Moses and His Mill

southbridge

Do we ever really know what is under our feet? Do we know what is in our backyard? Do we know who came before us?

I have always been fascinated with local history. Growing up in Southbridge, MA,

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Central Mills, Southbridge, MA

a New England mill town,  I have always looked at my surroundings and wondered about what came before.  Wherever I travel I always look at the landscape, the roads, the stores, the houses and try to read the stories they have to tell.

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Rails to Nowhere

New Haven RR Railroad Signal Southbridge

Travel through almost any town in Northeastern, the Mid-Atlantic or the Mid-west and you are bound to come across an abandoned rail line and associated buildings.

In my home town we have one actual railroad (N.Y. & N.H.)  and a second that was begun but never finished (Southern New England). Today we will begin by looking at the one that actually saw service on the now abandoned rails.

Orginially chartered as the Southbridge & Blackstone in 1849 but was not built until 1866 – 1867. By this time

New Haven Southbridge
An abandoned section of the New York, New Haven and Hartford

it was owned by the Boston, Hartford and Erie (BH&E).  This line was a spur track and never generated the traffic hoped for.

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