Worcester's Historical Highlights 1673- 1908    1911 to Current

1673 First settlement of Plantation of Quinsigamond 1835 Boston & Worcester RR opened. Fire Department established
1674 First Indian Land deed. Purchase price was 12 pounds, 2 coats and 4 yards of cloth for 64 square miles of land 1842 Charles Dickens visits Worcester
1675 Settlement abandoned because of hostile Indians 1843 Holy Cross founded
1684 Second attempted settlement. Name changed from Plantation of Quinsigamond to Worcester 1845 First High School built on Walnut Street
1702 Settlement again abandoned 1847 First telegraph office opened
1713 First permanent settlement by Jonas Rice (Rice Square) 1848 Worcester chartered as city, Levi Lincoln inaugurated as first mayor, Abe Lincoln gives speech at Town Hall
1722 Town of Worcester Incorporated 1850 First Women's suffrage national convention
1731 Named shire town of Worcester County 1854 Anti-slavery riot, first purchase of land for a public park in U.S. (Elm Park)
1738 First schoolhouse built at Lincoln Square 1855 William Makepeace Thackerey lectured in Worcester
1755-58 John Adams taught school here 1858 First annual Music festival held. An internationally noted event ever since
1763 Old South Meetinghouse built on site of present City Hall 1859 First intercollegiate  regatta on Lake Quinsigamond
1775 First newspaper printed by Isaiah Thomas. Worc has had continuous publication ever since. 1861 Worcester Horse Street Railroad Company incorporated, Free Public Library opened on Elm Street
1776 Post Office established, first public reading and publication of Declaration of Independence in New England 1865 Worcester Polytechnic Institute founded with a gift of land by Stephen Salisbury who became the first Chair of the Board of Trustees- The electric Magnetic Laboratory was constructed so that it's axis was in alignment with the earth's magnetic meridian. Worcester had villages of Fairmount, Tatnuck, Northville, Jamesville,  and New Worcester.
1783 First stagecoach line opened 1873 Chamber of Commerce organized
1784 Leicester Junior College founded as Leicester Academy 1874 State College at Worcester founded
1801 Worcester's first courthouse built 1879 Telephones first used in Worcester
1804 Worcester Bank chartered 1883 First use of electricity for street lighting
1807 Worcester to Boston Road opened 1887 Clark University and Becker Jr College founded
1812 American Antiquarian Society founded 1893 Horse cars replaced by electric trolleys
1824 Burials in the Common prohibited, Town Hall cornerstone laid, Marquis de Lafayette visits Worcester 1898 Present City Hall dedicated
1826 Blackstone Canal construction starts 1904 Assumption College founded
1828 Blackstone Canal opened 1905 Worcester Junior College founded
1834 Worcester Academy founded 1908 Boys Trade School opened