Artifacts of the Week

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Crossbow From the collection This handmade crossbow was made of pine, with attached pieces made of hickory. A string would have been affixed to the firing mechanism to propel an

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YMCA Summer Camp From the collection The panoramic photos are of a YMCA summer camp at Nabnasset Lake in 1915. According to the donor, the camp was located at today’s

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Fletcher Granite Quarry From the collection This photo of the Fletcher Quarry at Oak Hill was taken in September 1966. Saws were not yet fully introduced to the quarrying process,

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Col. John Robinson House From the military exhibit The photo was taken on Oct. 1907, on the plot known as 19 Robinson Rd today. John (1735-1805) and Huldah Robison (1765-1812)

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Courier Sampler After the Abbot Worsted Co. moved out of Westford in the 1950s, Murray Printing purchased the Forge Village mill. Courier subsequently purchased Murray in 1966. The colorful satirical sampler

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Abbot Postcard The ca. 1915 black and white postcard depicts the Abbot Worsted Company’s mill and canal in Westford’s Forge Village. It was addressed to a Miss C.H. Canfield, 26

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Nettie Maria Stevens’ Scientific Art The pressed ferns and watercolor flowers were made by geneticist Nettie Stevens (1861-1912) after 1872. The flowers depicted are columbine and pansies. Nettie Stevens was

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Anvil On display in the museum The 18th century blacksmith’s anvil was known as a “Colonial Conical Horn 5th Foot Anvil.” It was produced in England for the Colonies, probably

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Soldiers’ Monument Programmes These programs were made for Westford’s Civil War Monument 1910 dedication and Memorial Day 1915. The one for the dedication featured the menu and order of events.

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Civil War Veterans Photograph The black and white photograph features remaining Civil War Veterans of Westford in 1915. From right to left, the four confirmed are: Sarah Whitney Bicknell (1846-1937)

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School Bus Watercolor The watercolor was painted by William “Bill” Atwood Millett (1922-2007) prior to 1970. It features the northern tip of the Town Common. At least two features are

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Lithograph of Commodore Joel Abbot Joel Abbot was born in Westford 1793. Though enrolled in Westford Academy in 1812, Joel opted for a career in the US Navy, and was

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