Industry & Trades

Most of the land used for farming was cleared of wood before the Revolutionary War and then used for pasture and tillage.

The earliest powder horns retained traditional European designs, but that changed as the work of a few engravers showed evidence of a transition.

New England rifles are noted, not only for their artistic design, but also for their accuracy and the superb quality of the workmanship.

Captain Seth Pratt was the founder of the tanning and currying industry in Shrewsbury, Massachusetts with his son, Colonel Numphas Pratt continuing the trade. 


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.


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