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Salisbury Signs, July 16, 2012MassDOT today joined state and local officials in Salisbury to unveil five Historical Markers, reclaiming an important connection to the proud history of the Commonwealth.

In 1930, the legislature authorized the Massachusetts Bay Colony Tercentenary Commission to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the colony with historical markers.  Nearly 300 markers were erected statewide, all with an inscription telling the stories of the early settlements in each community.

Five signs were erected in the Town of Salisbury.  MassDOT restored one, the Old Meeting House sign, and replaced four others with replicas of the original 1930 signs.

The Commission 82 years ago promised that "travellers who shall pass by the many storied ways through the lands of the Puritan occupations in the ancient days of the Massachusetts Bay Colony, may now read on tablets set by roadsides or in city streets the tales which the ocean shores, the hills, the fields, the churches, the garrison houses and the old hearthstones, have to tell of the heroism, of the romance and of the tragedies, and of the unfaltering faith, of the ancestors of our Commonwealth."

The legislation called for the highway department to maintain the signs.  Congratulations to MassDOT workers for doing just that, keeping alive the tales of our ancestors.

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