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Throwback Thursday: Grist Mill at Wayside Inn

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Jul 07, 2016 @ 11:57 AM

Across Massachusetts there are landmarks that welcome visitors to explore local history. Tiny pockets of what life was like before our modern conveniences. In Sudbury, the Grist Mill at Wayside Inn has operated as a functional mill and as an educational tool since the early 1900s.

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Throwback Thursday: Celebrating the Fourth of July

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Jun 30, 2016 @ 11:46 AM

This weekend, communities across Massachusetts will celebrate the anniversary of our nation’s independence with Fourth of July festivities. It won’t be uncommon to drive through towns and see signs for firework displays, cookouts, yard sales, and parades. Afterall, everyone loves a parade.

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Throwback Thursday: Nantasket Beach in the 1930s

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Jun 23, 2016 @ 10:24 AM

This week marks the first official week of summer. The days are longer, the nights are shorter, and the beaches are about to get more crowded. Soon, residents and tourists will be visiting the beaches of Massachusetts enjoying some summer fun. The shores of bays, lakes, ponds, and oceans will be full of people soaking in the sun and get some well needed rest and relaxation. When it comes to beach vacations, not much has changed over the years.

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Throwback Thursday: Minot's Ledge Lighthouse

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Jun 16, 2016 @ 11:54 AM

When we leave land and travel out to sea, it’s not uncommon to look back and see a lighthouse protecting the shore. These warning beacons line the coast of Massachusetts and warn ships of shallow depth, rocky shores, and act as navigation markers to offer them safe passage. Minot’s Ledge Light, located off the coast of Cohasset has protected boats from running aground since the mid-nineteenth century.

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Throwback Thursday: Hood Rubber Company in Watertown

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Jun 09, 2016 @ 01:28 PM

During the industrial revolution, Massachusetts was home to many innovative and successful businesses. One such factory was the Hood Rubber Company in Watertown. The business, founded by Frederic Clark Hood and Arthur Needham Hood, began as a 70,000 square foot plant and eventually had a facility that covered 45 acres and employed more than 9,000 people.

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Throwback Thursday: Building the Weston Aqueduct

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, Jun 02, 2016 @ 10:56 AM

One thing that all cities and towns have in common is that they depend on a fully functioning infrastructure to attract residents and businesses to their community. A well maintained grid of roads, water pipes, easy access to utilities and power lines aren’t always thought of when people move or visit a town. However, without any one of them, commercial and residential growth is not sustainable. One of the largest local infrastructure projects was the completion of the Weston Aqueduct.

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Throwback Thursday: Commercial Street in Provincetown, Ma

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, May 26, 2016 @ 11:10 AM

You have waited all winter and spring to see the sun shine and feel the weather warm up, and finally the wait is over. This weekend, we celebrate Memorial Day and honor our nation’s fallen soldiers; but we also recognize that it’s the unofficial start of summer. Soon, families will be planning barbeques and road trips to experience some of our state’s gorgeous seaside communities. One of the oldest and most beautiful is Provincetown, Massachusetts, located at the very tip of Cape Cod.

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Throwback Thursday: Fore River Shipyard

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, May 19, 2016 @ 11:17 AM

If you grew up in any of the coastal communities in Massachusetts, you probably spent a fair amount of time watching boats glide across the water. Since the first European settlers landed here, life on the water has been second nature to Commonwealth residents. For more than 200 years, our local economy has flourished because of the work done by merchants, fishermen, whalers, and boat builders. There’s a good chance you, or someone you know, has made their living on the deck of a ship. From 1901 to 1986, the Fore River Shipyard was one the region’s leading boat manufacturers.

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Throwback Thursday: Pleasure Island in Wakefield

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, May 12, 2016 @ 11:40 AM

When I think of amusement parks, I automatically think of destination vacations in warm weather locations. Admittedly, this is unfair, because in the last two years I’ve celebrated local parks like Edaville Railroad and learned about a popular 19th century amusement park in Hingham. In the 1960s, Massachusetts residents didn’t need to travel to Anaheim, California to find roller coasters, A-list celebrities, or stage shows; they could visit Pleasure Island in Wakefield.

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Throwback Thursday: Your Community Blacksmith

Posted by Nick Pizzolato on Thu, May 05, 2016 @ 12:39 PM

There is nothing more frustrating than being stuck on the side of the road when your car’s tire goes flat. You have someplace to be, and now you have to wait for a tow truck to help you change the tire or bring you to a garage. Imagine how much worse it could be if instead of a car, you were traveling in a horse drawn carriage. Just like modern transportation, their wheels broke and their horses would become incapable of pulling your cart if they broke a shoe. Back then, there was no tow truck, but your garage would’ve been the local blacksmith.

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