Westborough Architectural Walking Tour 1: “Miracles on Main Street”
Westborough TV is proud to release the first in a series of digital videos on historic Westborough’s downtown built environment, based on last year’s monthly offering, “Architectural Walking Tours (with Music!)”
The program of 12 walks was gifted to the town by Westborough residents R. Christopher Noonan and Luanne Crosby in celebration of its 300th Anniversary, with the intention of placing the history of Westborough’s economic, cultural, social and natural resources within the context of the region, the nation and the world.
Watch the debut presentation online here at www.westboroughtv.org or tune in to Westborough TV’s public channels, Verizon 24 or Charter 191.
The first video was produced from tour #1, “Miracles on Main Street: Local Community Development Principles,” using live footage from the day itself along with historic photos gleaned from the town’s archives, to tell the story of Main Street’s evolution from the early 18th century to the present. The audience is invited along, to learn about Westborough’s architectural history, its mixed-used residential and commercial institutions, and its growth through the years from an agricultural to a manufacturing economic base and finally to where it is today. It culminates with Luanne’s seminal 300th Anniversary song, The 100th Town, written as a tribute to Westborough’s historic evolution and which she played at many town events throughout 2017.
Video productions of the other 10 walks will be released as they are finished, allowing viewers to experience the 400 acre historic downtown Westborough village with its approximately 500 historic buildings, open space, objects, parks and landscapes. Even the important 2700 acre Cedar Swamp adjacent to the historic downtown is included.
Due to their popularity, the tours will continue in 2018 on a quarterly basis, in coordination with the Westborough Library and Westborough TV. The first program will focus on the west side of Westborough Historic Downtown Village; From Head to Toe: Westborough’s Early Mercantile Period (Village Southwest Quadrant). Participants will meet at 1:00 PM Sunday, April 15, 2018 at the Westborough Public Library, 55 West Main Street. For a complete schedule of the 2018 Walking Tours, visit the Westborough Library website. www.westboroughlib.org