Monthly Archives: September 2010

Noble and Cooley Drum Factory (1872)

In 1852, master mechanic Silas Noble began manufacturing toy drums in his kitchen. In 1854, Noble and his partner, James Cooley (who handled the business side of their operation and whose descendants still run the business), built a factory in … Continue reading

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The Joel Root House (1816)

In the Spelman Genealogy (1910), Fannie Cooley Williams Barbour writes of Elizabeth Lucins Spelman Brown: Mrs. Brown spent much of her girlhood in the “Old Spelman Red House,” and received the names of her two grandmothers, Hayes and Kent. Soon … Continue reading

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Old Meeting House, Granville (1802)

Granville‘s first Congregational meeting house was built in 1747 and replaced by the current Old Meeting House in 1802. The gable-roofed structure, which lost its steeple in a gale in 1840, was remodeled in 1890. The present front columns were … Continue reading

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J.M. Gibbons Store (1934)

This week we’ll be looking at buildings in Granville, which is in Hampton County on the border with Connecticut. A local landmark is the Granville Country Store, famous for its cheese. John Murray Gibbons developed the recipe and aging process … Continue reading

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First Congregational Church of Natick (1876)

The earliest Congregational Church in Natick was founded in 1651 by John Eliot and served the Natick Praying Indians, who were settled in what is now South Natick. After the retirement in 1799 of Rev. Stephen Badger, last pastor to … Continue reading

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St. Patrick’s Church, Natick (1892)

St. Patrick’s Catholic parish in Natick was established in 1856. Parishioners worshiped in local halls and private homes before the church on East Central Street was built in 1892. At some point, the original steeple was replaced by the current … Continue reading

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Casey’s Diner (1922)

A famous Natick landmark is Casey’s Diner, famous for its steamed hot dogs. Casey’s began as a horse-drawn lunch cart on Natick Common. In 1927, Fred Casey purchased a 1922 Diner, originally located in Framingham, and brought it to Natick. … Continue reading

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