Charlton Through Time

Author(s): Frank Morrill and Hannah Morrill 

ISBN: 9781625451101
£10.49 £14.99
The fascinating journey through the history of Charlton, Massachusetts illustrated with old and modern photographs.
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By the mid 19th century eighty per cent of Charlton land was used for agricultural purposes. The railroad arrived in 1838 giving the farmer new markets.  The dairy industry, from which Charlton received its moniker “cow town”, expanded up to WWI, then began a long decline, and has now vanished. As the 20th century drew closer, small shops along the many waterways began to be absorbed by larger mills which are now gone. 

Charlton’s excellent school system and its geographic location with its proximity to Worcester, Springfield, Hartford and Boston resulted in a dramatic population increase in the latter part of the 20th century.

In 1920 the population was 1,995, by 1970 it had slowly increased to 4,654, then it was “discovered” and today it is over 13,000.

Today, taking a leisurely walk through the woodlands of Charlton will result in viewing stonewalls in every direction, evidence of once open fields cleared of stones by hard working farmers of a bygone time.

BOOK ISBN 9781625451101
FORMAT 235 x 165 mm
BINDING Paperback
PAGES 96 pages
PUBLICATION DATE 15 November 2014
ILLUSTRATIONS 92 black-and-white and 92 colour photographs




Frank J. Morrill is an active member of the local historical community. A retired History and Law teacher, he has co-authored Worcester 1880-1920and Worcester in the Postcard Series with Eric J. Salomonsson and William O. Hultgren. Morrill also reproduces historically significant prints, from his archives, through his business Prints of the Past. Hannah E. Morrill is a 5th grade middle school student with an interest in History. She enjoys horseback riding, reading and piano playing. This is her first book collaboration.