Maynard author and historian David Mark will speak about the process by which proposals were submitted to create a new town, and how the boundaries of that new town were set. Prior to Maynard becoming Maynard, land south of the Assabet River was part of Sudbury, north of the river, Stow.
Growth of the woolen mill and other factories powered by the river resulted in a population explosion on the border, far from the churches and schools of the primarily farmland towns. Petitions were submitted for (and against) creation of a new town. Compromises were made on size. The new town made compensation payments. Given that Amory Maynard owned much of the land and employed most of the people, the town naming vote was “unanimous.”
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