Spencer’s Cultural Council has programs that enrich the lives of Spencer area residents. In 2014 here are some of the programs that Spencer Cultural Council enabled:
Facts and Fun History
Which presidents slept here? You might’ve known George Washington. But who else?
From great produce to green social events Spencer’s natural beauty is ideally situated for easy accessibility and well suited to host gatherings at any number of great venues.
Spencer’s started in 1717 when Nathaniel Wood settled in the region. Spencer’s third resident, John Graton 1723 lived in the vicinity of what is now Stiles Reservoir. His farm was where industry grew and started in 1740 when the first mill was located along the Seven Mile River Spencer’s main river running through the town area. In 1753 it was incorporated as a town separated from Leicester.
In 1774 when the War of Independence broke out in Boston, Captain Ebenezer Mason and 56 men from Spencer set out immediately for Boston.
One of the Spencer earliest downtown venues was the site of several key events.
In the winter of 1776 Jenk’s Tavern was host to General Henry Knox as he made his way to Dorchester Heights and George Washington to force the evacuation of British troops out of Boston on March 17,1776. Apparently Spencers hospitality became known then as well as today.
In 1784 Spencer was a major stopping place on the Old Boston Post Road’s stage route between Boston and Hartford, and on to New York. Passengers changed stages in Spencer, as one coach would come from Boston and connect with one coming north from Hartford. Each stagecoach would turn around and return whence it came. Travelers often stopped for the night at Jenk’s Tavern in Spencer, (as mentioned General Henry Knox, pushing his cannons through the streets of the town on his way to Boston from Ticonderoga), and George Washington on October 22, 1789. Perhaps Knox suggested Washington stop and enjoy Jenk’s Tavern.
Spencer still has colonial-era milestone markers showing the route of the old post road. Massasoit Hotel in downtown where President Washington stayed. The hotel was the stage coach hub where passengers would stop and stay or change coaches to go south to Hartford or North to Barre MA and beyond. One of the best coaches that served the region was the recently restored Ginery Twitchell stagecoach,the best of 1859 by Abbott Downing of Concord NH. The stage weighs 2, 450 pounds and seated 12 passengers along with mail service. The coach was named after Ginery Twitchell, an exceptional postal express rider, who on January 23, 1846 rode sixty miles through deep snow from Worcester to Hartford in 3 hours and twenty minutes.
Mr Twitchell became president of the Boston and Worcester Railroad and the Atchinson, Topeka and SantaFe railroads followed by three successive terms as Congresman. Twitchell is credited with the development of America’s early transportation network.
On April 18, 1819, Phineas Jones Jr was born as the youngest child of fourteen children and the only one to survive into adulthood. He later became Spencer’s only Congressman to date.
There is a wealth of history from founder to Shaker Community and our ties in with their community in Shirley MA.
The Small Business Service Bureau (SBSB)
This is the site of the former Small Business Service Bureau (SBSB) land once owned by Frank Carrol of Carroll Enterprises and the Small Business Service Bureau in nearby Worcester.
When President Carter spoke at Clark University, the Secret Service wanted an ideal place where they would have privacy. Frank knew just the right location on over 61.5 acres with 2 nature ponds and beautiful views the former SBSB site proved a great location for President Carter’s visit.
Our local agriculture combines with great ambiance which local function facilities draw upon for sustainable local interchanges. The results are inter-related commerce suitable for everyone to draw upon to solve most any need.