Dead and Buried: The Graveyard of Worcester's Blackstone Canal  



Binder, Joshua, Bulat, Nicholas, & Divoll, Sean, "Providence & Worcester Railroad: Worcester's Tie to Tidewater," B.S. thesis, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Worcester Massachusetts, 1995.

Chapin, Henry, "Inaugural Address, April 1, 1850" Worcester City Documents, Vol. 3, Worcester Massachusetts, City of Worcester, Massachusetts, 1851, pp. 5-20.

Coombs, Zelotes W., "The Blackstone Canal: Read before the Worcester Historical Society by Zelotes W. Coombs, January 6, 1914," The Worcester Historical Society Publications, New Series, Vol. 1: 8, Worcester, Massachusetts, Worcester Historical Society, (April, 1935), pp. 458-470.

"Disposal of Sewage," The Worcester Commercial, Vol. I, 1892-1893 [on file at the Worcester Historical Museum (WHM)].

Greene, Bill, "Visit One of Our Sites," Rhode Island Historical Society Web Site, Providence, Rhode Island, Rhode Island Historical Society,, 24 November 2002.

Greenwood, Richard E., "Natural Run and Artificial Falls: Waterpower and the Blackstone Canal," [from unidentified National Park Service publication on file at WHM], Worcester Massachusetts, pp. 51-62.

Kelleher, Tom, "The Blackstone Canal: Artery to the Heart of the Commonwealth," Sturbridge, Massachusetts, Old Sturbridge Village, 1997 [on file at WHM].

Plummer, Israel, "History of the Blackstone Canal," Slatersville, Rhode Island, Robert R. Bellerose, Bookseller, 1998. [Originally published Proceedings of the Worcester Society of Antiquity, Vol 1: 3 (1878), pp. 41-50.]

Sessions, Catherine D., "The Blackstone Canal," The Blackstone Canal: Papers Read Before the Deborah Wheelock Chapter, D.A.R. at a Meeting Held at the Home of Mrs. Shute, November 9, 1907, Uxbridge, Massachusetts, Deborah Wheelock Chapter, D.A.R., (1910) pp. 1-10.



Most of the research for this site was completed at the Worcester Historical Museum. I also spoke informally with a several people who were able to give me small insights into the Canal. Finally, it was a matter of exploring Worcester and reading the layout of streets and buildings to learn where the Canal ran.



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