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Shrewsbury Massachusetts History – Questions and Answers

Shrewsbury has always been one of the most unique and historic communities in the state. Yet how many really can consider themselves experts on the history of our amazing town?  Here are 15 quick and easy questions that a true Shrewsbury expert can answer.

1. The Boston Post Road originated as a sequence of old indian trails.  These ran from Boston all the way to New York, right through Shrewsbury.    Name two current Shrewsbury streets that were part of the Boston Post Road.

2. The “post” road was named as the road along which the mail travelled.   Long before that, however, the “post road” went by a much different name.  What was that name?

3. In order to establish to cost of sending a letter, one of our founding fathers, in his capacity with the newly formed postal service, installed a sequence of stone markers, three of which exist in Shrewsbury today, two of them being on the registry of historic places.  Who had these markers placed there.  For extra credit, identify the location of all three of them in Shrewsbury.

4. In the earliest days of Shrewsbury, our town was the home of several mills, producing lumber and other products.   Where was the first Mill, and who built it?

5. Who was Shrewsbury’s very first Settler, and where was his home located.

6. On what date was Shrewsbury first incorporated?

7. The Congregational Church is one of the most recognizable properties in our town.  When it was built, in 1766, however, it was in a different spot.  Who knows where it was and why it looked much different than it does today?

8. Upon The Marquis deLayafette’s return to the new “United States of America” trees were planted in his honor along the route that he travelled.  One of these trees still exists in Shrewsbury. Who knows what type of tree it is and where it is located?

9. The largest industry in the area of “South Shrewsbury” in the mid to late 1700’s was what?

10. Most of the original settlers of Shrewsbury were residents of which metro-west community?

11.  Many of the original settlers have roads named after them in our town.   Which Shrewsbury street is named for the first pastor of the congregational church.

12. Lake Quinsigamond was originally called by what name?

13. Much is talked about the founding fathers of Shrewsbury, but little is made of the founding mothers, who were arguably even more important.   One in particular has a road named after her in town. Who was Sarah Trowbridge?

14. One of Shrewsbury’s residents passed away in 2006 at the age of 98, and only after her passing was her claim to worldwide fame really discussed publicly.  What was her name, and why was she famous?

15. In the days when the White City amusement park was at it’s peek, people would come from all around to watch what animal dive off a high platform into Lake Quinsigamond.

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