome to Fiskdale" sign on either end of Main Street, Holland Road, or Route 148.
|Map of Fiskdale, Massachusetts|
I think a few "Welcome to Fiskdale" signs placed about would not only reinforce what the feds have stressed on our envelopes for years, but lend an immense sense of pride to the those of us living "out west".
Now, I can hear the hairs rising on the back of the Sturbridge purists necks as I write.
"Welcome to Fiskdale signs will only confuse those that come to our town. They won't know where they truly are."
"They'll think they overshot Sturbidge."
"They'll get lost looking for Old Sturbridge Village."
"The signs won't do anything to promote Sturbridge."
"Sturbridge is the historical place, not Fiskdale."
Other towns put up signs as a matter of pride, and I am quite sure that Sturbridge is very proud of Fiskdale, and it's history. I don't think it will affect folks heading to Old Sturbridge Village, after all, it is located in Fiskdale.
If worded properly, and placed appropriately, the signs would be a wonderful addition to our roadsides.