“Foxborough’s Proud Past,” a historical photo quilt of early Foxboro, will be raffled off on Founders Day, Saturday, June 8.
The quilt was put together by Cherie Leighton Goodwin, who collaborated with Town Historian Jack Authelet.
Along with Founders Day, raffle tickets will be available at Thursday night’s Famers Market on the Common. Tickets are $3, or two for $5.
The winner of the quilt will receive a narrative booklet with the history of each photo, written by Authelet. All of the proceeds will be donated to the Foxboro Historical Commission for the restoration of archive material and gravestones in old cemeteries in town.
The quilt shows the town’s history, from its birth to how its people worshiped, educated their children, grew from farms to factories, progressed in terms of women’s advancements, and experienced its darkest hour in 1900, when the Town House burned down and three firefighters were killed.
Photos include the Meeting House, First House in the center, American Hall, The Lincoln Block, Reservoir on Powder House Hill, The Common, Union Building, Town House, Hedges Brothers, Great Bonnet Shop, original fire station, 1927 fire station, Foxboro State Hospital, First Pumping Station, Memorial Hall, Caton Bros. Hat Co., Inman Kimball, Union Straw Works, The Foxboro Company, Bethany Congregational Church, Baptist Church, Saint Mary’s Church, St. Mark’s Church, Cocasset Mills, Universalist Church, Quaker Hill School, Pratt School, Paine School, Everett School, downtown Foxboro, First Trolley through center, Railroad Depot, Bird and Railroad Avenue., Carpenter School and Center School.
“Cherie is an accomplished craftsman but also her family is steeped in local history,” Authelet said. “(It’s) a perfect combination for such a masterpiece.”
Goodwin said she spent about 15 hours on the photo quilt, and her favorite part was working with Authelet and learning so much of the town’s history.
The challenge was sizing 35 photos.
Goodwin said she loves them all but if she had to choose one, her favorite would be Memorial Hall.
“It’s such a grand building,” she said.
After a visit to Authelet’s house and narrowing down what they would use, Authelet emailed the photos to Goodwin.
They had several meetings, planning and brainstorming different ideas for the quilt.
“I cannot believe the quality of the reproduction and the number of photos that represents so much for Foxboro’s history,” Authelet said.