Do you remember where in Saxonville this farm was located?
School Street — where Walgreens Plaza is. The house was where the apartments are now.
Michael, Alfred, Joseph and Nicholas roads were named after the sons of what family? Where did the family live?
The Campanelli family lived in Brockton. For more information, visit the Framingham History Center's Blog (scroll down for the article).
Do you remember the "overflow?"
The "overflow" was an area on the west side of Lake Cochituate near Exit 13 on the Mass Pike. There was a cement wall on this edge of the lake, and when the reservoir was full, the extra water would spill over and you could stand under it. This was before there was any recreation on Lake Cochituate.
What is a Barney?
Beyond Chestnut Cottage (his Saxonville home), which he was always improving, and his gardens, Michael H. Simpson (former owner of the Saxonville Mills) created vast parks and rambles. When wheelwright Jairus Barney died in 1859, Simpson purchased his farm, which lay immediately west of the Cottage, approximately where Pinefield Shopping Plaza and the McAuliffe Branch Library stand in 2012. The house and wheelwright's shop were moved into Saxonville proper and converted into tenements. (Any surplus structure, including the old Edwards chapel and the Methodist Church, were converted into worker housing by Simpson.) Then Simpson dredged the swampy lowlands, creating Wildwood Pond, building bridges to reach an island he created in the middle. Generations later Saxonville residents referred to the area as "The Barney."
What was Water Street's original name?
South Pass to Marlbury
Where on School Street was the school?
It was where the parking lot is now across the street from the Saint George rectory. It was a public school.
Who remembers where the nativity scene used to be displayed on School Street during the 40s and 50s?
On the roof of Albie's Garage at 1 School Street.
The nativity scene was hand crafted from a masonite material with wood back framing in the garage bays at 1 School Street. They were hand painted there by Albie's uncle David Morey,
an accomplished artist. The job to place the scene on the roof was assisted by several Saxonville locals such as Bill King. The scene appeared annually from the early 40s through the late 50s.
Retired Fire Captain John Moore, who grew up on Central Street, reminisces about walking
to Midnight Mass at Saint George's and being in awe of the nativity scene.
What was known as the Black Road in Saxonville?
A Street. Coal residue from the mill was dumped and spread.
Do you remember where the Saxonville Library was before it moved to Nicholas Road?
Near the corner of Concord and Danforth Streets across from the Saxonville Mill. There is a parking lot there now.