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Wrentham Timeline

WRENTHAM THROUGH THE YEARS...

1660: 5 men from Dedham sent to explore present day Wrentham


1673: Wrentham Incorporated as a Town/First Town Meeting held


1676: Wrentham abandoned during King Philip's War (all but 2 houses burned)


1693: First Wrentham Church Incorporated (Congregational Church)


1873: Wrentham's 200th Anniversary celebration ruined by major storm


1903: Wrentham Fire Department established (all volunteer)


1905: Plainville splits from Wrentham and in incorporated as separate Town


1723: Wrentham's Ed Eaton (or Heaton) hanged as pirate @ Bull's Point


1753: Slave Cesar Chelor is freed by Francis Nicholson's will


1775: Wrentham Minutemen march to Lexington/Concord to sound alarm


1776: General Washington alleged to have a drink at Widow Man's Tavern


1778: Franklin splits from Wrentham and is incorporated as separate Town


1778: Foxboro splits from Wrentham and is incorporated as separate Town


1870: Norfolk splits from Wrentham and is incorporates as separate Town


1890: Wrentham Center's first passenger train


1892: Wrentham Public Library established by Town Meeting vote


1905: Helen Keller moves to Wrentham with Annie Sullivan


1924: Wrentham National Bank is robbed - cashier James Carpenter killed


1929: William Herbert Sweatt dies and leaves Wrentham $200,000


1933: Brown's straw shop burns to ground (behind Common Street)


1964: Wrentham hires first full-time firefighters



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