The History and Mystery of Foxborough’s Lakes and Streams with Jack Authelet

The 2014/15 season of the Foxborough Historical Society will conclude on May 26 with a presentation by Town Historian Jack Authelet on the lakes and streams of Foxborough and how they affected our development. The first families to settle in this area which would become Foxborough were dependent upon finding an area where they could dig a well to provide for family needs and have sufficient water for cattle and crops. They found water ample to their needs in the small streams cutting through the countryside or flowing from the woodlands. They had no need to question the origin of the flow: they just had to know it would continue, and it did in quantities sufficient that they would one day move beyond their dependence upon the land into a new age of water-powered manufacturing and the prosperity it provided with hundreds of jobs. But how could a small stream rising from an area of no value as a homestead or pasture become the main supply of a series of lakes and ponds, provide water for two of the town’s pumping stations as well as cranberry bogs and power for several major manufacturing operations and cooling for another? The source of that stream, as well as the water coming down hill to greet visitors as they hike to the highest levels of the F. Gilbert Hills State Park and the locations in town where you can hear water running underground are some of the mysteries to be explored by Town Historian Jack Authelet for his presentation on Foxborough’s Lakes and Streams. “Anywhere people travel in Foxborough, they see lakes and streams, countless places where water passes under the road, and are generally unaware of the mystery and majesty of it all,” said Authelet. “It is an exciting history, a marvel of how much of it comes together, a mystery of one water source for which the depth has never been determined.” The program, with photos of each of the waterways discussed, will be presented at the Foxborough Historical Society on Tuesday, May 26, at 7:30 p.m. in the Boyden Library (lower level) at the corner of Bird Street and Baker Street in Foxborough center.

Parking is available on nearby streets and against Foxborough common. Remember, do not park at Aubuchon Hardware as you may be towed.

Meetings of the historical society are free and all are invited. For further information, call Patrick Lyons, 508-543-3728.

October meeting of the Historical Society

The Watergate hotel in Washington, DC. This is where it all began in June 1972  With a “third rate burglary.” It ended with the resignation of a President.

The Watergate hotel in Washington, DC. This is where it all began in June 1972 with a “third rate burglary.” It ended with the resignation of a President.



Guest Speaker: Dr. Gary Hylander

Tuesday, October 22, 2013, 7:30 p.m.

at Boyden Library, 10 Bird Street, Foxborough, MA

The October meeting of the Foxborough historical society will feature popular lecturer Dr. Gary Hylander telling the story of the so-called Watergate crisis, which threw the country into tumult back in 1974 with the resignation of a President. It started in June 1972, when five burglars were arrested inside the Democratic National Committee Headquarters at the Watergate hotel in Washington, D.C.The five suspects who were arrested by the police that night were carrying expensive cameras, sophisticated electronic equipment and a large amount of cash.  All five men gave false names to the police. When the suspects were arraigned the following morning, James McCord caught the attention of reporters, Woodward and Bernstein, and Judge Sirica, when he identified himself as a retired CIA officer and security coordinator for the Committee to Re-elect the President (CREEP). What followed was the gravest Constitutional crisis since the Civil War.

The meeting will be Tuesday evening October 22, at 7:30 pm, in the lower level meeting room of the Boyden Library. The public is welcome! (Please enter by the Baker Street entrance.)




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250 Years and Counting…

Please join town historian Jack Authelet, the Serenading Seniors and your friends and neighbors for this wonderful event!

Friday, June 7th at 7pm on the town Common

Celebrating the Sense of Community which led to erecting the Meeting House and becoming a town.

    Families living here in what would become Foxborough had pushed to the outer limits of their respective communities of Wrentham, Walpole, Stoughton and Stoughtonham (now Sharon). Theirs was a hardscrabble existence, very dependent upon the land, and they came to have much more in common as friends and neighbors than as residents of distant places.

    A sense of community grew out of their friendship, drawing them closer with each challenge, stronger with each need they were able to meet together and soon, there would be no doubt: they wanted to be one, not part of four.

    It was 250 years ago that their sense of community, which had become a bond, took tangible form. It was in 1763 that they had the strength, the sense of shared destiny and the courage to come together as people of faith, pooling their resources and sharing their strength to erect a Meeting House on what would become the Common and hiring a minister as a prerequisite to filing a petition with the Legislature. They would ask to be set aside as a town of their own.

    Their sense of community and their faith led to Foxborough being incorporated as a town and becoming a place of many faiths.

    That is cause for celebration, and on Friday evening, June 7, which is the start of Founders Day weekend, we will gather once again on the Common as they did in 1763 as a community of faith, celebrating the sense of community which first drew them together and that has sustained us, generation to generation, bringing us together again in 2013.