MISSION STATEMENT

The purpose and goal of the Shrewsbury Historical Society shall be to keep alive and increase interest in the history of the Town of Shrewsbury; to collect and preserve items of special value, traditions, and curiosities; to encourage general public interest in the Society's work and to maintain such personal properties and real estate that may come under the control of the Society.

ADDRESS

Shrewsbury Historical Society

P.O. Box 641

Shrewsbury, MA 01545

508-842-5239

shrewsburyhistory@townisp.com

© 2019 Shrewsbury Historical Society

Elizabeth Ward

1840 - 1900

Opening lines from her book,

OLD TIMES IN SHREWSBURY MASSACHUSETTS, Gleanings from History and Tradition

Copyright 1892

THERE are moments in history which shine out brightly through the centuries, and to us, who are looking back into the dimness of the past to catch every ray of light that can show us more of the lives of those who came before us, they are full of the most intense interest.

Events which seemed trivial to those who were the actors, even as the daily happenings of our lives seem to us, are surrounded with an interest that increases as time passes, and we gather every fragment of a story pertaining to the home life of those who a century ago moved about among these familiar scenes, and linking them together find how our forefathers lived, what heroic deeds they accomplished, what hardships they endured, and in all respects what manner of men and women they were who subdued the wilderness for us, and made the paths smooth in which our more tender feet were to tread.