Thursday, March 8, 2007

Boston to Northborough cont

At 33 m. is the junction with the Old Boston Post Rd. and the Southwest cut-off.

Right on this road at 2.3 miles is the Artemas Ward Homestead. Ward, first commander in chief of the Continental Army, later became chief justice of the Court of Common Pleas. The estate is now the property of Harvard University, and the house, largely unaltered, contains the Ward family furnishings.. (L, Gen. Ward)

Just west of the Town Hall is the Common, near which in Colonial days were the stocks and whipping post... The first person sent to these stocks was their manufacturer. His only payment for making them was the remittance of a fine for some previous misconduct.

Us 20 west of 33 m. is known as the Southwest Cutoff, a three lane express highway passing few points of interest and avoiding large communities.

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