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historic-marker-installed-framingham-august-2018MassDOT and the City of Framingham have announced that crews have reinstalled a historic 1930 Massachusetts Bay Colony Tercentenary Marker in Framingham as part of an effort to inventory and document the original markers that were installed nearly 90 years ago throughout the Commonwealth. The marker in Framingham, which commemorates colonial farmer Thomas Eames, was located in a MassDOT storage facility before being rehabilitated with the Framingham Historical Commission and reinstalled this summer at the corner of Mt. Wayte Avenue and Dudley Road.

“MassDOT has been pleased to work with the City of Framingham and reinstall this 90-year-old roadway marker that celebrates the history of this local community and Massachusetts,” said Highway Administrator Jonathan Gulliver. “The Commonwealth has a rich heritage and MassDOT is proud to be inventorying and restoring many of these markers to help inform residents and commuters of notable events and facts about our cities and towns.”

“We were glad to see this historical marker returned to Framingham, as it tells an important piece of the city’s early history,” said Framingham Historical Commission Chair Fred Wallace. “This marker is a great way to bring more awareness to Framingham’s history, as it is accessible to anyone driving or biking in the area.”

This marker in Framingham is one of the original markers that were installed across the Commonwealth in 1930 to commemorate the 300th anniversary of the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony. MassDOT’s Cultural Resources Unit is currently undertaking a project to identify and restore these markers and has located 150 markers that remain on roadways throughout Massachusetts. Nineteen other markers are being restored or have been located in storage facilities.

 The markers are made of cast iron with the background painted white, the letters and the trim in black, and the coat of arms of the Commonwealth in blue and gold. All of the markers are 36 inches wide and between 35 and 45 inches tall, not including the post, and weigh between 65 and 200 pounds. They each highlight important past events and figures and provide facts about local communities, and the text is the same on both sides of the marker so that travelers from either direction may read the inscriptions.

MassDOT staff will soon be restoring seventeen markers in Highway District 2 which includes Springfield and areas in Western Massachusetts. Staff are also working with students at the Worcester Technical High School who are themselves rehabilitating two markers from Worcester. Additionally, as MassDOT is completing roadway work adjacent to a marker location, repairs to the marker are being made.

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