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From its pre-Colonial origins to the hustle and bustle of today, Billerica has remained a thriving village with something for everyone. Surrounded by lakes, rivers, and footpaths that became the building blocks of the state's road system, Billerica's history reflects the growth trends of a young nation—a history steeped in courage, independence, prosperity, and celebration. Originally the Shawshin Wilderness, the fledgling settlement took the name Billerica and was incorporated as a town in 1655. The territory initially included lands that would become parts of Bedford, Tewksbury, Wilmington, and Carlisle. For the next three centuries, farmers, weavers, merchants, millers, and craftsmen sought out Billerica for its agricultural opportunity, potential waterpower, recreational attractions, and strategic travel routes.
ISBN: 9780738573342
Format: Paperback
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing
State: Massachusetts
Series: Postcard History Series
Images: 211
Pages: 128
Dimensions: 6.5 (w) x 9.25 (h)
David A. D'Apice is a historian, marketing communications professional, and collector of rare historic documents. His efforts to preserve Billerica's history include the restoration of several period buildings in town and the digitization of 1,200 glass-plate negatives and nearly 2,000 pages of the town's earliest historical records.
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