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Since it is sure to come up, yes there are wires across the shot. My intention is to show how it is rather than how it could be (by painting out the wires)

This is the west side of Acton and all together there are 5 main sub-towns within the township; Center, West, East, North and South. I think this is the way the British set up the structure of the Massachusetts Bay Company.

The Congregational Church building on the right side of the photo has become a secular alternative school for parents wanting some alternative to the public school system. Other than being run down a bit it looks here as it did 35 years ago, though there are probably more wires strung overhead. There was never an initiative to put the wires from the poles underground. It could be that it would be expensive to bury them, it certainly would be tough to work on them the 5 months of the year that the ground is frozen.

from the internet Wikipedia site:
The first colonial settlement in this area was Concord which was incorporated in 1635. Concord, which was the first inland settlement of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, encompassing the present day towns of Acton, Lincoln, and Carlisle. Concord sits at the junction where the Assabet and Sudbury rivers combine to form the Concord River. Concord farmers used the land which is now Acton as grazing fields for their animals. The first permanent residents of Acton settled there in 1639. They were farmers who needed to be closer to the grazing fields for their animals. They called this section of town Concord Village.

In the mid-1600s, colonists began a program of converting Native Americans to Christianity. The converted Indians were settled into towns which were known as 'Praying Indian Towns'. One of these towns (Nashobah) was located on Nagog Pond which is now on the border between Acton and Littleton.

When King Philip's War (1675 - 1676) broke out, the Praying Indians were considered with suspicion by the colonists. In October, 1675, the General Council in Boston ordered that all Praying Indians be removed from their towns and taken to Deer Island in Boston Harbor. They were released in 1677 when King Philip's War was over.

Residents of the Massachusetts Bay Colony were required to attend Sunday Services and to support through taxation the colony's official religion: Congregationalism. With travel along colonial roads difficult, the Sunday attendance requirement became a burden for the residents of what would become Acton. These residents petitioned the Colony's legislature, the General Court, for the right to have their own meeting house (aka Church) and hire their own minister. With the approval of the General Court, Acton was incorporated as an independent town on July 3rd, 1735. Acton has held Annual Town Meetings since 1735 and the records of those Town Meetings are held at Acton's Memorial Library.

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