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.
This collection of Harry Chase’s articles, mostly from The Mansfield News from 1967-2016, includes stories from its 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.