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Leicester began as a small Colonial settlement in the early 1700s and quickly blossomed into a flourishing farming community. Located among the headwaters of the Blackstone River, the numerous villages of Leicester prospered during the Industrial Revolution with gristmills, sawmills, and textile mills. By the 1880s, one-third of all hand and machine cards made in North America were produced in Leicester. After the deindustrialization of the twentieth century, the town began to return to its agricultural roots; today, for the most part, it appears largely rural once again. Leicester pays tribute to the industrial, yet rural, and independent, yet cooperative, spirit of this suburb of Worcester.
ISBN: 9780738534770
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Massachusetts
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
This pictorial history was compiled through the efforts of the Leicester Historical Commission, an official local government agency, and the Leicester Historical Society, a private volunteer organization. These two groups united together under their common goals of preservation and education to share Leicester's storied past.
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