Upcoming Presentation (11/16/17) - sponsored by the Pearly L. Crawford Memorial Library Genealogy Group (Dudley, MA)
Colonial Massachusetts was settled by more than just those hardy Pilgrims who stepped off the Mayflower to establish the Plymouth Plantation. The arrival of Puritans over the following two decades, known as "The Great Migration," started the ball rolling for successive generations and cultures to move into the western wilderness of the Massachusetts Bay Colony.
Dudley, MA has its own story that adds a twist to typical colonial settlement patterns. As a border town between Massachusetts and Connecticut, it was established on protected Nipmuc land with its beginnings among French Huguenot refugees and Connecticut Colony investors.
This evening's presentation will follow a specific family as it arrives in the New World to eventually settle the Marlborough Plantation. The Town of Dudley's history will be compared and contrasted with the typical settlement patterns of a generic colonial town to illustrate its uniqueness.
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Beth Finch McCarthy