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Townsend is nestled comfortably in the north-central region of the state, on the border of New Hampshire. Its location is close enough to major travel routes that it continues to grow, yet far enough from large cities to retain elements of its rural character. Within the history of Townsend, three distinct sections of the town emerged: Townsend Harbor, Townsend Center, and West Townsend. Each thrived as a separate center with its own businesses, schools, and colorful residents. Together they share their stories and memories to create the complete history of Townsend. From the incorporation of the town in 1732 to the thriving mill industry of the 19th century; from the Rufus Porter murals covering the walls of an upstairs room at the Reed Homestead to Elsa Williams's mission to bring the art of needlepoint to Townsend; and from a 25,000-person Red Cross fund-raiser held at Wyndecrest in 1922 to the tradition of gathering around the common for concerts on summer evenings, Townsend remains devoted to remembering history and celebrating community.
ISBN: 9780738545523
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Massachusetts
Series: Images of America
Images: 200
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
The images in Townsend come primarily from the Townsend Historical Society's large and diverse collection of photographs, postcards, and glass plate negatives, which illustrate the development of this small New England town.
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