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Wilmington, Massachusetts, has made the natural transition from a traditional, rural landscape into a modern, bustling American cityscape. Located north of Boston, Wilmington’s transformation from a community dotted with labyrinth farm roads into a town crisscrossed by far-reaching and accessible interstate highways is an accurate reflection of small-town America’s amazing expansion and growth. However, Wilmington, while continuing to move forward, has not forgotten its history and uses the lessons learned from its past to work toward tomorrow’s goals. This volume of over two hundred photographs captures the kaleidoscope of the Wilmington experience over the past one hundred years, especially the period between 1887 and 1965. The reader will walk along forgotten, dirt roads and sparsely populated city streets, explore old farms and once-undeveloped countrysides, peer into old schools, churches, and town buildings, and witness the sporting events, parades, and various celebrations of yesteryear.
About the Author
Paul L. Chalifour, a local police officer and lifelong resident of Wilmington, has compiled a wonderful collection of photographs that accurately portrays the changing scenes and times of this growing Massachusetts town. Taking photographs from the town archives, library collections, historical commission collections, and the private albums of area families, Chalifour has woven a beautiful tapestry of Wilmington, capturing all the triumphs and struggles that make this town so special.