My blog has been changed to make it more appealing for those who have New England ancestors and want to see the area through photos. Things I’ll include are typical white New England churches, libraries showing their genealogical collection, historical societies, cemeteries, war memorials, in general, anything to do with history.

For four years I’ve blogged mostly about my personal genealogy in New England (Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, and New Hampshire), New York, New Jersey, Michigan, Illinois, Wyoming, and the Eastern Townships of Quebec, Canada. I still will, can’t forget my own roots.

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Chelmsford, Massachusetts Has Gone Back in Time

Earlier today, I did a post about a May Breakfast I went to in Chelmsford. It wasn't until we left, that somebody mentioned how nice the area looked since they removed all the telephone poles, and put the wires and cables underground. Once it was pointed out, I could tell the difference, and it was nice seeing how this part of the town may have looked many years ago, before electricity. Many of the buildings were there before that time.
No telephone poles! New sitting area in the old green.
 Streets around the green. I must say, it looks great.

 Old 1879 Town Hall was recently renovated.
(New Town Hall is in another location.)
 Monument and Toll House.
Middlesex Canal Toll House 1832  Oldest Canal Toll House in America. Donated by Heirs of Judge Samuel P. Hadley.
 Old house, now a bank.
Harriet B. Rogers, assisted by Mary S. Byam, opened here in 1866 the Chelmsford School. The first in America to susccessfully teach lip-reading and speech to deaf children. In 1867 it was moved to Northampton as the Clarke School for the Deaf.
Next to the church, the 1655 Forefathers Burial Ground and old school.

2 comments:

Diane B said...

Thanks Barbara for these lovely pictures. I was just looking at this cemetery last night and thinking I would like to get up there soon. I have early Barretts and Spauldings in there. So this at least was a virtual visit!

Barbara Poole said...

Diane, Well, you will just have to drive up here! I've been in the cemetery many times, so walking through it together, and then showing you my old town would be my pleasure.