The Original Time Machine
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Uxbridge, a "mini tapestry of early America", marks the center of the Blackstone Valley Heritage Corridor, a key region of America's earliest industrialization. There are more than 375 state or national historic sites. Uxbridge was an incubator for textiles, power looms for woolens, cashmere woolens, and manufacturing of clothing and military uniforms, for over 140 years. The first woolen mill in the Blackstone Valley was built here in 1809. The Bachman Uxbridge Worsted Company's proposed 1954 buyout of the American Woolen Company would have created America's largest woolen conglomerate. The first Air Force Dress Uniform, "Uxbridge Blue", was made here. Uxbridge played key roles in women's rights with first woman voter, Lydia Taft, American Revolution soldier, Deborah Sampson, abolitionist Abby Kelley, and Massachusetts's first women jurors. Seth Reed fought at Bunker Hill, and was "instrumental" in adding E Pluribus Unum, ('From Many, One'), to U.S. Coins.
The Uxbridge Common is surrounded by historic buildings. This view is looking east across Rt 122.
The Wheelock House in Uxbridge is believed to have been built in 1768 or 69. The new photo was taken 4/18/2011.
This is located on the west edge of the common.
Frabotta's store has been a fixture in North Uxbridge for generations. Gone are the gas pumps, but little else has changed.
More to come.