Slater's Mark: Samuel Slater and the Founding of Webster  


Webster's East Village

The Town of Webster began with establishment of the Green Mill in Oxford South Gore, Massachusetts. As a small settlement grew up around the mill complex, the area came to be known as the East Village. Later, Slater would expand into Dudley, Massachusetts, building both the South Village, along the east bank of the French River near the Connecticut border, and the North Village, about a mile north also on the French River, near the Oxford-Dudley line. Slater established his Webster home in the East Village and is buried here in the East Village.

Here are two different views of the East Village of Webster. On the left, is an aerial photograph. On the right, is a map of the same area to help you orientate yourself.

Both images courtesy of MapQuest.

Map of the East Village, c. 1900

Map of the East Village
This map of the East Village is from around the turn of the 20th century. At the center, just below the word “East” in “East Village,” you can see the estate of Samuel Slater. Several of his descendants own much of the land around the Samuel Slater Estate. Beneath the word “Village,” is the East Village millworks. A careful look reveals the water trenches that exit Webster Lake and wind their way through the mill and into Mill Brook.

Map courtesy of the Webster-Dudley Historical Society.

Slater Mansion
Slater's Webster home used to on the opposite side of Worcester Road from where Cranston Print Works now is and the Green Mill used to be; today, it is a gas station and coffee shop.

Macek and Morrison, p. 214.

Slater Mansion in the East Village of Webster

Illustration of Webster's South Village

Webster's South Village
Although this is actually a picture of the South Village millworks, it still offers an intersting look as to what the East Village complex may have looked like.

Courtesy of the Webster-Dudley Historical Society.

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