As told by way of a squirrel sharing of the name Ezra.
West Boylston Historical Society
I visited with the historical society and posted photos of the visit. I discussed my small purchases. Now, I wish to share the little treasured book that I purchased title:
The Tale of Ezra Beaman by Benjamin A. Fancy
It is the story of the stone Trough and how it came to be where it is now. Beginning a glance at the plaque’s dedication;
The Watering Trough was erected in 1808 at the Beaman Tavern by Major Ezra Beaman, The Founder of West Boylston. It was relocated by the Citizens of West Boylston in 1930.
Ezra was the son of an inn-keeper who came to own a big piece of the town of
, not so named then. His
father’s tavern burn down and he built another with his own money. He built a
mill, and went into business making cloth. The town was prosperous because of
Ezra geniuses and hard work. West Boylston
It was decided, however, that part of the town would be filled in to serve as a reservoir to provide drinking water for the city of
During this time, the reservoir was a thriving manufacturing community with
several mills (six mills in all, eight schoolhouses, four churches, and three
hundred homes occupied by 1700 hundred people) all had to be moved or
As a result, many lost their jobs, and were forced to move to other areas. All of this moving was to ensure that the water would not be polluted. The only building left standing was the
. Old Stone
Another valuable item saved from the reservoir was The Stone Trough; it was 200 hundred years old, and as old as the town itself. The writing/ inscription reads that Major Ezra Beaman was the founder of West Boylston and the library named after him was given to the town by his grandson in 1912 and having it named after his grandfather, this famous ancestor.
When the Revolutionary War began, Ezra marched to
on Patriots Day as a lieutenant and before the war was over he was proclaimed a
major. He was a success at all he tried to do. Concord
Ezra was also a church going man and he tired of having to attend church all the way to Boylston every Sunday as he wanted something a bit closer. There appear to be disagreement from other town’s parishioners and since Ezra did not like to disagree, he decided that he would build his own church.
He accomplished this as well. He built a meetinghouse right where the Congregational church is today; thus began the separation from the town of
. And many years
before he had help the town of Boylston Boylston to
separate from . Shrewsbury, MA
The squirrel who shared the named Beaman was fascinated by the story his grandfather was relaying to him. And Beaman (the squirrel) was asked to retell of the story so as to keep the tale alive and in appreciation of this great legend; larger than life figure.
I encourage readers to learn more of this family and of the Tavern, now a home / holdings for the Historical Society’s url: http://www.wbhistory.org/society.htm
Thank you Donald Goodale for reminding me of this little treasured book that I had purchased during my visit with the Historical Society. I had forgotten that I did posed such a question as to what happened to the town, in that it was moved and pushed along to where it stands today. All for Water, (H2O), the stuff we cannot live without.
If one is to believe in Ezra Beaman, than one should believe in Ben Franklin who is father to us all and his self-made man concept. I think that Ezra demonstrated all of this during his lifetime.
Thank you for reading!