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Blackstone Canal Historic District - Grafton, MA
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Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member nomadwillie
N 42° 10.432 W 071° 40.798
19T E 278648 N 4672556
Quick Description: The canal was located in the southwest section of town, playing an important role in the industrial development of the town.
Location: Massachusetts, United States
Date Posted: 11/6/2015 9:34:44 AM
Waymark Code: WMPXRE
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member Outspoken1
Views: 14

Long Description:
Three mill villages existed in Grafton, known as Farnumsville, Fisherville and Saudersville. The canal effected the economics in Grafton with 951 tons of agriculatural and manufactured goods shipped from the town via the canal. Farmnumsville Cotton Mill was built 1844 to manufacture cotton. Fisherville is the smallest of the Grafton textile mill villages and was founded in 1830, it was a joint venture between Timothy McNamara and the Blackstone Canal Company. The village consisted of building a dam to create a mill pond that would feed both the canal and mill to be built. In 1831, McNamara sold his rights to Peter Farnum who built a brick factory, naming the company the Fisher Manufacturing Co. Industrial development began when David Wilkinson built his cotton mill in 1829. In 1835 E. Sauunders Cotton Co. mill was built.
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Grafton , MA


County / Borough / Parish: Worcester

Year listed: 1995

Historic (Areas of) Significance: Event, Architecture/Engineering, Information Potential

Periods of significance: 1925-1949, 1900-1924, 1875-1899, 1850-1874, 1825-1849

Historic function: Agriculture/Subsistence, Commerce/Trade, Domestic, Landscape

Current function: Commerce/Trade, Domestic, Industry/Processing/Extraction, Recreation And Culture

Privately owned?: no

Primary Web Site: [Web Link]

Secondary Website 1: [Web Link]

Season start / Season finish: Not listed

Hours of operation: Not listed

Secondary Website 2: Not listed

National Historic Landmark Link: Not listed

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