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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The Sudbury River

I am constantly amazed at the power of Mother Nature. Every New Englander has felt her wrath in one form or another and I’m sure each of us has a story to tell our grandchildren. The Blizzard of ’78, Hurricane Bob, you name it. But the rain event of the last couple of days serves as a reminder of what […]

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Unionville

Where’s Unionville? Well, if you are a home recipient of the Directions you are probably sitting within its boundaries right now. Unionville became Ashland when the town was incorporated in 1846. More on that in a minute, but let’s look at the composition of Unionville. The village was equal parts of Framingham and Hopkinton, and 20% Holliston, give or take […]

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Cloyes House

I’ve always enjoyed walking by some of the older homes in Ashland, and have had the opportunity to visit a number of them. The Ocean House, which is currently the home of the Ashland Historical Society, is one of my favorites. Walking through the rooms you can almost sense the many lives that made the house a home. There are […]

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Ocean House History

The Owners of Ocean House The Ocean House was built in 1748 by Colonel John Jones (b.1683 known as John Jones Esq.). An addition to the house was built about 1763. This addition is the East side of the house which includes the distinctive “Beverly Jog.” The new portion of the house was most likely occupied by John Jones, Esq. […]

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