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Southbridge - Then and Now

At left prior to the restoration, and right photo Jan 2007

The Universalist Church Building - 368 Main St., Southbridge Ma
This had been the planned location for the Optical Heritage Museum but ultimately the Museum has opened (Nov 2013 by appointment)
at 12 Crane St in Southbridge.
For details check out our website:

 Optical Heritage Museum Collection

"The Universalist Church building was erected on its present site, at the corner of Hamilton and Main streets, in 1842.
                          It will seat an audience of about four hundred.  In 1865 the interior of the building was frescoed, and a fine organ purchased.
In 1870 the vestry was finished into several rooms, and furnished for the society's use.
Again, in 1884 the building was thoroughly remodeled at large expense, and newly furnished.
At the left, Main street extends with fine residences on either side.
At the right, with a partial view of Whitford's block, is the beginning of Hamilton street."

 from Southbridge: Illustrated with Pen and Camera by Charles W. Eddy, Ware, Mass. published in 1886.

Image from Digitial Treasures Website - JEL Collection

The steeple in the top photo fell during the Hurricane of 1938, as shown below.

Oct 27th, 2006  - Facelift begins on the front

January 31st, 2007

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