Artifact of the Week

Featured Artifact of the Week

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 of significance. The first is the town’s War Memorial. It was erecte…

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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 appointed a midshipman on the frigate President at the outbreak of the War of 1812. He…

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Invitation to Daniel Nutting From the collection Invitation to Daniel Nutting (1756-1836) to attend the laying of the cornerstone of Bunker Hill Monument on June 17, 1825. The Boston, MA, monument was completed in 1843. Daniel served as a private in Ca…

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Photo of Oliver Caswell and Laura Bridgman From the collection Laura Dewey Bridgman (1829-1889) lost her sight and hearing as a child due to illness. She was born in Hanover, NH. Bridgman entered the Perkins School for the Blind at the age of eight. La…

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May Balch Doors Exhibited in museum and from the collection The doors were pained by Mary “May” Gertrude Balch (1875-1961) in 1935. They hung in her home at 28 Boston Rd. One door features a rustic woodland scene, and the other features a deer woodland…

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Town Scale Exhibited in the museum The scale originally lived in the Westford Town Hall, and is enclosed in a large wood cabinet, which was painted somewhat recently. A standardized means of accurately regulating weight in the nineteenth century and la…

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Rainbow Hawk-Eye Camera From the collection Front (Closed) Top Front (lens extended) Opened (film still inside) Our Rainbow Hawk-Eye Camera is a No. 2A Folding Model B. It was made around 1930. Loosely comparable to today’s memory card or internal devi…

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Cold Spring Farm Photo From the collection Cold Spring Rd and Depot St in 1887 Google Maps: Today Some street corners like at Brookside Mill in Nabnasset have not changed much over the last century. Others have changed more dramatically. The intersecti…

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Photo of Brookside Mill From the collection W.2002.7 — 1906 photo Brookside Mill 2010 (via Google Maps) This black and white photo of Brookside Mill (AKA Moore’s Mill) was taken in 1906. Notice the top level of the tower was removed, as well as t…

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Photo of Dr. Pamela Gay From the Westford Academy exhibit As a coed high school since its founding in 1793, the Westford Academy hosted several figures important to women’s history. Pamela Gay (1973 — ) was just one of them. She graduated from WA in 1…

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