Town Pound - Westwood, Massachusetts
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member cache_test_dummies
N 42° 14.435 W 071° 12.762
19T E 317436 N 4678858
Quick Description: This historic landmark is so important to the town that it appears in the town's official seal.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 6/3/2010 10:09:05 AM
Waymark Code: WM8Z57
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Bear and Ragged
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Long Description:
Located along High Street (Route 109) in Westwood, the Westwood Town Pound was originally constructed in 1700 by Lieutenant Joseph Colburn, for which he was paid 40 shillings. The original pound enclosure was a wooden fence, but the fence was later replaced by the stone walled structure still in place today. An operational wooden gate is located on the southwest corner of the pound.

An 1899 Massachusetts state law required every town in the state to adopt an official town seal. A sketch of the Westwood Town Pound drawn by Lucius Damrell was selected by the town for use in their seal. The sketch included a giant oak tree which at that time was growning inside the stoned wall enclosure. That tree fell during the 1938 hurricane, but was replaced some years later by another oak tree which is still growing inside the town pound.

A historical marker is located near the town pound.
Approximate dimensions: 33 feet by 33 feet

Condition: Structure mostly intact

Marked by sign?: yes

Construction Material: Stone

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