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The Brothers of the Brush...

and the Belles.

Written by Grey Almeida, Wrentham 350 Committee Member.

When the Wrentham 350 Planning Committee started to meet back in September 2021, we knew that part of our responsibility in planning the 2023 year-long celebration was to also share Wrentham's history. We started to share stories about Notable People of Wrentham, the History of the Congregational Church of Wrentham, and old pictures. It wasn't until we met up with Dottie Rose and her daughter, Cindy Morse, who grew up in Wrentham, that we realized

Dottie Rose and Cindy Morse
Dottie Rose and Cindy Morse

that our Committee wouldn't be fulfilling its role if we didn't share the story of the Brothers of the Brush and the Belles.

The Wrentham Brothers of the Brush and the Belles were founded in 1973 to celebrate Wrentham's 300th Anniversary. They played an integral part in planning and organizing the events as well as generating community interest and support. They were also hilarious.

The men joined the Brothers of the Brush and the women joined the Belles. The men wore felt tricorn hats while the women wore petticoats. The Brothers and the Belles had to wear their hats and petticoats any time they were out and about.