Tag Archives: Everett Collection

Final version of proposed Local Historic District Bylaw

Click here for the final proposed version of the Local Historic District Bylaw. This bylaw encourages preservation and protection of the historic assets in the town center. The draft has undergone substantial review and revision over the last few weeks … Continue reading

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Calendar: Local Historic District Study Committee forum, Monday, Dec 5

The Local Historic District Study Committee will host a town wide forum on Monday, Dec 5th, 7:30 p.m.-9 p.m. at the Public Safety Building, Harold E. Brown, Jr. Training Room.  This is an opportunity for town residents to hear what the … Continue reading

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The end of time—Part III (and last)

Many Bolton residents, going all the way back to 1795,  have climbed the steeple stairs each week to wind and tinker with the old town clock. Some of the more recent caretakers have signed the walls in the clock room— … Continue reading

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The end of time—Part I

The Advisory Committee was not fooling around at their last meeting. It is town budget season, the most challenging budget season in years, and the good folks on the committee were chomping through funding requests like a combine working a … Continue reading

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Street of stories

The old houses and buildings sit snug along the curving road: a 1741 Georgian, a 1750 Colonial, an 1810 Federal, an 1839 Greek Revival. In all, there are nearly 60 historically significant structures along the mile of Main Street between … Continue reading

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The realest people I have ever known

BOLTON, 1893 This extraordinary essay about Bolton in the 1890’s is excerpted from the book, The Locomotive-God, by William Ellery Leonard (1876-1944), published in 1927 by Century Company. Leonard was a poet, playwright, and scholar. He was the son of The Rev. … Continue reading

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Not a way but a place

There is a day when the road neither comes nor goes, and the way is not a way but a place. —Wendell Berry

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Life was simpler then

Intersection of Main Street and Wattaquadock Hill Road. Elapsed time between photos, approximately 107 years. The private residence on the left in both photos is the Caleb Wheeler, Jr. house, c. 1815. Wheeler was an influential town leader of the … Continue reading

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Two roads diverged

Dave Wylie submitted a sage comment yesterday that began by describing a photo of the corner of Main Street and Harvard Road around 1900. Here it is, courtesy of the Bolton Historical Society.

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