DO YOU KNOW:
*That Native Americans have used this area for thousands of years, and perhaps the paths through the woods where now we jog, and walk our dogs? (Come and see our collection of Native Artifacts.)
*That there was a time when all citizens of the town were compelled to attend the unheated Meeting House for three hours every Sunday?
*That thirty-five of the brave Minute Men who marched to Concord from Wayland to dare to battle the British, are buried in the North Cemetery?
*That of the
seventy citizens of Wayland who fought in the Civil War, three of them were members of the Butterfield family? And that when Charles Butterfield was a prisoner in the hands of the Confederates, he was so hungry that he was thankful to be given animals' eyes to eat? (We have the walking cane that he made when he was a prisoner, at the Grout-Heard House.)
*That the home of the Wayland Historical Society, the Grout-Heard House, originally built around
1740 was moved twice, once in 1878 to Old Sudbury Rd., and then back to its original site in 1962?
*That in World War
II, two newsletters, "The Village Bugle," and the "Cochituate Jeep," were produced and mailed abroad to all Wayland servicemen? (We have copies in our archives for you to read.)
*That Wayland north of Boston Post Road was such a peaceful farming community that traffic signals were not needed in the center until 1951?
*That James Madison Bent, aged twenty-one in 1823, invented shoe making machinery that began to produce so many shoes that he built the Bent Shoe Factory in Cochituate, which, by
1875 employed 491 people? (We have some of his shoe making tools for you to see.)