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3.9 Identify historic buildings, monuments, or sites in the area and explain their purpose and significance.


massseal.gifMassHome provides a listing for historical sites in Massachusetts.

Old Colony Railroad Station, North Easton, Massachusetts, 1882-1884.  Architect: Henry Hobson Richardson.  Cornell University Library.
Old Colony Railroad Station, North Easton, Massachusetts, 1882-1884. Architect: Henry Hobson Richardson. Cornell University Library.

H. H. Richardson


The architect Henry Hobson Richardson designed nine railroad stations in Massachusetts in the late 19th century, several in collaboration with Frederick Law Olmstead, the designer of Central Park in New York City. Efforts are underway in western Massachusetts to save the station in Holyoke.

primary_sources.PNGClick here for more information on H. H. Richardson including his own description of the design and construction of Trinity Church in Boston.

Daniel Chester French

Minuteman Statue, by Daniel Chester French in Concord, Massachusetts.  Photo on Wikimedia Commons by dbking
Minuteman Statue, by Daniel Chester French in Concord, Massachusetts. Photo on Wikimedia Commons by dbking

The Minuteman Statute in Concord was created by Daniel Chester French. For more see, The Concord and Lexington Minuteman Statutes. Daniel Chester French also created the Lincoln Memorial.

The Hoosac Tunnel


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  • The Hoosac Tunnel established an east/west railroad line between Boston and Albany in New York State.

It was completed in 1875, and was the second largest tunnel in the world at the time.


Arrowhead and Herman Melville

Etching of Joseph O. Eaton's portrait of Herman Melville
Etching of Joseph O. Eaton's portrait of Herman Melville


The writer Herman Melville wrote Moby-Dick, The Confidence Man and other novels and short stories while living at Arrowhead in Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

For more on Melville, see The Life and Works of Herman Melville








Overlooking Quabbin Reservoir and former site of Enfield, now submerged.  Photo on Wikimedia Commons by John Phelan
Overlooking Quabbin Reservoir and former site of Enfield, now submerged. Photo on Wikimedia Commons by John Phelan

Quabbin Reservoir


For background, see Quabbin Reservoir from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

external image 200px-Hebrew_timeline.svg.pngQuabbin Reservoir Chronology

For photos, see The Quabbin Reservoir from The Connecticut River Homepage assembled by Professor Ed Klekowski, Department of Biology, University of Massachusetts Amherst.

See also, the Friends of the Quabbin website and Amherst College Interterm Project for historical and scientific information about the creation of reservoir.

external image Big_red_apple.jpgGo here for a civics lesson on the Quabbin using the children's book, Letting Swift River Go by Jane Yolen.



The first sport parachuting school opened in Orange, Massachusetts, May, 1959.
The first sport parachuting school opened in Orange, Massachusetts, May, 1959.