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.