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History

  • The first European settlement in the area was named Quinsigamond. This community was destroyed in 1675 during a conflict between European settlers and Native Americans known as King Philip's War.

 

  • Settlers returned in 1684 and named the community "Worcester" after the county town, Worcester, in the West Midlands of England. This settlement was also abandoned in 1702.

 

  • The third and permanent settlement dates from 1713.  Worcester was incorporated a town in 1722 and as a city 1848. 

 

 

 

Worcester links

 

Worcester, Massachusetts

Link to the Worcester, MA Welcome Page for all the facts and figures on Worcester including :E-Services, City Government, Living and Working, Doing Business, Meetings and events, Health and Safety, seasonal information and much more.

 

 

Famous Worcesterites

 

Abby Kelley Foster

  • American abolitionist, radical social reformer Foster was an active fundraiser for social justice causes, lecturer and committee organizer for the American Anti-Slavery Society
  • She and her husband, Stephen Symonds Foster, used their former home "Liberty Farm" as a shelter on the Underground Railroad, and famously refused to pay taxes on the property because Abby was unable to vote. Today, it's a designated a National Historic Landmark. 

 

Facts and Firsts

  • Isaiah Thomas delivered the first public reading in Massachusetts of the Declaration of Independence in Worcester July, 1776. 
  • The Coes Knife Company of Worcester developed and marketed the first monkey wrench in 1840.
  • Worcester resident Charles Thurber patented the first modern-day typewriter in 1843.
  • The first national convention of women advocating women's suffrage was held in Worcester on October 23 and 24, 1850.
  • Elm Park became one of the first public parks in the country in 1854.
  • Abolitionist and women’s rights activist Abby Kelley Foster lived in the city's Tatnuck neighborhood. 
  •  Resident Joshua Stoddard invented the steam calliope in 1855.
  • J. Lee Richmond of the Worcester pitched the first perfect game in major league baseball history on June 12, 1880.
  • Worcester resident Henry Perky became the first to mass produce shredded wheat in 1895.
  • African American champion bicyclist and "Worcester Whirlwind" Major Taylor lived here for much of his career. 
  • Albert A. Michelson, chairman of Clark Univeristy Phiysics Department, named America's first Nobel Prize Winner in 1902.
  • Dr. Rober H. Goddard of Clark University patented the first liquid fuel rocket in 1914.
  • Worcester resident Harvey Ball designed the world-famous Smiley face in 1963.