The stories behind two special spots in town won’t be forgotten, thanks to the historical commission’s efforts to place commemorative markers at spots nothing their historical significance.
The commission, with help from the town’s highway department, recently erected signs on Granite Street and Liberty street to ensure that passersby have the opportunity to learn about the spots and their importance in the community’s history.
The two new signs are among a collection of 14 markers placed throughout town to honor buildings, events and locations of historical significance, the commission said in a press release.
The new sign on Granite Street is located directly opposite Granite Terrace in a spot known as “Happy Hollow.”
Associate member Emelie Bonin explained the significance of the area, saying, “On a hot summer evening, the windows were open to catch the breeze off the lake. Musical selections by talented members of the Pettee family could be heard in these lower elevations of Granite Street. It was said the musically inclined family would gather at each other’s home for practice and the families had such a good time playing instruments and dancing that the intervale became known as ‘Happy Hollow.’”
The plaque placed there contains more information about the location.
The second marker is on Liberty Street, between town hall and CVS entrances, marking the location of a house that was home to several of Foxboro’s prominent families over the years.
Erastus Payson Carpenter, possibly Foxboro’s most influential resident was among the people that lived there.
He founded the Union Straw Works and also started the town’s first fire department, first printing plant, and served on committees that built the Town House and Memorial Hall. E.P. and his wife were responsible for the Victorian enhancements to the house in the 1870s.
In 2006 the house was in danger of demolition after it was purchased as a site for a new CVS store.
Local banker Richard Stevens successfully led a drive to move and restore it on the corner of Central and Clark Streets where it still stands today.
More information on the town’s historical markers can be found online by visiting www.foxboroughma.gov/UserFiles/Servers/Server_15207780/File/Boards%20and%20Committees/Historical%20Commission/hmarkers.pdf.