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NORTHBRIDGE

Links: Town Official Site / Helpful Phone #s / Northbridge Geneaology, Etc. / Nat'l Register Historic Sites

 Whitinsville Past / Historic Overview // Northbridge of Old Photos

Welcome to Northbridge - or is it Whitinsville, Whitins Station, Linwood, Quaker City, Riverdale,or Plummers Corner, Rockdale or Riverdale? Northbridge stands as a testament to the success of mill villages throughout the 19th and 20th centuries when production was expanding so greatly that immigrant labor from Canada, Holland and Armenia was imported. Whitin Machine Works was a dominant textile machine manufacturer worldwide for nearly a hundred years along with several other mills - until the Depression set in. However, they flourished again until the downward turn in the 1950s with union demands and other factors. Now, these mills stand, mostly renovated into housing and various businesses along the Blackstone River.  Home of Lookout Rock through which the bike trails pass and which overlooks the meandering River below, this picturesque Valley community's outskirts are filled with horse farms and rural settings.  Northbridge is also the home to Alternatives, a social service agency with deep roots within the community, including a theatre stage for local groups and many other events throughout the year. The Whitin Center is a recreational and fitness facility offering two swimming pools, a gym that is for rent inexpensively at times, and weight training facilities, kids summer camps, a preschool and much more. 

Archive - Moving Wall 2001 Visit to Northbridge   Streetscape and Other Improvements /General Resources

Northbridge High School is known throughout the Valley as fielding some extremely competitive sports teams and big crowds attend most games, whatever the sport. A new high school was recently built.Northbridge is also home to the Whitinsville Christian School. An approval was recently acquired to upgrade the Streetscape and signage along Main Street. Northbridge is also home to the Blackstone Valley Chamber of Commerce which has over 600 members of local businesses. Its active Tourism Committee promotes local attractions and events highlighting the American Industrial and rural farmlands past. 

Northbridge Trail - Lookout Rock - This 4 mile long trail connects the Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park with the Upton State Forest and the Army Corp of Engineer's West Hill Dam recreation site to the Grafton and Upton Rail Trail. This trail was formerly a Nipmuc trail crossingt hrough forest, wetlands and the West River.

 

Northbridge Assets

 Plummers Landing (historical), Rockdale Village, Rockdale Pond, Blackstone River Canal, Riverdale cemetery, St Patrick's Cemetery, Carpenter Reservoir, Burdow Pond, Whiting Pond, Lackey Dam, Riley Pond, Pine Grove Cemetery, Whitinsville Country Club, Linwood Pond, Upton State Forest (portion), Mumford River, Whitin's Community Center, Bowling Alley, Whitin Mills  

GEORGE MARTSON WHITIN MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION, INC 
60 Main Street, Whitinsville, MA 01588 (a.k.a. Whitin Community Center) Historic Whitin
Park & John C. Whitin Historic Photo Gallery. 508-234-8184

A WALK WITH THE WHITINS

The walk includes the following stops:

HISTORICAL SOCIETY BUILDING 
1 Elm Place, Whitinsville, MA 015116 508-476-2893
Contact: William Brouwer

ALTERNATIVES UNLIMITED INC (1826) WHITIN BRICK MILL 
54 Douglas Road, Whitinsville, MA 01588 508-234-6232 fax: 508-234-6179
Contact: Email address: tom.saupe@alternativesnet.org
Website: www.altrntvs.org

1847 WHITIN COTTON MILL

NORTHBRIDGE TOWN HALL (1874) 
1 Main Street, Whitinsville, MA 01588 508-234-6833
Contact: Ken Warchol

GEORGE MARTSON WHITIN MEMORIAL ASSOCIATION, INC 
60 Main Street, Whitinsville, MA 01588 (a.k.a. Whitin Community Center) Historic Whitin
Park & John C. Whitin Historic Photo Gallery. 508-234-8184 fax: 508-234-0625
Contact: Alison Specter Email address: whitcomm@kersur.net
Website:
www.OurGym.org


THE ALDRICH SCHOOL 
Hill Street, Whitinsville, MA 01588 508-234-6310
Contact: Andrew Myres

The first Northbridge High School circa 1896.

VILLAGE CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 
Church Street, Whitinsville, MA 01588 508-234-5043
Contact: Spaulding Auldrich Email address: norma140@juno.com

WHITINSVILLE SOCIAL LIBRARY 
17 Church Street, Whitinsville, MA 01588 508-234-2151 ext 4 fax: 508-234-3718
Contact:
Christine McLaughlin / Elizabeth Shaughnessy Email address: cmclaughlin@northbridgemass.org
Website:
www.northbridgemass.org/wsl/wslhome.htm

Display of old photos and Whitin memorabilia.

MEMORIAL PARK // MEMORIAL SQUARE

Foppema's Farm

Shining Rock - scenic values, conservation area to east of School Street in Northbridge - site of historic Peppercorn Cider Mill - 150 fook rock cliff - mica rock

King Philip's Rock - scenic, geological values

Old Section of Canal and River - west of Blackstone River and P & W RR, east of Rte 122, south of Riverdale Cemetery, north of St Patricks cemetery. Privately owned, left intact since 1847 - well preserved section of canal towpath (od & Gun Club uses site). Will be along Bikeway.

West Hill Dam and Park

Whitinsville Resevoir System - 200 acres of undeveloped woods, water resources and wildlife habitat. High scenic, historic, hydrology, vegetation and habitat values - Trail system???

Rockdale Pond (polluted - stage?)- 15 acre - Watershed itself = significant habitat for fur-bearing mammals/waterfowl, hare, muskrat, mink

Plummers Landing - 1835 loaded quarry stone into canal boats

Mill Housing

Old Forge

Whitinsville Country Club - 1924 built by Whitins for executives and overseers

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Above: Town Hall and part of Alternatives 

 

Vintage Photos: