Weekly Update for April 6, 2019

Hello friends! Although it is a bit chilly out, there are signs of spring everywhere! Birds are busy nesting, flowers are coming up through the ground, and temps are slowly warming.

Our Open House will be held this Sunday from 1-5 p.m. This is a change from our usual second Sunday. We will be hosting Oliver Ames High School seniors who will be presenting their senior projects. Moving the open house up a week was necessary to meet the students school calendar needs. We presented this program last year and it was a hit! These students have taken on a diverse range of projects that involves working with a mentor in their chosen field of study. Below is more information on the program, and a link to the student project website. I encourage you to attend, talk with the students about their projects, and listen to their presentations. It is well worth your time, and it is a great way to encourage our Easton youth. I hope you will join us! For more information:

The Easton Historical Society will be hosting an open house for this years Oliver Ames Senior Project class on Sunday, April 7. A formal presentation by the students will take place between 1-2pm with walk in hours to view student work. Senior Project is a class at Oliver Ames that allows students to design a project and experience outside of the classroom. This is achieved under the guidance of a mentor by conducting fieldwork, writing a research paper, creating a digital portfolio, reflection through journal entries and through a final presentation to a panel of teachers, administrators and community members.

Here is the Senior Project website that has information on each project:


Last week I shared a photo of the trolley in Eastondale, and I received several interesting remarks. Thank you! I like hearing back from you regarding these weekly emails, and I hope you continue to find them interesting and educational. Feel free to pass them along to your family and friends!

I also asked a question about railroad related buildings in Easton, and as promised, here is what I know:

Of course, our Museum is the former Old Colony Railroad Station, one of four stations that were once in operation in Easton (the other three being a busy station near Easton Center, and smaller stations at South Easton and Eastondale). A few other railroad-related buildings survive. Behind The Evangelical Congregational Church of Easton at the intersection of Depot and Center Streets, there is a small two-story building that was once part of the complex of buildings at the Easton Center stations. Originally this stood very near Ace Hardware (which I still refer to as Fernandes Lumber). The building was moved from there to its present site in the 1940's or 1950's, and was used for Sunday School classes, one class meeting on each floor. I had several years of classes in that building.

Another former railroad building survives in Eastondale! The house at 28 Pine Street was once owned by old friend Chris Brophy, and when the Eastondale line was closed in the late 1930's, Chris had the small Eastondale Station freight house moved and attached to the rear of his home, where it became a kitchen / pantry. My father and Chris were good friends, and when Chris needed some wiring done in that addition, he told my father where the building came from.

Two other houses have some connection to the railroad. The old Torry House at 91 Main Street was built in 1830. In 1864 it became the property of the Old Colony and Newport Railroad, who was doing work at that time extending the Easton Branch Railroad line south. Between 1864 and 1867, the house was used to board workers constructing the extension to the line. In 1867 the railroad sold the property and it became a boarding house for the Ames Shovel Company.

The other house with a railroad connection is the small cape at 76 Short Street, built in 1840. When the railroad extended the former Easton Branch line through town, the tracks crossed next to this house. By the 1870's the house may have been lived in by someone who tended to the railroad crossing, but more research needs to be done on the history of that property to clarify the relationship between the house, its occupants, and the railroad business.

Until next week,


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