Historical Sketch Worcester County, MA
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THIS county was incorporated in 1731, and was the tenth county formed in the state. This is the largest county in Massachusetts. Its territory is larger than the whole state of Rhode Island, and its population greater than that of the state of Delaware. The county crosses the state, from New Hampshire on the north to Connecticut and Rhode Island on the south: It is sixty miles in length from north to south, and thirty seven in width, from east to west. The surface of this county is rather undulating than very hilly. The soil is generally strong, and produces all kinds of grain, grasses, fruits, &c. common to its climate. Till within a few years almost all the people were farmers, and the great body still cultivate the soil. For the last few years many of the inhabitants have been employed in manufactures, especially in the southern part of the county. Water privileges abound in almost every town. Its principal rivers are the Blackstone, Quinebaug, Nashua, Ware, Millerís, and Mill rivers. The only elevation in the county which can properly be called a mountain is Wachusett. The following is a list of the towns, which are 55 in number.

Ashburnham,..

Grafton,

Northbridge,

Sterling,

Athol,

Hardwick,

N. Brookfield,

Sturbridge,

Auburn,

Harvard,

Oakham,

Sutton,

Barre,

Holden,

Oxford,

Templeton,

Berlin,

Hubbardston,

Paxton,

Upton,

Bolton,

Lancaster,

Petersham,

Uxbridge,

Boylston,

Leicester,

Phillipston,

Warren,

Brookfield,

Leominster,

Princeton,

Webster,

Charlton,

Lunenburg,

Royalston,

Westborough,

Dana,

Mendon,

Rutland,

West Boylston,

Douglass,

Millbury,

Shrewsbury,

Westminster,

Dudley,

Milford,

Southborough,..

Winchendon,

Fitchburg,

New Braintree,..

Southbridge,

Worcester.

Gardner,

Northborough,

Spencer,

 

In 1820, the population of the county was 73,635; in 1830, it was 84,365; in 1837, it was 96,551.



FROM:
Historical Collections Relateing to the
History and Antiquities of
Every town in Massachusetts with
Geographical Descriptions.
By John Warner Barber.
Worchester
Published by Warren Lazell.
1848

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