In the Beginning

[No copy of the May 1975 issue of Ashland Directions has been found. The following history selection may have been the one printed.] So far as is known, the first white men to visit the territory which Ashland now embraces were John Oldham, Samuel Hall, and two others, who in 1633 traveled from Watertown to the Connecticut River in search […]

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Post Office

Post Office facilities were established in¬†Ashland, when the village was still known by the name of Unionville, in 1835. The business center was then apparently on the north end of Main Street, for it was in a mill store at that location that the first post office was established. That was on January 7, 1835. The office remained in that […]

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Magunco

This name is the name of an Indian Village that once stood on the south side of the Sudbury river and it has become intimately connected with the town in that it has been applied in these later times to the first hand fire¬≠ engine, to one of the markets, a club, and the hill on whose slope the village […]

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The Town Poor

The problem of providing a suitable town farm or almshouse for the poor arose shortly after Ashland was incorporated. For its first few years the town followed the common practice of “letting out” the paupers to the lowest bidders. However, in December, 1855 there appeared in the warrant for the town meeting an article relative to the purchase of a […]

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The Devil’s Den Revisited

I generally try to avoid revisiting places we have been before, but if there is a significant change to a historic place it warrants another look. When the new Ashland High School was designed, careful consideration was given to the impact a facility of its size would have on the surrounding areas. A lot of the focus was on the […]

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House on Top of the Hill

Before we look at today’s story, I would like to sadly note the passing of Ashland’s own Bill Cunis. Educator, coach, and all-around good guy, Bill was always involved in every aspect of life in Ashland. He wasn’t a politician, at least not in the classical sense, because he much preferred to work one-on-one with his students and athletes rather […]

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The Master of Time

Without mudding the waters with Einstein’s Theory of Relativity, the one thing we can depend upon is the constant of time. We all know from our high school physics class that the “second” is the standard of time in both the metric and English systems. We see the different systems everyday on our car’s speedometer where both kilometers/hour and miles/hour […]

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