Mendon, Worcester County, Massachusetts Genealogy
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20 Main Street
In the mid 1600's a group of inhabitants from Braintree and Weymouth petitioned the General Court (Massachusetts' legislative body) for permission to settle a new town. On May 28, 1659 the General Court granted the petitioners permission to seek out a place and present their desires to the General Court along with the names of those who were to do the work. In 1660, the group was granted a plantation of 8 miles square to begin their society.
(see more of the article at Town Hall's site)
Mendon is historically a rural, agrarian community located in the Blackstone Valley. Mendon is the second oldest town in Worcester County, and the community has one of the best-preserved Federal/Greek Revival hilltop village centers in the state, adjacent to large tracts of open space. Much of the remaining town is undeveloped land, and there is also a large lake of over 90 acres. Most of the town's streams and rivers are part of the Blackstone River's drainage basin. At a community level, the above atmosphere acts as a backdrop for large, regional activities like the annual Country Fair which brought 14,000 visitors, the Strawberry Festival which drew 4,000 participants and the 325th Anniversary Celebration in 1992 which involved the whole town. (Town of Mendon)