New Additions from Historical Commission
The Pepperell Historical Commission scanned antique images of Pepperell from the archives at the Lawrence Library. The images include old businesses that existed in town in the past, the Covered Bridge, railroad photos, early 1900 views of Main Street and more. We will continue to add images to this archive over time.
The images can be enlarged to approximately 12x18 inches and some will enlarge to 16x20 inches but may lose detail or require cropping. We hope that these offer reflection upon our history and help create a memorable and lasting impression of Pepperell. Please contact the Commission if we can be of assistance at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Historical ArchivesFrom the Reports of the Town Clerk:
In addition to Pepperell's rich history leading up to and during the Revolutionary War era, the Town Clerk's records mark several pivotal moments in Pepperell's history:
- Act establishing the District of "Pepperrell," April 12, 1753
- Revolutionary War era in Pepperell
- Meeting of the Inhabitants of the District of Pepperell, January 11, 1773 in response to the "Boston Pamphlet" outlining the encroachments on civil liberties by the British crown, including a response to Boston and a letter to the state representative.
- Resolutions by the Inhabitants of the District of Pepperell, June 27, 1774 regarding the increasingly imposing hand of the British crown on the colonies and the parlamentary acts known to colonists as the "Intolerable Acts."
- Raising of the Liberty Pole and the First American Flag flown in open defiance of the crown, August 29, 1774
- Revolutionary War - District Clerk's entry regarding the news of the Battles at Lexington and Concord, April 19, 1775
- Revolutionary War - District Clerk's entry regarding the news of the Battle of Bunker Hill, June 17, 1775
- Declaration of Independence - Read aloud in Pepperell on September 15, 1776 and transcribed into the Town Records.
- Town Meeting Article from March 1777 - "To here (sic) the request of Leonard Whiting's guard (so called) and act anything in reference there unto as shall then be thot proper."
- Roster of Residents Available to Serve in the Civil War - List of persons able to provide military duty was submitted to the Town Clerk by the Assessors of Pepperell on May 15, 1861, at the beginning of the American Civil War.
- Pepperell Commerce 1800s -1900s - as described by Mrs. N. B. Appleton.
- Pepperell Town Seal - the creation of a Town Seal Committee and its results.
- Pepperell Common with its Historical Surroundings - a description of the area around Town Hall compiled by Helen M. Robbins in 1935 for the Prudence Wright Chapter of the D.A.R.