Natural Resources Trust of Mansfield

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  • to acquire and preserve natural resources for use and enjoyment by present and future generations
     
  • to preserve and protect wildlife areas and historic sites
     
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Established in 1971 to Preserve Mansfield's
Natural Resources for Future Generations
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“This Old Town”
Bringing Mansfields’ Past to Life

At first glance Mansfield does not seem a remarkable town. Located in southeastern Massachusetts, 45 minutes drive from Boston, 30 from Providence, in recent years it has become an outer suburb, a bedroom community of 23.184 (2010 census). Once it was farm land, later  industrial. Changes in the past 50 years have been so rapid that many of its earlier features no longer exist. Change from the 1640’s to the 1960’s progressed at a slower pace.

The Natural Resources Trust of Mansfield (NRT) is pleased to have compiled a collection of  town historian Harry Chase’s articles, mostly from the Mansfield News from 1967-2016, including stories from Mansfield’s earliest settlement and history, its people and how they lived, its geography, natural features, climate and weather, its early coal mines and railroads, and Harry’s own memories of growing up in
 “This Old Town.” There is much to enjoy in reading Harry Chase’s stories.

This Old Town contains over 160 stories of Harry’s best Mansfield News columns plus annotations and pictures. There are chapters on Harry’s memories of Mansfield as a youth, Mansfield people, trains and trolleys, the Great Woods, nature, and of course this old town. All arranged in an easy to read format.

The stories and pictures were compiled by NRT president Lou Andrews with the help of NRT directors Jane Sheehan and John Southard. Many pictures were provided by the Mansfield Historical Society, thanks to Kevin McNatt. Mansfield News Editor Donna Whitehead aided by supplying articles from the News archives. The book was printed in part with grants from the Mansfield Non-profit Gift Fund and the NRT.

Books are available from this web site by clicking here.

(Click here for sample stories)

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NRT President Lou Andrews presents the first book to author and town historian Harry Chase.

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